HERSHEY, Pa. — The Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine has expanded this year’s Global Health Exchange Program from two weeks to three and doubled the number of students involved to 20. This growing partnership between Penn State and international academic institutions offers Penn State public health students the chance to complete international practicums or advanced field experiences abroad. International students also get an up-close view of the U.S. health care system.
In July, the Hershey campus will host students from Taiwan, China, Barbados, Tanzania, South Africa, Germany and Bahrain. Meanwhile, five public health sciences graduate students will also participate in the program.
“We are building an international network of global health professionals,” said Kristin Sznajder, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and associate director of international initiatives. “Through the experiential learning offered in the Global Health Exchange Program, students come together to develop a strong understanding of health challenges and diverse approaches to improving health with colleagues from around the world.”
While abroad, Penn State students gain an international perspective on health care systems while conducting international research. While in the U.S., international students interact with public health experts, state and national legislators, as well as Penn State students and faculty. At the conclusion of the Hershey program, students present final projects that address global health challenges.
Learn more about the Global Health Exchange Program on Penn State Medicine.