Enrichment Programs

Our office helps each student locate sites and funding for international opportunities. Formal meetings and drop-in hours are available for individual advising and site-search assistance. In addition to placing students independently, the office offers three formal programs. We've also included a list of "International Health Short Courses" which are offered through other universities.

1. Pathway on Serving Multicultural and Underserved Populations


Pathway students are selected through a formal application process. Pathway students will be given priority for placements in the listed activities that follow. Students not in the Pathway who are interested in these opportunities should consult with Mick Godkin to explore your options.

  • Preclinical Longitudinal Preceptorship with physicians serving underserved cross-cultural populations.
  • The Preclinical Intercultural Track (see below).
  • Required primary care clerkships in sites serving underserved cross-cultural populations.
  • Stipend-supported international clinical electives that emphasize primary care.
  • Electives through the HIS.

2. A Preclinical Intercultural Track


Selected students will receive about $2000 financial support through the Massachusetts Department of Health & Human Services to participate in such activities as those that follow. Pathway students will need to complete those listed activities that are required for the program. As the Preclinical Intercultural Track is an essential component to the Pathway program, Pathway students will be given priority in funding.

  • Language/cultural immersion in an international setting in the summer after the first year.
  • Community service project with a cross cultural population in the Worcester area the fall of the second year.
  • A family assignment with a cross-cultural family in Worcester during the preclinical years.
  • Dissemination of experiences through a diary and presentation.
3. The Summer Research Fellowship Program

A limited number of stipends exist for students to conduct research abroad, during the summer after their first year. Priority will be given to students in the Pathway Program.

International Health Short Courses

The following list includes a number of International Health Short Courses which are offered by other universities. For more information on any of these programs, please stop by Mick Godkin's office.

  • American Medical Student Association International Health Studies Center
  • Boston University School of Public Health
  • Case Western Reserve University Center for International Health
  • Emory University, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control
  • George Washington University Center for International Health
  • Gorgas Memorial Institute- Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru (includes clinical work)
  • International Health Exchange
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology
  • New York Medical College Graduate School of Health Sciences
  • Tulane University Program in Community Medicine
  • University of Arizona International Health Program
  • University of California - Irvine, Department of Family Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine
  • University of Iowa Office of International Education and Services Study Abroad Center
  • University of Texas - Galveston, Center for International Health