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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.


  • Julianna visiting a monastery in Arequipa, Peru

    Student Stories: No Puedo Bailar Salsa

    Julianna Shinnick, a Penn Nursing student from Northampton, MA, is in Peru, researching Chagas disease, and recently wrote about her experience, including an evening when she challenged herself to operate outside of her comfort zone and went dancing in a local salsa bar...

  • Student Stories: Nursing Research in Dublin, Ireland

    Anna Bennett (left), a rising senior at Penn Nursing, writes about her summer internship in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to this experience, she hadn’t really traveled beyond Philadelphia or her hometown of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. But after a couple weeks in a new city, she’s already fallen into a new routine. “Somehow, the bungalow I reside in almost seems like a home away from home.”

  • Penn Futures Boot Camp at Kensington Health Science Academy

    Penn Futures Boot Camp at Kensington Health Science Academy

    Emily Beisser and Rachel Ohrenschall–nursing interns for the Penn Futures program at Kensington Health Science Academy , Community Champions , and students in N354- Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion–and their faculty advisor, Dr. Kate McDonald , have been working closely with KHSA students in KHSA’s Health Related Technologies (HRT) program.

    Emily and Rachel have provided health education and developed a skills boot camp to prepare the HRT students for their certification exam. Penn Nursing undergraduate and graduate students were recruited to staff various boot camp skill stations that included obtaining blood pressure, measuring height and weight, hand washing, transferring patients, and donning personal protective equipment (PPE). The boot camp was evaluated very highly by the HRT students and their teachers. 


    Kudos to Rachel, Emily and the multiple Penn Nursing volunteers!

Center for Global Women’s Health