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Global Health Research for Undergraduates

December 5, 2016
Arts and Humanities
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Various Locations
First Year


Global Health Research for Undergraduates is a program that will enable selected undergraduate students with interests in global health to join graduate student teams IFAP sites around the world, including New York City, to carry out summer research projects in association with local healthcare organizations.  Depending on interests and abilities, students will be assigned to a project at one of the aforementioned sites, generally with two undergraduate students in total at each site. Students in the program will also have the opportunity to enroll in two credit-bearing global health courses at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (P & S) and pursue an independent study project based on their summer research project with a faculty mentor from P & S. All courses will be offered at the CU College of Physicians and Surgeons. Total costs, including excursions and placement fees as well as airfare and accommodation, range from approximately $2900 to $4300. The Office of Global Programs will work with applicants to research and apply for fellowships that may help to cover costs.

Eligibility: Columbia College, GS, SEAS candidates are welcome to apply.  Candidates must possess language proficiency skills if required for the individual site.

Application Process: To apply, please visit the OGP website and download the application here. Submit the completed application, resume/C.V., and statement of interest (see application download for prompt) no later than Monday, December 5, 2016.

Admitted students will be notified in mid-December and will cross-register for GLHL M7207: Research Methods in Global Health (1.5 credits) for their spring semester.  At the beginning of the summer, students travel to their research site and spend eight weeks in residence, conducting research as part of a three person team that will also include one student from P & S and one student from another Columbia health sciences graduate school.  Upon their return at the start of the fall term, students will register for an independent study with a P & S faculty member (3 credits) and for GLHLM7206: Introduction to Global Health (3 credits). The program culminates with the Global Health Research Undergraduate Symposium, where each student will present their research at an event attended by students, faculty, and program administrators.

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