The Global Health Program offers an eight-week summer program in Lusaka, Zambia during which students have the opportunity to work with the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) to complete a research project on a global health issue in Zambia. Students will be paired up and assigned to a local non-profit organization who will give them a general topic. Working with both their organization and SAIPAR, students will then write a research paper and present their findings to partners and relevant stakeholders during a final presentation. Lusaka challenges the stereotypical Western understanding of poor, rural, underdeveloped Africa and students will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of global health through this lens. Past students have completed research on epilepsy and stigma in Zambia, the implementation of higher level nutrition education, the National Health Research Act, health accountability, and more.

Read more about our program in this article by the Cornell Daily Sun

Zambia Global Health Summer Program

Applications for Summer 2019 are now open! Start a new application here

What is the cost of the program? 

The total cost of the Zambia Program will be approximately $8,000. This includes Cornell tuition (4 credits), visa, airfare, room and board for 8 weeks, immunizations, personal expenses and a Peace Corps excursion.

Where would I live? 
Students will be living with home stay families for their first 4 weeks in Lusaka. Family homes are comfortable, with showers, western toilets, and sinks. For the second 4 weeks, students will live in group housing together in a local hostel. 

What is there to do during my free time? 
Lusaka is a thriving city with great cultural activities and places to visit. Students going to the markets, cultural villages, restaurants, sports events, festivals, and more. Students can also take their weekends to visit a nearby elephant orphanage, game parks, and more.

Are there any prerequisites for this program?

Yes - all students must have taken NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health to participate in this program. Additionally, students will be required to enroll in NS 4620 (1 credit pre-departure seminar) in the spring semester. 

Who should I contact if I have more questions? 
Please contact Jeanne Moseley ( or Mia Haller ( to learn more.