The information below is only a summary. Please review the Global Health Elective (GHE) Criteria & Requirements for complete information.

Six Months Prior to Global Health Elective

Step 1: Choose an elective

  • Review the Global Health Elective (GHE) Criteria & Requirements and then choose an elective. Ideally this should begin at least six months ahead of time (more if possible). GHE’s can be arranged by: working with the OGH, going through a third-party organization or finding your own opportunity. Email the program manager to schedule a time to meet and discuss where you would like to go. Regardless of how arranged, all GHE’s must be approved by the OGH.
  • The host site must be in a developing nation (lower, lower middle or upper middle income). The World Bank provides a list of qualifying countries.
  • Students are not permitted to be gone on Match Day.

Step 2: Host Approval and Visa

  • Initiate contact with the program or contact to find out how to apply (If you are going to an affiliated institution, you will work directly with the OGH). You will need an acceptance letter from the host institution/program to submit with the OIA application.
  • Determine if you will need a visa. Depending on where you travel, your visa may require several months of lead time to obtain.

60 Days Prior to Global Health Elective

Step 3: Global Health Elective Application

  • The program manager will send instructions on how to complete the online application through the Office of International Affairs.

Step 4: Global Health Elective Approval

  • Within two weeks of submitting your application, you will be notified as to whether your request has been approved. If approved, you will be sent an email containing instructions for completing the online OIA application. Funding will not be awarded until the outlined requirements are met.
  • Each student must complete an OIA application online and submit a fee of $150 by the dates outlined in the application deadline table. After you have completed your OIA application, you will be signed up for a supplemental health insurance policy and charged a fee per day for the duration of the GHE.

Step 5: Pre-travel Preparation

  • Each student must have a one-on-one session with the OGH program manager, which will include an explanation of the GHE requirements and site-specific tips on travel safety and cultural competency. This meeting can be set up once the student has been approved by the OGH for a GHE. Please contact the program manager to schedule this meeting – preferably after OIA application approval.
  • Each student must complete the designated modules (please see GHE Criteria and Requirements for the specific modules needed) from the USAID Global Health eLearning Center and submit a certificate of completion for each module prior to travel.
  • The student is responsible for taking the preceptor evaluation form to the rotation and returning the evaluation to the OGH.

Step 6: Funding Deposit

  • Funding will be deposited once pre-travel requirements are completed. Your GHE funding will be posted via direct deposit. Please allow up to two weeks for this transaction to be posted after you have completed all pre-elective requirements.

Within 14-days of GHE completion

Step 7: Evaluation

  • Students are responsible for returning the preceptor evaluation to the OGH, who will then complete the grade. Each student must complete a course and site evaluation on Vitals.

Step 8: Report

  • Students are required to write a detailed report of their experience and must submit it to the program coordinator via email. Photos should be submitted as a separate attachment.

Step 9: Final Grade

  • All requirements must be submitted within two weeks of completing the GHE or a grade of “Incomplete” will be posted to the student’s record.