India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course

Our India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course emphasizes the significance of social determinants of health in a globalized world.

Join a dynamic, interdisciplinary group of learners during the University of Minnesota's winter break course in Mysore, India to explore health, health care delivery, and social determinants in the context of globalization in India. This course is taught through a combination of classroom-based activities and site visits to health care facilities, cultural sites, and community locations.




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“Travel promotes personal growth and teaches you about your own resilience. The entire experience is something you can’t get in a classroom or in a familiar place.”

The most valuable lessons Liz Sopdie (Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development PhD '19) learned during her three-week course in Mysore, India were those she learned outside the classroom. “I learned so much more information than I ever thought I would and it had a huge impact on how I thought about my doctoral research and what I wanted to do after."

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India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership Course

In the course India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership, participants 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

Mysore Placement

In this placement course, students participate in a 2- to 4-week project related to public health, health care delivery and/or other community activities. Dr. Shailey Prasad will interview applicants to discuss the placement opportunity as it connects to the applicant's goals. This opportunity is intended to follow the India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership course.



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    This course is open to graduate and professional students with academic credit offered at the University of Minnesota. UMN alumni, faculty and staff, and community learners are also eligible to participate for non-credit enrollment. Past cohorts have included participants from public health, medicine, public policy, education, social work, and more.

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    • Open to all UMN graduate and professional students (post-baccalaureate).
    • The course is also open to UMN faculty and alumni with interest and experience in health-related careers.
    • All participants must apply, and have instructor approval, before they will be able to register. 

    Public Health: This course counts toward the Global Health Minor; it was previously run as PUBH 6715. Contact your advisor for confirmation. 

    Medical School: 3rd and 4th year students: program is eligible for academic credit under INMD 7565 International Health Abroad (GMER program). 1st and 2nd year students are welcome as non-credit students. Please discuss implications of fitting this extracurricular program and requirements into your schedule with your faculty advisors. 

    Credit & Requirements

    Credit & Requirements

    Academic credit is available to UMN graduate students (3 credits) for the course GHSR 6715. This course was run in previous years as PUBH 6715.

    It is up to the student to confer with their academic unit to determine if it meets their specific program requirements. Students may be allowed to apply this program to other academic requirements per approval by their unit.

    UMN faculty and alumni may participate for non-credit enrollment.


    All students are expected to arrive in India on December 29, 2022 and remain through January 14, 2022. There are also two post-departure sessions in February and March and a pre-departure orientation in December to review travel logistics. All participants are expected to complete the the following assignments:

    • Personal Reflection and Group Debrief Activities
    • Reflection Paper
    • Professional Poster Creation

    Program Fee

    Program Fee

    In addition to regular tuition rates for the 3 credit course, there is also a program fee for all participants in this course. 

    • 2022-2023 course fee: $3,500
    • Includes instruction, accommodation, meals, local transportation, and CISI insurance 
    • Students may also register as non-credit learners and forego the 3-credits with GHSR 6715

    CGHSR will offer various scholarships ranging from $500–$2,000 for this course. Additional scholarships may also be available from students' department or college. Contact CGHSR for additional details.

    Additional costs not included in program fee: 

    • Academic credit (3 credits)
    • Airfare
    • Passport/photos
    • Indian visa
    • Immunizations 
    • Some meals
    • Essential daily living expenses 

    Dates and Location

    Dates and Location

    The class is held each year during the University of Minnesota winter break between Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

    2022-2023 Dates

    • Course dates: December 29, 2022 – January 14, 2022
    • Expected travel dates are departing the US on December 27, 2022 and arriving back in the US on January 15, 2023.
    • There are also two post-departure sessions in February and March and a pre-departure orientation in December to review travel logistics.

    The daily schedule and meeting times vary by day while in Mysore. The full schedule will be shared in the course syllabus prior to departure. 



    Applications are now closed. The information for the 2022-2023 course is available below as reference. 

    Course enrollment is limited to 16 participants. All interested participants must fill out the application below. Following review, they will be given instructions to register with the Learning Abroad Center. 

    Application Process

    1. Download and fill out the application form. When it is finished, upload it on the online application.
    2. Initial application review will begin in September, and then continue on a rolling basis.
    3. Once accepted, program staff will provide participants with instructions on how to complete the registration.
    4. If the course is full, applications will remain open until a sufficient wait list is obtained.


    Host Organizations

    This program is offered in partnership with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)  and Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS), a unit of SVYM. 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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    Program health and safety information is available at GO SAFE.