Global Health

Graduate Certificate in Global Health

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health offers a Graduate Certificate in Global Health for which all graduate and professional students are eligible. The certificate requires the Fundamentals of Global health, Foundations of Global Health or Foundational Skills in Global Health course, a variety of elective courses, and 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 Tuition assistance may be available to interested students.

World Health Week 2017: Intersections of Violence and Global Health

  Caring for the Underserved

There will be a panel discussion this Thursday, January 19 th from 4-6 p.m. in the School of Nursing, Frist Hall room 140.  Panelists from a broad range of practice areas will share perspectives on caring for marginalized populations locally and abroad.   All are welcome to attend.

7th Annual Global Health Case Competition

New Global Health Courses Offered in Spring 2017

  • N6080: Interdisciplinary Topics in Global Health (1 credit hr), meets 3:00-4:30pm Mondays
  • N6082: Climate Change, Social Justice and Health (2 credit hrs), meets 3:00-5:00pm, Tuesdays
  • N8072: Fundamentals of Global Health: Addressing Global Health Disparities (3 credit hrs), meets January 9th, 12:30 - 2:00pm, January 19th 4:00-6:00pm, and March 2nd 4:00-6:00pm

Upcoming Panel Discussions 

The following panel discussions will occur this Spring, all are welcome:

  • Caring for the Underserved: January 19th 2017, 4-6 p.m. location TBA
  • International Health Policy: Moving the Needle- March 2nd 2017,4-6 p.m. Location TBA

Global Health Club

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  or .

Opportunities for international projects for nursing students

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