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

Each year, global experiences emphasizing cultural appreciation and exploration of other health systems are offered to students to enrich their nursing educational journey. In 2019-2020 students will have an opportunity to participate in a faculty-led global experience in Kenya, Cuba, Ireland, or Iceland.

Global experience in Kenya
January 10-20, 2020
This immersion course will bring students to urban and rural settings in Nairobi and Mombasa. Students will experience healthcare and mental healthcare in the context of environment, race, culture and policy.

Primary Care Practicum in Guatemala
January 11-18, 2020
Students in this immersion course will gain an understanding of the socio-cultural factors affecting the health and well-being of urban and rural Guatemalans through collaborative activities with local communities in urban and rural village locations in and around the historic city of Antigua.

Global Health experience in Cuba
March 7-15, 2020
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.

Global Health and Management in Iceland
May 16-23, 2020
This course will focus on international nursing leadership and employee management grounded in population health. Students will observe different models of health care delivery in Reykjavik and explore the impact of a single payer system.