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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.


  • 2017 December Graduates Reception

    2017 December Graduates Reception

    On December 11th, Penn Nursing hosted a reception for the students graduating in December of 2017. At the Reception, Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs Julie Sochalski , both addressed the class.

    At the conclusion of her address to the graduating class, Dean Villarruel recited one her favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Center for Global Women’s Health