FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should I partake in international health care?
  2. Are short, non-degree or certification programs available to help me prepare for international work?
  3. Do I need to be trained prior to participating?
  4. What areas of public health concentration are most relevant to international health?
  5. What type of postbasic training is most appropriate?
  6. At what stage in my working career should I do international health related work?
  7. What factors should I consider when researching which opportunity is best for me?
  8. Great – I’m ready to get started! What opportunities are available for me?

Q. Why should I partake in international health care?

A. The biggest inspiration can be drawn from simply a philanthropic approach towards disadvantaged people. Other motivations may include a faith-based service to others, the prospect of learning about and from diverse cultures, the opportunity to learn new skills in particular fields, the adventure of traveling, and an escape or vacation from life in the U.S.



Q. Are short, non-degree or certification programs available to help me prepare for international work?

A. Of course! In addition to numerous language immersion programs available, especially in Spanish, there are short pre- and post-graduation courses are available to help prepare physicians for clinical and other aspects of international health.



Q. Do I need to be trained prior to participating?

A. The amount of training required depends on the program. While some organizations may call for specialization and prior work experience, some programs are suitable for first-time international health practitioners. Please consult the program’s website or its contact person for more information regarding participation criteria.



Q. What areas of public health concentration are most relevant to international health?

A. Some focuses include maternal and child health, epidemiology, biostatistics and/or communicable/tropical disease, nutrition and health education/promotion.



Q. What type of postbasic training is most appropriate?

A. This will depend on your preferred type of work. Postbasic clinical training may be essential if your primary role is clinical research.



Q. At what stage in my working career should I do international health related work?

A. Some aspects to consider include children/spouse, career, and your level of commitment.



Q. What factors should I consider when researching which opportunity is best for me?

A. Consider first your preferred type of work. While some international health work programs include a diverse focus, some international health work programs may be geared towards one specialization. Also consider the length and location of a trip.



Q. Great – I’m ready to get started! What opportunities are available for me?

A.• Some organizations that our faculty has participated in include: Plasticos Foundation, LIGA International, MMFC, Project Medishare, Operation Smile, and the Shree Bidada Sarvodaya Trust. For a list of additional programs organized by specialty, check out Operation Giving Back.