India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course



Applications for the 2016-17 course are now closed. Check back in fall 2017 for next year's course details and application. 

Course Dates: December 28, 2016 to January 13, 2017
Travel dates: December 26, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Location: Mysore, India

Faculty: Shailey Prasad, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
Preceptors: R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) |  Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), Mysore, India  

Course description

This course will provide a global health team-based learning experience with field observations in Mysore, India. Participants will learn about health and health care delivery in the context of globalization in India. The course is designed to convey the significance of the social determinants of health in a globalized world. The course will emphasize the leadership skills needed to function in the fields of global health and development. Additionally, participants will collaboratively observe and participate in grass-root level activities in public health, health care delivery, and other community activities.

This course seeks to foster team-based education and transdisciplinary collaboration in global health through a combination of classroom-based activities and experiential learning in the field. Students will begin the program with classroom-based seminars and activities in Mysore, India, introducing them to the social and cultural determinants of health in the Indian context. Special emphasis will be placed on globalization, economic growth and development, and their effect on health. The course has been designed with particular emphasis on including learners from various backgrounds to broaden perspectives and enrich the learning experience. It will emphasize the leadership skills needed to function in a globalized world and includes an intensive leadership workshop.

View more details, including course outline and learning objectives in the Program Details Document.

This program is offered in partnership with the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), an SVYM initiative. These organizations have had a history of working in the field of health, public health, advocacy, and education in southern India for three decades, and have had ongoing educational collaboration with multiple institutes of higher education around the world.

Learn more about SVYM and their work in this video. Poster 1 and Poster 2 offer additional insights from past program participants.


Open to all graduate and professional students. Proficiency in the local language (Kannada) or the national language (Hindi) is not required.

Other requirements

The following are required of students:

  • Attend a pre-travel orientation session in Dec 2016. (Tentatively evening of December 7.)
  • Attend all lectures and site visit briefings.
  • Participate in all field observation activities.
  • Participate in class discussion and interactive exercises for all observation sites.
  • Submit weekly individual reflections. Reflections will be guided by the global health competencies; elements of the reflections include: identification of the event, description of observations, personal significance to learning, identified actions as a result, implications of identified actions, and personal commitment to actually act.
  • Complete written assignments
  • Complete a team-based case-study.
  • Submit a term paper
  • After returning home, create an individual or team poster presentation on your reflections and/or specific observations during from the course.  Poster will be presented at the course debrief session and is to be submitted to the University of Minnesota Global Health Day in Fall 2017.
  • Attend a debrief session during Spring semester 2017.


Students may be allowed to apply this program to a variety of academic requirements and should confer with their academic advisor to determine if it meets their specific requirements. Options Include:

  • School of Public Health: 3 credits as PubH 7200-400
  • Medical School (3rd or 4th year): International Health Abroad (INMD 7565)
  • School of Dentistry: Professional development points
  • Others may be able to apply the experience to other requirements/electives


Housing will be in the VIIS hostel, in double-occupancy, dorm-style rooms.


Program Fee is $3,950 and includes instruction, accommodation, meals, transportation during program, ground transportation between Bangalore and Mysore, and CISI insurance. Not included in this fee are Additional Costs listed below.

For MPH students registering for PubH 7200-400: In addition to tuition for PubH 7200-400 (3 credits), the remaining Program Fee will be approximately $1,903 (resident) + Additional Costs Listed Below. Other students registering for PubH 7200-400 should contact CGHSR for an estimate.

Additional Costs Not included in Program Fee

Academic credit, airfare, Indian student visa, personal excursions, and other personal/living expenses.  For planning purposes, these costs are estimated as follows:

  • Academic Credit - Depends on school/college
  • Transportation (flight) to/from Bangalore - $2,000 to $2,500 (hopefully on the lower end but travel is during the holiday season).  We will advise on flight, but participants are responsible for making their own arrangements.
  • Passport/Photos - $150
  • Visa/Required Documents – $115 to $240
  • Required Immunizations - $225
  • Texts/Materials - $0
  • Housing and/or meals not included in program fee - $45 (Food during travel days)
  • Essential Daily Living Expenses - $240
  • Learning Abroad Center Application Fee - $50
  • Spending money and Personal travel - Depends


  • Several $2,000 scholarships are available for AHC students.  Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis after the application opens.  Scholarships will be awarded based on your personal statement combined with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary participation.
  • An additional $1,000 scholarship is available for a 3rd or 4th year Medical Student.

Application process - Applications are now CLOSED

  1. Complete the Application Form and email to
  2. Note that it is the student's responsibility to resolve all conflicts that this opportunity may have with other coursework and other academic and clinical obligations.  While not required for application, the Class Time Conflict Approval Form will likely be required to complete your confirmation. 

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