Global Health

Guatemalan landscape

Our faculty and staff are committed to discoveries that optimize the health of children, families, elders and communities everywhere.

Our students, staff, faculty and alumni are contributing to creating a healthy future for the planet through their work locally and around the world. We offer students global perspectives and opportunities and seek to build meaningful and sustainable partnerships. Through our research discoveries, collaborative service and policy development, we are transforming global health one person, family, community, and environment at a time.

Whether partnering to prevent emerging infectious pandemic threats in Africa and Asia or encouraging healthy adolescent-parent communication in refugee families locally in the Twin Cities, the School of Nursing is at the forefront of global health promotion.

At the School of Nursing, global learning occurs in the classroom, on-line and by travel abroad, as well as through collaboration with visiting scholars from around the world and partner organizations that include academic institutions and government and non-governmental agencies.

Opportunities for Students


Global Health through Study Abroad in Ireland

This 10-day course will bring students to clinical and community health settings to explore the history of Irish nursing and learn how Irish nurses are transforming their health care system.

City scene in Brazil

Women's Health Practicum in Brazil

10-day health immersion course in village and urban settings based in the port city of Salvador, Brazil. Students will experience women's healthcare in the context of environment, race, culture and policy. 

People at Guatemalan Market

Primary Care Practicum in Guatemala

March 16-23, 2019
The Guatemala Study Abroad Program will provide students with the opportunity to provide direct care to patients across the lifespan at mobile clinics in rural Guatemala.

Cuban painting

Global health through study abroad in Cuba

March 16-24, 2019
This 1 credit course will focus on population health and interprofessional practice at the community level. Students will observe all three levels of the highly effective Cuban health care system including neighborhood primary care clinics, local multi-specialty clinics, and acute care hospitals. 

Iceland waterfall

Global Health and Management in Iceland

May 18-25, 2019
This 1-2 credit course will focus on international nursing leadership and employee management grounded in population health.


Easing lifetime transitions with Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in Iceland

May 11- 18, 2019
This international experience will focus on the use of cognitive behavioral therapies for use with people across the age span who have mental health concerns related to life transitions such as parenthood, aging, medical illness.


Women’s Health Practicum in Uganda

December 31, 2018 - January 12, 2019
This international experience will focus on health policy and structure of health in Uganda as well as environmental factors contributing to health and wellness.