Global Health St. Stephen's HospitalThe type and length of each rotation is defined and approved by faculty in the global health department at DMU. Oral presentations on- and off-campus are encouraged.

An international rotation can only be scheduled as an elective rotation and may be from one week up to eight weeks in length. The maximum number of international rotation weeks eligible for graduation credit is eight weeks.

It is important to note the extent of student support by DMU for international travel. Students traveling overseas for trips approved through the global health department can take advantage of medical advice through the Student Health Clinic on campus. Evacuation assistance provided by the school assures “around-the-clock protection” in case of emergencies or if a quick evacuation out of the country is required. Selected students will receive financial support for expenses incurred during approved international experiences. With the administrative support of the global health department, planning a trip abroad is a smooth process.


The first step in the international rotation process is to fill out the application and turn it in to the Global Health office or by email to Then, you will complete a checklist of the required paperwork and documents. All items on the checklist must be completed no later than 3 months before departure date.

The following waiver of liability forms will also need to be filled out as part of the required paperwork.

  1. International Rotation Application
  2. Student Checklist for International Rotations
  3. Student Global Health Program Contract
  4. Comprehensive Release of Liability

Clinical affairs requires that the clinical request form must be submitted to them 45 days in advance to the start of the rotation. Canceling an international rotation will not be allowed within 30 days of the start of the rotation.

Checklist for international rotations and travel

This checklist is provided as a portion of the preparations required for any international rotation. Note that a number of these actions and recommendations are not required by the college or by law but are listed as reminders.

  1. Contact the global health department about this rotation. The global health department prefers you contact them at least six months in advance of the beginning of the rotation. Keep in mind that an international rotation must be approved no later than three months before the start of the rotation.
  2. Current immunizations for the region to be visited (
  3. Student Health Services can provide the required travel vaccinations on approved trips. Call the DMU family medicine clinic 515-271-1710 to make an appointment or for additional information on travel vaccinations. Generally, vaccinations should be obtained at least 3 weeks prior to travel, if not sooner
  4. Verification of medical insurance for the region or countries to be visited (If your medical insurance does not cover you while overseas, please check out this website: to purchase a policy that will cover you). If you have medical insurance through Des Moines University with AETNA, then you have coverage overseas.
  5. Provision of family or next of kin with contact information for you while out of the country
  6. Complete waiver of liability forms.
  7. Read the Global Health safety document
  8. Student understands that each day on their rotation, they will need to record procedures performed on a paper document and provide that information to the global health department when the rotation is complete.
  9. Register with the state department
  10. Current mailing address and phone number
  11. Worldwide Assistance card and sticker are received from the global health department
  12. After the Director of Global Health’s approval – the clinical coordinator is contacted and rotation is put on schedule

After rotation is complete

  1. Student evaluations are submitted to the global health department.
  2. Daily procedure documents recorded on student’s PDA for clinical affairs.