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Application for the Global Health Pathway


This on-line application form is for 1st year UMMS medical students who are interested in participating in the UMMS Global Health Pathway (GHP). 

Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year must be submitted by 11:59pm on August 23, 2019.

Background information

The Global Health Pathway (GHP) is a 4-year program that trains and supports UMMS students to become leaders and providers in global health. The GHP consists of monthly global health seminars, a global/community health immersion experience, a global health service project and a longitudinal capstone project. Before applying, you may find it helpful to review the GHP web page located within the International Medical Education Program (IMEP) website, which has additional information about the GHP.

If you have already accepted a position in another UMMS Pathway Program (i.e., CTRP, rural health scholars or urban health scholars) and are interested in the GHP, please email to discuss before submitting an application. Questions in advance of applying are welcome and can be sent to the IMEP-GHP team (via email at IMEP-GHP@umassmed.edu).

Completing the Application

The Global Health Immersion Experience is a core component of the GHP and is the 6 to 8-week experience that occurs during the summer between 1st and 2nd year of medical school. There are multiple established partner sites which have ongoing collaborations with UMMS where we recommend travel for GHP students.

Application requirements

  • Complete and submit the online application by the deadline indicated at the top
  • Select whether you would like the option of a phone interview with a UMMS faculty/staff
  • Attach your CV in PDF format

Select Your Preferred Global Health Immersion Experience Site

Pathway Interest
Please indicate if you are a member of or applying to one of the following (if you are, please email us at imep-ghp@umassmed.edu to discuss).


Statement of interest in the Global Health Pathway (300 Word Limit)
Consider the following questions. What do you hope to gain from this pathway (knowledge, skills)? How will you balance your interests in global health with a demanding medical school schedule? What do you hope to gain from an immersion experience?

International Experience (300-word limit)
Describe any prior experience you have had working, learning or volunteering outside of the U.S. and especially mention any experiences with underserved populations and what you learned.

Domestic experience with refugee or immigrant populations living in the United StatesĀ (400-word limit)
Describe any prior experience you have had working, learning or volunteering inside the U.S. with refugee, immigrant, minority or underserved populations and what you learned from these experiences.

Research Experience (200-word limit)
Describe any research based in the U.S. or outside the US that you have participated in and how it pertains to global/community health. What skills from your previous research would be helpful in a career with global health?

Career Plans (100-word limit)
Do you plan on incorporating global health into your career? If so, please describe how you plan on doing so? (this may include residency/specialty preferences, location preferences, clinical/research interests, pursuing additional degrees like MPH, etc).

List any non-English languages that you speak or understand, and your proficiency level (Beginner, Intermediate or Fluent).

Thank you for your interest in the GHP.

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