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, and post-course sessions will occur during Spring Semester.

  • Expected Course Dates: December 29, 2018 to January 16, 2019
  • Expected Travel Dates: December 27, 2018 to January 19, 2019

India Program Information Session

Tuesday, September 18, 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 TempleIn this course 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, with an emphasis on globalization, economic growth and development, and their effects on health.

This course is taught through a combination of classroom-based activities and site visits to health care facilities, cultural sites, and community locations. Also included is an intensive leadership workshop which focuses on leadership skills needed to function in a globalized world.

The course has been designed with particular emphasis on including learners from various disciplines to broaden perspectives and enrich the learning experience.


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: Course is under review for 3 PubH credits
  • Medical School (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 - TBA

  • Program Fee includes instruction, accommodation, meals, transportation during program, group excursions, ground transportation between Bangalore and Mysore, and CISI insurance. Not included in this fee are Additional Costs listed below.
  • The 2018-19 Program Fee is still being finalized, but is expected to be $3,375.
  • For students registering for PubH credit: Total Cost is regular tuition rate for PubH course PLUS a reduced Program Fee 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 for US citizens
  • 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 this program. They will be awarded on a rolling basis, based on your personal statement combined with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary participation.
  • 4th year Medical Students may be eligible for a $1,000 Travel Awards 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 2018.
  • 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 two debrief sessions during Spring semester 2019.


Exact Schedule is being finalized. View the Sample Pogram Details Document from last year for an idea of what to expect.


The application will open in August. To apply:

  1. Download the Application Form and complete Part A
  2. Discuss Part B: Academic Plan with advisers/coordinators
  3. Email completed form to by October 1.

Contact Amy Scheller at with any questions.

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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