Student Opportunities

Classroom learning only goes so far. Understanding the nuances and complexities of global health often takes first-hand experience. 

Study Abroad

We encourage undergraduate nursing students to take advantage of semester or short-term and independent study abroad opportunities through a School of Nursing-sponsored program or one of the hundreds of programs the Penn Abroad Office supports. With assistance from the Assistant Dean for Global Health, Nancy Biller, you may also be able to design an internship or fellowship in another country. 

Global Health Minors

For undergraduates, we have a six-course Global Health Minor designed to offer students a broad background in the field. We also offer a graduate-level Global Health Minor for full- or part-time graduate students and post-grads.

Global Health Courses

Whether you choose to minor in Global Heath or not, you can take courses with a global or international focus. Penn Nursing offers classes that include short-term abroad components. In addition numerous University courses are available.  

Nursing Students for Global Health (NSGH)

NSGH is a student-led organization that addresses health disparities both at home and internationally through outreach and study abroad opportunities. For more information, please contact us at

peace corps The Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship

We are proud to have a program for returned Peace Corps volunteers that offers funding for incoming students in the accelerated, direct-entry Master of Professional Nursing program or one of our eligible master’s programs.


Additional Funding Opportunities

Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) offers financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students for international study and research.

Global happenings around campus

There are many ways to get involved in global health right here at Penn:

Center for the Advanced Study of India
Center for Africana Studies
Penn Wharton China Center
Center for East Asian Studies
Center for International Politics
Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies
PLAC: Penn in Latin America and the Caribbean
Middle East Center
Social Policy and Practice
Perry World House

We also connect—formally and informally—with the international programs and activities in other Penn schools:

Graduate School of Education: Literacy, Culture, and International Education
School of Engineering and Applied Science: Engagement Opportunities Portal
Perelman School of Medicine: Global Initiatives


Program Coordinator
Valerie Sica

Assistant Dean for Global Health Affairs
Nancy Biller