Sondra Schreiber, Director of Global Health meeting with deans and administrators at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
Director of Global Health Sondra Schreiber meeting with deans and administrators at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.

Each year, many Des Moines University students choose to complete international rotations or internships to develop new skills and learn about patient populations they may not encounter in the USA. The Department of Global Health has partnerships with institutions, hospitals, and universities around the world.

The length and type of each rotation are defined by the Department of Global Health in collaboration with the student’s clinical coordinator/advisor and the international site. Students should begin speaking with their clinical coordinator/advisor and the Department of Global Health in advance, as there are steps that need to be followed to receive approval from Des Moines University for these rotations and internships.

For clinical students, international rotations are generally four to eight weeks. The maximum number of international rotation weeks eligible for graduation credit is eight weeks. Additionally, some students elect to complete two four-week rotations at different sites. Students are strongly discouraged to schedule an international rotation during the match period. For non-clinical students, the length of an international internship is flexible.

If you have questions about the logistics of arranging an international rotation or international internship email the Department of Global Health or stop by our office, located in Ryan Hall.

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