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UNC Global Health Study

The SON has expanded capacity for global health learning experiences in both formal courses and through other experiential opportunities locally and globally. We recognize that global learning happens in local, multicultural settings as well as across borders. Faculty and students embrace to learn from global visitors as well as through global experiences as outlined below.

Undergraduate Summer Work Experience (N489)

This course is a counterpart of the N487 Summer Work Experience but is designed for students who desire a global health experience. Interested individuals should contact Chris Harlan at chris_harlan@unc.edu at least one semester prior to the planned work experience.

Health Care in the Global Context (N609, sections 1-4)

Section for Guatemala: Focus is on Spanish language immersion while living with local families and visits to primary care clinics. Faculty contact: Chris Harlan

Section for service learning Honduras mission trip which focuses on providing medical care to children and families. Faculty contact: Jean Davison

Section for London: Focus is on health care systems and comparisons of health care delivery. Faculty contact: Laura Nasir

Section for Service Learning among Special Populations: Focus is on interdisciplinary service learning and examination of special population groups in North Carolina. Faculty contact: Sonda Oppewal

Honors Projects/Synthesis (N691H/692H)

Students who participate in a global health project may also have the opportunity of combining this into an honors or master’s project. Undergraduate honors students are paired with a faculty advisor who guides the student in their independent study honors project. More information about the honors project can be found here. Graduate students can find information regarding master’s projects here. Eligible students can apply for funding through the Linda R. Cronenwett Award, Global Health Scholars Award, or Center for Global Initiatives. See Resources and Support for moreinformation.

¡A su salud! (N613I/N615I)

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¡A su salud! (meaning “To Your Health!”) is a Spanish language program for students and practicing health professionals. Currently intermediate and advanced level are offered. ¡A su salud! uses DVD-based video, DVD- and web-based interactive exercises, and a comprehensive print workbook to teach intermediate Spanish language skills and promote cultural awareness.

Graduate Global Health Certificate

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The Gillings School of Global Health at UNC-Chapel Hill offers the Graduate Certificate in Global Health to enable graduate students to develop the skills needed to respond to the changing global environment as well as working with diverse populations. The Certificate offers currently enrolled graduate students an opportunity to meet the departmental requirements for the certificate by enrolling in courses, seminars, and fieldwork or internships that provide for a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions. Students will gain competence in identifying and analyzing factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and health services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. Students enrolled in a SON graduate degree program may apply after an interview with the Director of the Office of Global Health. Please email the Office of Global Health to set-up an interview.

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC)

SHAC is a student led organization whose mission is to provide free health services to local underserved individuals and communities, partner with communities to develop and implement sustainable programs, and create an interdisciplinary service learning environments for students in the health science programs at UNC. Nursing students can visit the SHAC website for more information as well as view the bulletin board on the Ground Floor of Carrington.


APPLES is a student-led program that builds sustainable, service-learning partnerships among students, faculty and communities in North Carolina and beyond. By engaging all partners in an enriched, community-based curriculum, our experiential programs foster socially aware and civically involved students.

Outside Organizations

There are many organizations which offer learning opportunities both from their web sites and from participation in service learning experiences. We offer examples of these organizations and opportunities below.

Global Health Council
The world’s largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world. You can sign up to be on their listerv here.

International Council of Nurses (ICN)

Peace Corps

Save the Children

International Committee of the Red Cross

World Health Organization

Project Hope

Foundation for Sustainable Development

USA Freedom Corp

International Jobs Center

Public Health Jobs Worldwide

International Medical Corp

Compassion International


Doctors Without Borders