Skip to main content

Global Health

The world is our classroom, laboratory, and clinic. Penn nurses study and practice in a wide variety of locations and environments from resource-poor communities to the most modern, cutting-edge facilities all over the world. 

Global perspectives

Our focus on the social determinants of health is leading to better ways to care for a rapidly changing global population. By broadening healthcare perspectives and fostering diversity, our students become prepared to go out and make a difference in patient care wherever they are needed.

Global engagement

Global partners

As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, we are at the forefront of global health initiatives and policy, and we collaborate with many other institutions around the world in pursuit of better healthcare for all.

Global programs

Our own study abroad programs, Center for Global Women’s Health, and curriculum—including an undergraduate and graduate Global Health minor, all serve to open the door for students and faculty to engage globally. And we complement these programs by bringing international visiting scholars to Penn.


  • West Meets East

    Penn Nursing students led by Dr. Wendy Grube explore healthcare practices in the east that can be used to build on their professional practice in the west.

  • Hello from Guatemala!

    Penn Nursing’s Mamie Guidera, MSN, CNM, FACNM, checks in after week one in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. She is part of a faculty-student team who will spend two-weeks providing clinical care and health education in the local community. 

  • Gallery Photo Thumbnail

    Penn Nursing Students Visit Hong Kong School of Public Health

    Seven Penn Nursing undergraduate students, hailing from across the United States, and three PhD students traveled to Hong Kong with Sarah H. Kagan PhD, RN. They spent the first two weeks of May studying at the University of Hong Kong. The undergraduate students completed a course, taught jointly between Penn Nursing and the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health (HKU) while the PhD students helped Professor Kagan manage the course, each working on her own goals related to teaching elder care. The students delved deeply into their task of comparing care for older people in Hong Kong with the American systems for elder care with which they are more familiar.

    The students especially enjoyed taking the course with students enrolled in the HKU MPH program with whom they shared great conversations over dim sum as well as stimulating analyses of their respective societies’ healthcare systems.

The Next Wave of HIV Prevention


Center for Global Women’s Health