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  • Locations: Accra, Ghana; Cape Coast, Ghana; Koforidua, Ghana; Larteh, Ghana
  • Program Terms: Summer-Embedded
  • Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

The Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) is a collaborative project, developed in conjunction with multiple departments including Family and Community Medicine, Humanities, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Public Health Sciences. GHSP is an innovative approach in allowing students and faculty to participate in making a difference for people in an impoverished setting. The GHSP is designed for those students who are highly interested in global health. The GHSP allows medical students to work together, both in the classroom as well as in the field. Supervised by faculty, the Global Health Scholars take part in two immersive trips. The first trip primarily entails an introduction to the community, and participation in developing a community health project. The second trip, occurring in the students' senior year, provides students with an opportunity to participate in clinical care at the same location. Students receive pre-trip safety sessions, in-country medical education specific to the site, and several sessions by our faculty on global and community health related issues.
Through this longitudinal relationship with the host community, it is our hope and expectation that students and faculty will be greatly enriched and the health and welfare of the people will be measurably improved.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • This course is only available to medical students accepted into the Global Health Scholars Program.
  • This course is open only to graduate students of the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine. 
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight accommodations at a dormitory/student residence.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program coordinator: Jeanne Liacha by emailing

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact program coordinator.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.




Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer-Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 06/13/2020 07/11/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader, N. Benjamin Fredrick, by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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