Global Health Elective (fourth year credit)

EMD E 2J | 4th Year Elective | Emergency Medicine | Clinical Science


UF COM 4th year student – Completion of required rotations in the third year of medical school.

Course Description

The purpose of the Global Health Experience elective is to give senior medical students opportunities to: a) diagnose and treat patients in an overseas, low-resource setting; b) learn about the health care and public health systems overseas settings and/or c) to participate in a service-learning or applied research project in a low resource setting or related to global health. Prior to travel the student will 1) develop a learning plan with a UF faculty mentor and a mentor from the designated site. The elective can be constructed as a 2, 4, 8 or 12 week elective. The student can select from a number of existing sites that have exchange agreements with the UF College of Medicine in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, China and Hong Kong and other locations. Please go to for a more detailed description of some of the locations, potential clinical or pubic health-oriented experiences offered, the local faculty/mentors, in-country arrangements, etc.
Alternatively, a student can propose to go to a different site/country from those listed above. In order to gain approval for this option the medical student must do the following: 1) identify an appropriate mentor at UF or an in-country mentor that is working at that site; 2) develop specific learning objectives; and 3) identify and safe and secure housing; 4) present the opportunity to Dr. DeVos. Depending on the specific location selected there may be a language proficiency requirement.

Course Faculty and Staff

Meeting Place and Time

The student signing up for this elective will need to meet with either Dr.DeVos or Grigg to review the goals and learning objectives, travel arrangements, housing, in-country supervision/mentoring and pre-travel preparation.

Course Materials



PRE-Approval application for the Global Health Elective




Additional Information

Students must be pre-approved for this rotation before they receive credit. Students that schedule this course, will be provided with a Global Health Elective Application, that must be reviewed and approved by Dr. DeVos at least 1 month prior to the start of the rotation. Students must obtain CISI by completing their TRAVEL REGISTRATION through UF International Center prior to final approval for travel. After obtaining CISI students should forward proof of coverage to Dr. DeVos at  All travel is subject to UFIC policy.

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