A unique opportunity to practice knowledge and skills in a global/public health setting. Students utilize their classroom learning to gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of global and public heath issues. Students engage with communities, professors, peers, and more to apply tools and skills to real world health issues. 

Upon completion of the experiential learning component of the GPHS major and Global Health minor, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify a public health issue, through engagement in practice, policy, or research, which you intend to analyze in great depth in NS 4600. 
  2. Examine and explain the key characteristics and interests of host organization, hospital, institution, or research project, and how they relate to specific public health issue of student. 
  3. Analyze a public health issue integrating academic knowledge and experiential learning. 
  4. Document and explain how the applied experience advanced academic, professional, and personal learning goals. 

Learn more about how to complete an experiential learning opportunity (ELO):

Semester (Fall/Spring)

  • Cornell in Washington, NS 4997, 5 credits


  • Cornell in Washington, NS 4997,  5 credits
  • Cornell Urban Summer, 3 credits
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension - CCE Summer Internship Program, NS 4060
  • Cornell Farmworker Program, NS 4060
  • Columbia University - Summer Public Health Scholars Program, NS 4060
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute - Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement (MCMC/Rise-Up), NS 4060
  • New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene -Public Health Internship Program, NS 4060
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training, NS 4060

Semester (Fall/Spring)

  • Cornell Nepal Study Program (CNSP)
  • Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC), NS 4060
  • Cornell Global Learning (formerly Cornell Abroad): Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) - Public Health Program
  • Cornell Global Learning: School for International Training
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training, NS 4060
  • To explore more study abroad options, go to Cornell Global Learning (formerly Cornell Abroad)


  • Cornell Global Health Summer Programs, NS 4060
  • Mysore, India - Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement
  • Moshi, Tanzania -Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College
  • Lusaka, Zambia -Southern African Institute for Policy and Research
  • Student Internship @ The Intersection of Urban Sustainability and Global Health
  • Tata-Cornell Agriculture & Nutrition Initiative (TCi), NS 4060
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training, NS 4060

A critical element of the Global Health Minor is an approved, eight-week field experience in which students live and work abroad in a resource-poor setting. The purpose of the field experience requirement is to challenge students to apply their classroom learning to a field setting and to deepen their understanding of the health problems that disproportionately affect the resource-poor.

Students have the option of either participating in a Cornell Global Health Summer Program (Tanzania, India, or Zambia) or in an independent field experience. Students interested in completing an independent field experience must submit a petition to have a field experience approved.

An independent field experience may be:
- A full-time academic study abroad program
- A summer internship
- A volunteer service project
- A work experience
- A research project

BEFORE embarking on the field experience, students must:

- Complete NS 2600
- Apply to a Cornell GH Summer Program OR submit an Independent Field Experience petition form.
- Enroll in NS 4620/ILR 4260 if completing a Cornell GH Summer Program OR attend one Health & Safety Seminar and one Ethics, Culture & Diversity Seminar if completing an Independent Field Experience.

AFTER completing the field experience, students must:
- Complete a final report detailing the experience.
- Submit a student story for the GH website.
- Attend a mandatory post-field experience meeting.
- Complete NS 4600

Please remember that the financial aspects of completing the field experience requirement should not deter any student from pursuing the Global Health Minor. If you are worried about your ability to finance a field experience, please contact the Director or Global and Public Health Fellow.