Global Health Track Members

Students pictured from left to right – Kevin Lynch, Gary Canner, and Donald Bennett are from the School of Medicine. Jessica Zook is from the School of Pharmacy. Not pictured: Kyle Kimerer, School of Medicine

Welcome to Our Program!

The Global Health Program (GHP), formerly known as the International Health Program (IHP), at West Virginia University was established in 1991 as an interdisciplinary program at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Under the directorship of Melanie A. Fisher, MD, MSc, the GHP is composed of faculty, students, and staff who are interested in global health. The program is student-centered and its major activities promote education of students and all health professionals in global health.

Major activities of the Global Health Program (GHP) include providing opportunities for WVU students to have rotations in medicine and public health in developing countries and a variety of international settings. The GHP at WVU also provides an annual course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health (Tropical Medicine Course) for health care professionals every summer. The GHP welcomes participation of all health professions students including those in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and allied health, as well as faculty and staff from the Health Sciences Center in order to promote interest and service in global health.

The Program Coordinator for the GHP and the Tropical Medicine Course is Nancy Sanders, P.O. Box 9164 Health Sciences Center, phone (304) 293-5916, fax (304) 293-2209, and email For student electives and other aspects of the Global Health Program contact Jacque Visyak, email

Tropical Medicine Course

June 9, 2015 – July 22, 2015 (In Person) | June 22, 2015 - March 1, 2016 (Online)

The course focuses on the imparting of essential skills and competencies in clinical tropical medicine, laboratory skills in a low-technology setting, epidemiology and disease control, and travelers' health. The didactic portion of the ASTMH course is conducted by both full-time and clinical faculty at WVU, and by visiting faculty from several American and foreign schools of medicine and public health. The course runs for 8 weeks during the summer months each year. Lecturers and demonstrators have had significant overseas experiences in clinical tropical medicine and/or tropical public health, and/or are nationally or internationally recognized in their field of expertise. The Global Health Program can help arrange for overseas field experience.

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Current Student International Rotations

One Month

Offered: Selected months, usually February and April—other months with permission.

Honduras Rotation 2010Objectives include providing fourth year medical students with experience in the practice of medicine in an international setting; introducing medical students to important global health issues; and preparing students for international travel. Students taking this elective will spend one month in a WVU-affiliated overseas hospital or clinic. Sites currently include Barbuda, Honduras, People’s Republic of China, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uganda, Italy, Ghana, and India. All students taking the elective are encouraged to apply for the Travel Awards offered by WVU’s global Health Program. Selections for the Travel Awards are made by a faculty review panel. Medical faculty serve as preceptors at the site during the month rotation. Any student taking the elective must receive approval from the Office of Student Services.

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Yum, Achievements

Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health Course

In Person
June 9 – July 17, 2015
June 22, 2015 – March 1, 2016

Global Health Week

October 19 – 23, 2015