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Program Description:

Drexel Grad in Public Health: Global Field Practice Experience

Global Health

The Global Field Practice Experience is intended to provide students with a distributed and evaluated global health training experience that requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences, and apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice in global health and international development as well as:

--Understand the meaning and importance of global health practice;
--Understand the purpose of needs assessment and how to conduct a community-based needs assessment in a global health setting;
--Identify sources of evidence-based strategies for the design of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention programs in global health;
--Understand and observe common elements among planning models and be able to develop a plan for a global health program;
--Understand major implementation issues, common barriers to implementation, and strategies for minimizing barriers to implementation;
--Identify strategies for scaling up and sustaining global health programs;
--Apply planning and evaluation skills to real-world problem solving; and
--Enhance practice skills of leadership, effective teamwork, and the mastery of competencies in global health.

A number of different types of CBMP projects can emerge from a GFPE--whether it is a project based on the topic observed in the field, use of a new study design, analysis of new data, application of a new method, analysis of a related policy issue, a program evaluation, or the synthesis of existing literature or conceptual model from a new perspective, etc. In all instances it must include an original aspect and be submitted in accordance with the CBMP proposal review and approval process aligned with the student's MPH concentration and in consultation with their advisor. Students interested in potentially developing a CBMP from a GFPE should review carefully the Basic Guidelines from the School of Public Health.

GFPE Options and Application Process

All students interested in participating in a GFPE are required to go through the International Experience Approval Process and submit and International Experience Approval Form. For more information on the approval and application process: GFPE CHECKLIST.pdf

The followig list of programs have been selected as appropriate options for GFPEs for SPH students: GFPE PROGRAMS.pdf

All students must also read and understand the Global Health Ethics for Students.pdf and ASPHGlobal Health Competencies.pdf

Program Dates

Most GFPEs take place during the summer term at Drexel, roughly mid-June to mid-September. Dates and lengths of stay vary by option.


Students are responsible for program fees, transportation, and personal expenses while participating in a GFPE. Many programs will have a set program fee that covers the cost of accommodation, housing, and basic on the ground expenses. Airfare, passports, visas, and other personal expenses are typically in addition to the program fee. Some programs will offer partial scholarships of program fees to participants.


Please direct all questions to the School of Public Health Global Health Programs Coordinator at

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 03/01/2024
04/01/2024 TBA TBA
Spring 2025 09/02/2024 10/01/2024 TBA TBA

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