Global Health

Graduate Certificate in Global Health

Through the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, VUSN students can earn the Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The certificate requires 12 additional hours of course credit, including one of the three core courses: Fundamentals of Global Health (NURS 8072), Foundations of Global Health or Foundational Skills in Global Health, a variety of elective courses (including independent study opportunities), and/or a practicum. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Global Health.

  • If you are interested in completing the certificate, please contact Dr. Carol Ziegler at carol.c.ziegler@vanderbilt.edu. 
  • For regular updates, please email Susannah Spero to be added to the Nursing Student Global Health club email list.

Since its inception, two VUSN students per year have earned the Global Health Certificate.

Global Health Certificate

Student Name Year Specialty
Jennifer Neczypor 2017 NMW/FNP
Kelsey Moore 2017 FNP
Bethany Fjeldheim 2016 NMW/FNP
Kristen Smith 2016 Peds
Morgan DeKliene 2015 NMW/FNP
Jessica Van Meter 2015 DNP

Upcoming Events, Summer 2017

Film Screenings

The Nursing Student Global Health Club will screen the film “Sons of Lwala” in August, look for updates in the newsletter and on the Nursing Student Global Health club email blast.

The Nursing Student Global Health club, the FNP specialty, the Office of Active Citizenship and Service and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center will co-host "I'm Not Your Negro" and "Thirteenth" in August, followed by a panel discussion. Details will be coming soon.


Independent Studies in Global Health

Students interested in completing independent studies can submit an idea to Dr. Carol Ziegler or another faculty mentor of their choice. Students can register for an independent study and gain credit towards the global health certificate, as well as complete a local practical and meaningful project in a community of their choice. Students completing independent studies are expected to engage in mentored scholarship and disseminate their work within and outside of the VUSN community. This summer, three VUSN students will complete independent studies in Global Health:

  • Susannah Spero will be working in a clinic focusing on care of persons living with HIV.
  • Kelsey Moore will develop an education module for primary care providers caring for women with circumcision.
  • Courtney Heard will work on the development of a reproductive health initiative in the Latino population.

Nursing Student Global Health Club

The Nursing Student Global Health Club meets monthly to host speakers presenting current topics in global health. These announcements are sent out through the global health listserv.

New presidents for 2017: Susannah Spero and Phil Habegger. Please email them with any questions about meetings or if you would like to attend or present at susannah.c.spero@vanderbilt.edu  or   philip.w.habegger@vanderbilt.edu

Starting in Fall, 2017, the Nursing Student Global Health Club will be partnering with the undergraduate Partners in Health Engage club.


Diversity and Inclusion

The Nursing Student Global Health Club has hosted two open discussions on diversity and inclusion and more are planned. These pithy sessions allow students and faculty a safe space to openly and honestly discuss how to build meaningful relationships in the current environment. Students and faculty share stories, and work to build empathy and meaningful dialogue to foster long-term change and relationship building. Hard questions around the topic of race in America, and across the globe, are addressed and discussed.


Global Health Project Funding Opportunities for Nursing Students

Please contact Dr. Carol Ziegler to discuss your project ideas.

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund is administered through the Office of Active Citizenship and Service. Humanitarian Service Awards from the Fund are made yearly.  In the fall semester, applications are available to fund service projects that will be implemented during the summer academic break. Applications become available on October 1st and are due November 15th. If you have any questions about the Nichols Humanitarian Fund or the award application process, please contact Meagan Smith in Vanderbilt University’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service at meagan.smith@vanderbilt.edu .

Previous VUSN Nichols Fund Recipients:

  • 2015 Jennifer Neczypor, Maternal and Child health in Vanuatu

The Frist Global Health Leaders Program

The Frist Global Health Leaders Program provides students (and recent graduates), residents, and fellows in health professions the opportunity to serve and train in under-served communities around the world for up to four months. Since 2008, the Frist Global Health Leaders Program has supported over 45 Vanderbilt University participants. Vanderbilt participants have served and trained in under-served communities in countries around the world, including Guatemala, Guyana, Bolivia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Bangladesh, and Thailand.

Participants develop their own "project," which ranges from serving in rural clinics to conducting needs assessments to providing training sessions to clinic workers or health education programs to parents and children, and often includes a combination of these examples. Frist Global Health Leaders connect with a hospital or clinic in a low-resource setting and develop a project that leverages the participant's strengths and skills to satisfy a community's need(s). Projects generally range from two to four months and should align with both the needs of the clinic and community and the mission of Hope through Healing Hands.

Looking for more information? The blog posts of previous FGHLs can provide insight to their work and experiences. Recent VUSN graduates who have completed FGHL projects include Kristen Smith and Yvonne Carter.

The priority deadline for applications is February 1st.

If you would like more information, please contact Elizabeth at elizabeth.rose@vanderbilt.edu.

  • 2016, Kristen Smith, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing: Maternal and Child Health in Guatemala
  • 2015, Yvonne Carter, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing: Ecuador
  • 2015, Emily duBois Hollander, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing: Maternal and Child Health, Primeros Pasos, Guatemala
  • 2014- not offered
  • 2013 no VUSN recipients
  • 2012, Elizabeth Harris, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • 2012, Courtney Massaro, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • 2011, Kayla Thielk, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
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