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Our partnerships bring the world to Penn and offer our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage globally. 

Peace Corps

To encourage those with international experience to become part of our community, we invite returned Peace Corps volunteers to apply to become Paul D. Coverdell Fellows. This program provides funding to qualified individuals interested in further education within nursing sciences.

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World Health Organization

Penn Nursing has been a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery since 1988. Currently, we are collaborating with the WHO on reducing maternal death rates in Nicaragua, as well as developing leadership in nursing education and research throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region. 

Contact: Nancy Biller 

Penn in Latin America & the Caribbean (PLAC)

In the fall of 2014, the School of Nursing, under the newly appointed Dean, Dr. Antonia Villarruel, reached out to representatives from Schools across the Penn campus to gauge interest in forming the Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean (PLAC) group.  The strong positive response led to a meeting on December 15, 2014.  More than 60 individuals from eight Penn Schools, the Perry World House, Penn Global, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were in attendance.  By 2019, PLAC had grown to include membership from eleven Penn Schools.  Annual “PLAC” events showcase the depth and breadth of institutional and faculty engagement in the region. Learn more about PLAC here.

Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP)

Penn works with the Government of Botswana and the University of Botswana to build sustainable and high quality healthcare in the country through clinical care, research, and education. 

Contact: Nancy Biller

Afya Bora Consortium

Penn Nursing is part of a consortium of African and US universities working to provide future global health leaders with skills not currently part of traditional health profession training.

Contact: Rosemary Polomano

Chagas Disease Project Partners in Peru

Our collaborators:

Contact: Alison Buttenheim

Society for Education, Action, and Research (SEARCH) in Gadchiroli, India

SEARCH provides community health care to the local population informed, in part, by Penn Nursing research. 

Contact: Alison Buttenheim

Christian Medical College (CMC) in Vellore, India

We partner with CMC for the fieldwork portion of one of our Comparative Heath Systems courses. Our students accompany the CMC’s Nursing faculty and students as they provide care in nurse-managed clinics in rural villages, and in-patient care for families of children and adults with psychiatric disturbances. 

Contact: Marjorie Muecke

Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination Échange Franco-Américains (MICEFA) 

MICEFA in Paris, France is a Penn Nursing Global Health Experience site for students.

Contact: Nancy Biller.

IKP Centre for Technologies in Public Health (ICTPH)

The ICTPH in Thanjavur, India plays a consultative role in developing innovative solutions to healthcare worker shortages. Our work with them has been to develop a nurse specialist role in collaboration with community health workers in rural villages.

Contact: Wendy Grube

Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand

We partner with the Mahidol University School of Nursing for the fieldwork portion of one of our Comparative Heath Systems courses. Fieldwork experiences are designed to provide students with a broad view of Thailand’s history and culture. While in Thailand, students spend 2-3 weeks exploring the health care system. 

Contact: Wendy Grube

Discovery/Vitality South Africa

This partnership is through the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, or CHIBE. 

Contact: Alison Buttenheim

Puentes de Salud in Philadelphia

Puentes de Salud is a multi-school collaboration based on an interdisciplinary approach to health, striving to prepare next generation of professionals to work on a multidisciplinary team that’s focused on the community.