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Global Health Studies Program
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The Global Health Studies Program is designed for Yale undergraduates who want to understand and address pressing global health challenges. Sophomores and juniors may apply to become Global Health Scholars. Although they may apply for the program, only exceptional juniors will be accepted. The coursework and field experience requirements are such that, without having already fulfilled some requirements, completion of the program would be difficult.

Global Health Scholars complete an interdisciplinary course of study that includes required and elective courses, research, and practice addressing fundamental and applied economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, and biological determinants of global health. The Program Director for the Global Health Scholars Program is Professor Talbert-Slagle.

Coursework: Global Health Scholars are required to take six courses. Required coursework for Global Health Fellows may be found here. Students who apply to become Scholars are encouraged to review this curriculum to assure that they can succeed in fulfilling the requirements of the program.

Fieldwork: Global Health Scholars are required to design and implement a fieldwork project of at least 8 weeks duration, typically completed in the summer between their junior and senior years. Scholars undertake a wide array of different projects for their summer fieldwork, based on their own interests, their primary major, and their academic goals.  Through required coursework and mentorship from a global health faculty advisor(s), Scholars receive support in the development of their projects.  In the spring semester of their junior year, Global Health Scholars are encouraged to apply for Yale College fellowships to support their summer field experiences. During their senior year, Scholars are expected to satisfy a senior requirement by enrolling in HLTH 490 or HLTH 450 during which they incorporate their fieldwork and classroom experiences to develop a publication-worthy written product.  

Application Information:

Contact Information: If you have questions regarding the Global Health Scholars Program or the application process, please contact Suzanne Wirak, by email at or by phone at (203) 432-8685.

Selection of Global Health Scholars: Approximately twenty students will be selected as Global Health Scholars in the fall of 2017. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee and selected students will be invited to interview. Those selected by the committee to become Global Health Scholars will be informed prior to the winter recess.

To apply to become a Global Health Scholar
: Students who elect to apply will do so via the Student Grants Database (SGDB) and are encouraged to begin to prepare their application well in advance of the November 3rd deadline. Please Note: The SGDB will not permit you to submit a late or incomplete application.

Materials required of applicants include a personal statement of 750 words or less. This statement should address the following: what has motivated you to become a Fellow; what experiences have you had that are relevant to Global Health Studies; and, what specific global health issues do you hope to work on with other Fellows and/or faculty.  A resume, an unofficial Yale transcript, and the name of a Yale faculty member who can attest to your interest in global health and agrees to be contacted by the program administrators, if needed, will also be required.

Information Session: An information session for students who wish to apply to become Scholars will be scheduled shortly.

Links to Additional Information:

1.  Global Health Scholars Program

Contact Information:

For questions about this application, please contact Suzanne Wirak at

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            Begin Accepting Applications Date:
            Deadline Date (EST Time Zone):
            11/03/2017 1:00 PM