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Program Description:

Program Overview     

Student learning and professional formation. The Global Health Scholars Program is a collaboration of faculty and students aimed at providing the knowledge and experience to become competent and socially aware proponents of global health service work through a 4-year longitudinal curriculum designed around international service-learning opportunities. The GHSP curriculum highlights reflection, critical thinking, medical humanities, cultural engagement, and global health ethics.

Specific for Zambia:
Students spend four weeks following their first year of medical school in Macha, Zambia, at the Macha research trust, a rural health and research center in the Choma District of rural Zambia. During this month they each participate in a rural health project with an in-country team collecting data as part of a health project at the site. Students also have some limited opportunities to shadow in the mission hospital itself. During their fourth year of medical school students return to the site for a purely clinical rotation split between the Macha Mission Hospital and the larger district hospital in Choma District.

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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:
  • No prerequisites.
  • This course is open only to Penn State College of Medicine Students at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and University Park Penn State 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: information regarding housing is not available at this time.

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 the 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 2018 08/22/2017
Rolling Admission 06/24/2018 07/24/2018
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program coordinator Jeanne Liacha by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.
Summer-Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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