India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course

Dates and Location

This Course takes place in Mysore, India at the end of Dec and beginning of January. Several pre-course sessions will take place in Minneapolis during Fall Semester.

2017-2018 Dates

  • Course Dates: December 28, 2017 to January 12, 2018
  • Travel Dates: December 26, 2017 to January 15, 2018


  • Shailey Prasad, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; and Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health
  • R. Balasubramaniam (Balu) |  Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), Mysore, India 
  • Community Instructors: Instructors from SVYM and their partner organization


Group of students in front of Sri Nandi TempleThis 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 grassroots 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 effects 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.


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


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

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

Cost & Scholarships

Program Fee is $3,080 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 students registering for PubH 7200-400: Total Cost is regular tuition rate for PubH 7200-400 PLUS remaining Program Fee of $980 (resident) PLUS Additional Costs Listed Below.

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
  • UMN Learning Abroad Center Application Fee - $50
  • Spending money and Personal travel - Depends


  • Several $2,000 Travel Awards are available from CGHSR for AHC students for this program. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Scholarships will be awarded based on your personal statement combined with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary participation.
  • $1,000 Travel Awards are available for a 3rd or 4th year Medical Student through the GMER Program. Apply as per GMER instructions.
  • We encourage you to seek additional funding opportunities through your School/College, the University, and external sources. Select opportunities listed on the CGHSR website.


Photo of dorm room showing two twin beds

Housing will be in the VIIS hostel, which is on campus and secured.  Students will share rooms in a double-occupancy, dorm-style room with attached bath and western toilet. The kitchen serves simple vegetarian food, and filtered drinking water is available on all floors of the hostel. Additional amenities include in-room lockable cabinet, paid laundry services, and morning yoga instruction.Exterior photo of VIIS dorm

Requirements & Schedule

  • Attend pre-travel orientation sessions in Dec 2017.
  • 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 written assignments and reflections while in India
  • After returning home, present culminating assignment
  • Attend a debrief session during Spring semester 2018.


More program details and draft schedule are in the Program Details Document.


The application deadline has passed, however a few seats remain. To apply:

  1. Contact Amy Scheller at to request an extention.
  2. Download the Application Form and complete Part A
  3. Discuss Part B: Academic Plan with advisers/coordinators
  4. Email completed form to

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 may be required to complete your confirmation.

Host Organizations

Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) logoThis program is offered in partnership with the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), a Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) initiative. They have worked in the fields of health, public health, advocacy, and education in southern India for three decades, and have educational collaborations with institutes of higher education around the world. 

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