Global Health electives allow medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty from the Western Connecticut Health Network and the Larner College of Medicine to travel to established sites abroad and to engage in the cultural and educational exchange that characterizes global health. The electives are entirely subsidized, and participants are chosen through an application/interviewing process.

Each rotation is up to 6 weeks and consists of two central components: clinical and sociocultural. First year students fulfill their clinical component by carrying out research projects, while senior medical students and residents complete a clinical rotation in addition to optional research. Students are given a rich cultural experience through a variety of historical and language seminars, field trips, and the host family program (Uganda).

United States -based faculty mentors accompany medical students and residents for 1-2 weeks of their elective. Their participation creates continuity and the medical supervision needed to enrich the student and resident experience. Sending faculty from UVM Larner and other universities helps to provide capacity-building and education, key to the success of our five global health partners. Each faculty member who travels with the global health program teaches classes to the local doctors, nurses and other clinical staff at partner sites, as well as in the community at locations like the Dominican Republic with a strong focus on community health. 

Fourth-Year Elective Application

We encourage students to apply as far in advance as possible. 

Applications for the fourth-year Global Health elective will be reviewed 3 times per year and should be submitted at least 6 months prior to desired travel dates. Students who participated in the elective during their first year must apply again for the fourth-year elective. The program is particularly interested in supporting students who would be willing to travel during the summer elective with the first-year students.

Application Deadlines:

October 1, 2018 for spring 2019 electives

January 7, 2019 for summer/early fall 2019 electives

May 6, 2019 for late fall 2019/winter 2020

First-Year Elective Application:

Applications for first-year students who wish to participate in the summer Global Health elective between their first and second year of medical school are due October 1, 2018. Interviews will take place in October and November, and students will be notified about acceptance status by Thanksgiving.  

Please email the Global Health coordinator, Audree Frey, with any questions.

Apply Now!

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring/Summer 2019 Global Health electives for first-year and fourth-year students! The application deadline is October 1, 2018. We will conduct interviews in October and November and students will be notified of acceptance status by Thanksgiving. Apply Now>>


The Homestay Model of Global Health Science

Our Global Health Program has a robust partnership with Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Learn more about the homestay model visiting medical students experience and meet some of the people who make it happen in this short documentary, produced by Richard Nsubuga and Ben Akul of Uganda-based Kapo Productions.


Our Connecticut campus is the home of the Global Health Program. Watch the video to learn about our clerkship program at the Connecticut Campus.


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