Year 1

Year 1

By entering the MSIH M.D. Program, you will join the ranks of physicians with global health training who understand that medicine is more than the treatment of disease — it also involves a mixture of social, environmental, political, climatic, cultural and economic determinants. Our M.D. program gives you the tools and credentials to not only treat an illness, but also to understand its underlying cause.



Your first year is divided into three trimesters:

  • Two trimesters of basic science alongside global health courses
  • Final trimester that includes a lecture series on oncology, an introduction to your first two systems (hematology and endocrinology), and global health and Hebrew language courses

Month One

Three courses will start off your studies:

  • Introduction to Global Health and Medicine (GHM), which continues throughout the first two trimesters
  • Emergency Medicine, which is an intensive, practical three-week course culminating in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • Hebrew Language, which continues throughout the year

You will also attend a lecture series on medical ethics.

Trimester One

Following the initial introductory period, you will dedicate your first trimester to the study of basic science courses, such as:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology

You will also continue to take:

  • Hebrew Language
  • Introduction to Global Health and Medicine

Trimester Two

During the second trimester, you will continue to study basic sciences, such as:

  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Pathology

You will also continue to take:

  • Hebrew Language
  • Introduction to Global Health and Medicine

Trimester Three

During the third trimester, your studies will consist of:

  • Oncology Lecture Series
  • Hematology System
  • Endocrinology System
  • Hebrew Language

You’ll also take two GHM modules throughout the year (examples only — module offerings vary each year):

  • Migration and Health
  • AIDS
  • Anatomy of Urban Health for the Poor and Underserved
  • Birth as a Human Right
  • Disaster Management
  • Health Inequities: Local and International Perspectives
  • International Health Promotion
  • Medicine and Literature
  • Neglected Tropical Disease
  • Nutrition
  • Poverty and Health
  • Theatrical Skills and Medical Clowning
  • Travel Medicine
  • Tuberculosis
  • Women’s Health

You will also continue to take:

  • Hebrew Language

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