The program provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that combines classes, professional field trips, and practicum. We believe a large part of the learning occurs in the field. That's why students will not only hear about global health but they will also visit places and meet people that actually practice or demonstrate aspects of global public health in Israel.
Course dates: July 12th – August 5th, 2020
Application deadline: March 1st 2020
The program will be taught in the English language.
Located in Israel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and its Health Faculty are involved in the development of Israel's southern periphery. They are engaged in researching the impact of geopolitics on pollution, access to health care services, and wellbeing. This enables us to expose participants to the Negev's population, composed of small developing towns, dwellers, farmers, Kibbutz members, Bedouin villagers and city residents, which epitomizes Israel's unique social texture and makes the Negev and the University an exciting place to live and study global health.
Global health has emerged as an interdisciplinary field incorporating both theory and social involvement, including disciplines such as medicine, epidemiology, sociology, economics, political sciences, ethics and more. It broadens the traditional medical outlook on health, considering environmental and social determinants afflicting one's health; it reckons health to be impacted by ecological factors and examines how class, race and gender inequalities affect access to health care services. In our program, we focus on issues of Health, Globalization, Development, Migration, Refugees, Obesity, Diabetes, Human Rights, etc.
The program consists of the following components:
· Two Academic Courses (6 credits total)
· One Week on-site Practicum
· Professional field trips, exercises, and small group mentoring
· Touristic field trips
Students in their third year (or higher) of bachelor's degree, and students who are pursuing their Master's degree, in the fields of health sciences or Social Sciences with interest in public policy and health economy. English proficiency required. All applications will be evaluated by an admissions committee. Scholarships are available for outstanding students.
Please prepare the following documents:
· Passport picture (Jpeg)
· Scanned copy of your passport
· Recommendation letter from the head of the department
· Motivation letter – in which you explain why you want to attend this program- One-page maximum
· Up-to-date transcripts
· Application deadline: March 1st, 2020
· Notification of Acceptance: April 6th, 2020
· Orientation day: July 12th, 2020
· Program dates: July 12th – August 5th, 2020
How to Apply
Please visit our online application form
Application fee - $60
Program Cost - $2200*
*Including housing, health insurance, 6 credits, trips, social activities, and professional field trips. Not including airfare, meals & personal expenses.
For outstanding students – scholarships are available.
For further information, please download last year's Brochure
"An incredibly well-designed program, touching upon the challenges of healthcare in a globalized world. Top-notch faculty members, insightful field visits with fun-filled excursions make it a program second to none. Highly recommended for undergraduates looking for perspective on globalization. Thanks, BGU :)"
- Apratim Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India