What should I consider before applying to a GHE?

Some factors that you should consider are:

  • Your professional and personal goals for this global health experience
  • Your general career goals
  • Your experience with the language and culture of the places you’ve chosen
  • Hobbies or special abilities you could contribute
  • Any special areas of interest that you hope to pursue while on your GHE
  • Any other relevant factors


What are the deadlines to apply?

All applications must meet the following deadlines: December 1st for January trips, December 30th for all other trips.  Please note that the IHS will require an additional application and that selection is based on acceptance from IHS- this information will be sent to you if and when we select you for IHS.


Are these the only trips I can apply to?

All current GHEs have formalized agreements with CDM that consider your activities while abroad as part of your academic and clinical studies at CDM.  You are therefore covered under the university liability and malpractice insurance policy.

If you choose to pursue any other global experiences, you must meet with the Dean of Student Affairs to discuss necessary steps.


If selected, how should I prepare for my upcoming GHE?

Please consider:

  • The conditions you will be living in are in most cases rural villages and rural surroundings; be prepared with insect repellant/nets; Water bottle
  • While religious observances must be respected, understand that you are traveling to an underserved area that will most likely not supply special dietary items or provide designated places/times for prayer; you may also be asked to travel on a day of religious observance since travel to and from GHE locations must be planned and done with the entire group; individual travel is neither encouraged during GHE formal activities supported by the CDM
  • Never engage in clinic activity you are not prepared for or have not been trained to perform through CDM or CDM partners
  • Research your destination country/countries through the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. Also research your destination country/countries at the U.S. State Department website at http://www.state.gov/countries
  • Check and verify visa requirements for each of your destination countries. In some countries, visa procurement can take up to several weeks, so plan ahead For information on visa requirements, visit the host country’s Office of the Consulate General website. U.S. Citizens can refer to the U.S. Department of State’s visa information at http://travel.state.gov/visa.  International Students must verify that their travel meets the conditions of their student visa by consulting with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). For more information, visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/isso/.
  • Verify that you have adequate worldwide health insurance coverage prior to your departure.  If you are enrolled in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, your travel insurance benefits (including medical evacuation) are provided by On Call International.  For more information, and details regarding coverage and exclusions, visit the Health Services website at http://health.columbia.edu.
  • While away, email the Office of Student Affairs at laz1@columbia.edu with any changes or updates to contact information.