Global Health

Global Health

MSIH is a unique school that prepares physicians to address the impact of cultural, economic, political and environmental factors on the health of individuals and populations worldwide. It is the world’s first and only medical school to incorporate core global health courses into all four years of an M.D. program. Classes are small, intimate and challenging. At MSIH, you learn not only to be a doctor, but also to be a skilled physician with a comprehensive view of health around the world.

Why Should I Study Global Health?

Students focus on global health for a variety of reasons, commonly including the desire to:

  • Have a real impact as a medical practitioner attuned to issues of social justice

  • Work effectively with underserved populations

  • Study medicine alongside other disciplines such as epidemiology, sociology, economics, political science, ethics and agriculture

  • Gain experience working with diverse communities throughout the world

How Will My M.D. Focus on Global Health?

Our program takes an integrated approach to global health and cross-cultural medicine. The curriculum provides a comprehensive education in medical sciences and clinical training, with focused global health coursework, concepts, issues and practices throughout. As a student at MSIH, you’ll participate in an array of global health and medicine components, including:


Global health modules such as Tropical Diseases, Birth as a Human Rights Issue, Aging, Anatomy of Urban Health for the Poor and Underserved, HIV/AIDS, Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Countries and more

Clinical clerkships providing exposure to diverse patients from southern Israel’s Bedouin and Ethiopian communities, as well as immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East

Eight weeks in a global health rotation in diverse locations around the world, such as India, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Peru, Mexico and Ethiopia

A year-long course in clinical and global medicine that covers history, critical concepts, clinical care practice and emerging issues in the field

Courses in epidemiology and anthropology that emphasize demographic and cultural issues

A course in biostatistics that develops the skills to write a high-quality research paper on topics relevant to global health issues

An interactive workshop that offers cross-cultural clinical communications skills and simulations


Luisa Bonilla Hernandez, Third-Year Student

What Other Factors Should I Consider?