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Develop your skills in Canada and around the world

If you are a Dalhousie medical student, you can develop your skills in global health both in Canada and overseas.

MED 1 and MED 2

The beginning of your studies is one of the best times to get involved, allowing you to develop a solid foundation in global health. Many students use this as a basis to develop the skills needed to take an international clinical elective in their final year.

International electives (observerships) are available for the summer months invarious countries. These programs allow you to work on an interprofessional team with our partner organizations and to be mentored by a Dalhousie faculty member.

Use the international elective pre-departure planning checklist to get you started.  

Applying to the Global Health Office is one of your first steps.

If you want to participate in a global health elective in Canada, apply to the Local Global Health Elective to learn more about working with marginalized populations at home.

Take the Advocates in Global Health Certificate for a one-year program that encourages and recognizes your involvement in global health “outside the classroom”. The certificate includes mentorship, public engagement, leadership development, community service learning, volunteer work and enhancing skills. The certificate can be used to support your CaRMS application as you demonstrate your growing commitment and engagement in global health over two years.


Did you know that almost 40% of Dalhousie’s medical students complete a global health education experience?

We can help you plan a global health education experience, contact said.msabaha@dal.ca to get started. US electives are coordinated through UGME, please contact vanessa.voerman@dal.ca. Use the pre-departure planning checklist to get you started.

Applying to the Global Health Office is one of your first steps.

We offer one of the most advanced pre-departure training sessions available to students in Canada. All students participating in an international education experience are required to complete the training – the curriculum has been developed to help you make the most of your experience, no matter where you plan to go.

The GHO offers funding to MED 4 students through bursaries. Applications are due in January each year.

Looking for other opportunities?

Join us for one of the many events and activities held throughout the year. Contact us for more information about these and other opportunities.

Want to join a global health student group?

Get connected with other like-minded students.

Global Health Committees in Medicine


Join us for one of the many events and activities held throughout the year. 

Before you complete your education at Dalhousie, there are ways that you can begin to nurture your interest in global health education.  Our faculty members are renowned leaders in Global Health research and practice both locally and internationally.

For more information about these and other opportunities, please contact:

Said Msabaha, program manager, GHO
Email: said.msabaha@dal.ca