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What is global health? “Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.” (Koplan et al., 2009)

 New Summer Research Program in Global Health

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health is starting a new Summer Research Program in Global Health (SRPGH) to offer students the opportunity to work closely with outstanding faculty mentors focusing on global health.

The SRPGH is an eight-week program open to: full-time college undergraduates; graduate students pursuing a Master in Public Health (MPH), Social Work (MSW), or Population Health Sciences (MPHS); and medical students looking to gain experience in the field of global health research. The goal of the program is to expose young investigators to research in a lab or field-based setting and further their interest in global health. The program includes didactic sessions and seminars, and is an opportunity to establish a career-building network.


Applications accepted: November 1, 2013 through February 1, 2014

Notification of admissions begin: March 1, 2014

Program runs: June 1 through July 31, 2014


•   Applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in an accredited public or private four-year college or university in the US, Puerto Rico or other US Territory as recognized by the US Department of Education at time of application and participation in the program.
•   Applicants can be sophomores (with 4 quarters or 3 semesters of college experience), juniors, and non-graduating seniors; graduate students pursuing a Master in Public Health (MPH), Social Work (MSW), Population Health Sciences (MPHS); and medical students.
•   Applicants can be citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551) or other legal verification of admission for permanent residence, or international students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree or MPH, MSW, or MPHS in the US.


Successful applicants should have strong letters of recommendation. An interest in PhD, MD, MD/PhD training is strongly recommended.


The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.


Once accepted to the program, participants will receive a list of mentors and be asked to indicate their top four choices.


•   Work in a cutting-edge science and technology environment
•   Gain exposure to top investigators and diverse research topics
•   Receive individualized career counseling and develop career interests
•   Build a social network with student peers and faculty
•   Receive a stipend of $4000 and a free Metrolink transit pass
•   For students coming from out of town, travel to and from St. Louis will be covered


•   Conduct no less than 8 weeks of full time(40 hours/week) research as active member of their mentor’s research team
•   Participate in lab meetings and presentations; potentially conduct independent research assigned by their mentor
•   Attend a program orientation, Responsible Conduct of Research training, and a weekly hour-long summer research seminar (if in a St. Louis lab-based setting)
•   Write an abstract and give an oral presentation on the research conducted during the program
•   Complete a mid- and post-program evaluation


All program participants will be expected to carry health insurance and provide proof of insurance when enrolling in the program. Washington University undergraduates will continue their existing health coverage. Students who do not possess health insurance coverage through a university or parent policy will be required to purchase short-term insurance for the duration of the summer program at Washington University. All summer participants will be eligible for emergency care through the Danforth student health services. For visiting students, use of these services may require payments that fall within their plans’ deductibles. 


For questions about the program please contact Jacranda van Rheenen, Manager of the Center for Global Health, at 314.362.7964 or

Visit Summer Research Programs for details about the current year's program.