Medicine & Public Health
Fuel your passion for helping others lead healthier lives while working on projects that address medical & public health challenges.
Make an Impact on Community Health
Are you passionate about making a difference in the health of families living in remote areas of the world?
- Discover the unique challenges of providing adequate medical care in rural communities while contributing to this cause
- Build facilities that directly improve the health of the community
- Learn what it's like to be a doctor, nurse or global health worker in a developing country
- Go beyond typical public health mission trips for teens, and compare the healthcare practices of the western world with traditional medicine from the region
GLA Medicine & Public Health Programs
On this program, you'll study public health through two different perspectives: Western convention and the indigenous wisdom of the East. You'll significantly deepen your understanding of the many pieces that make up the global health puzzle, especially in the developing world, where cultural competence is just as important for achieving wellness as medical ability and technology.
This program is a real opportunity to learn about public health as a basic human need, while helping carry out important health campaigns in the Andean communities of Peru's Sacred Valley. You'll do hands-on work on campaigns to assess malnutrition in rural areas, work on an ongoing research project in the high Andes, and learn from community health workers operating traveling clinics.
Gain clinical experience as part of a medical brigade while also working on projects that combat community health risks from all angles. You'll volunteer on initiatives related to clean water access, infrastructure improvement and health data collection. This program is perfect for an aspiring doctor or nurse, or anybody who has a passion for helping those in-need.
Please note: GLA's Haiti program has been cancelled for summer 2019.
On this program, you'll live in a small rural village where you'll help address health needs by working at a grassroots level to help facilitate health assessments for local homesteads and families in the remote community. Your survey results will assist in defining the ongoing health strategy for the town going forward. You'll also teach basic health and safety measures in the homes, as well as provide families with first aid kits.