There are several distinct International Health programs affiliated with Case School of Medicine that involve faculty in the Center for Global Health, the University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center.
The Framework Program for Global Health integrates a variety of academic disciplines at Case Western Reserve University that are relevant to Global Health. Students participating in individual academic programs will have an opportunity to expand their exposure to these other disciplines through an introductory Global Health course, INTH 401. Students may then use the resources of this program to apply their individual course of study to a specific area of Global Health through additional courses and/or with international experiences.
Each year, 25 to 30 Case medical students travel abroad for study and research. Some students do this during the summer after their first year of study, the only scheduled break in the four year curriculum; others take one or two months of senior year electives abroad. Most of these students travel to developing countries, and recent students have gone to many countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. More information regarding locations visited and possible overseas contacts can be found on the International Experiences & Opportunities Page.
The Center for Global Health & Diseases plays a major role in coordinating and arranging these international student activities. The Center has existing linkages with a number of overseas programs suitable for sponsored Case students, and about half of Case students who go abroad use these opportunities. Other students initiate and plan their own programs; the Center facilitates their efforts and sponsors them after their arrangements are complete. The Center does not sponsor or facilitate international activities for students from other medical schools.
Funding for international student travel is limited. The Case Office of Student Affairs controls small endowment funds that provide awards for senior students. These awards typically are several hundred dollars. Students may obtain research fellowships from the Crile Fund, also administered by the Office of Student Affairs, and these fellowships may be used to pursue research overseas. First year students in the primary care track may use their allotted funds from that program to undertake their required summer activities, which may be done at an appropriate international site. Finally, the Department of Family Medicine funds a limited number of fellowships for students during the summer following first year, and these funds may be used for an appropriate international activity.
Travel fellowships are available for medical students and Family Medicine residents at CWRU. For more information please contact: