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Experiential learning programs can take you across the globe. Connect with opportunities and access resources to help you prepare for your journey.
“[Here] I am working with a Rwandan dental student on waxing a tooth as part of his Dental Anatomy and Occlusion course. At UMB, we have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and use overhead operatory lights, Bunsen burners, and personally issued sets of waxing instruments in order to shape the anatomy of the teeth. In Rwanda, the students were sharing candles and using a limited number of instruments, many of which were not designed for waxing or were broken. Despite the limited resources, the majority of the students were not only able to produce impressive wax-ups but also demonstrated an enthusiastic passion toward their dental studies. The month in Rwanda was an amazing eye-opener and an enriching cultural and professional experience." Rwanda, 2014
"On a professional level, seeing the way health care and dentistry is done in Rwanda informed my understanding of dentistry in the United States. Working with pharmacy, medical, and dental students broadened my big-picture understanding of the health care field that I am in. Continuing to work on the projects we started in Rwanda is very exciting!"
Rebecca Salzman, School of Dentistry, Rwanda 2015
“Participating in the interprofessional global health experience reinvigorated my passion for working in the Baltimore community. From a global perspective, I learned that our world is large and our cultures may be different, but we can learn from each other to improve the conditions in our own communities. I learned that working collaboratively with other disciplines is an effective approach to tackling complex issues that negatively affect our communities. Experiential learning has had a great impact on my educational experience and my professional practice. I am a better person and nurse because of it.”
Rachael Parran, School of Nursing, Israel 2015
"Through my experience, I learned the impact of resource availability on the concept of professional responsibility. In the United States, we tend to define professionalism and professional responsibility as a personal or moral choice. However, in underdeveloped or developing countries, it is based on the availability of resources and governmental investment — things that professionals tend to have little control over."
Catherine Lee, School of Law, Malawi Law Project 2015
"The interprofessional grant provided an incredible opportunity to be immersed in Hong Kong culture and to see firsthand how end-of-life care is provided there. The experience allowed for a more well-rounded understanding of our own fields of study as well as those of our interdisciplinary team."
— Eric Leikus, School of Nursing
"I learned a lot from the Hong Kong nurses and health providers from different hospitals and how comprehensive their palliative services are. I was especially touched by stories told by families of a patient and how good nursing care can really change someone's life."
— Kwan Ngai, School of Dentistry
Hong Kong 2015
“I am a more sympathetic individual. I returned with a passion for public health and knowing how pharmacy fits into the bigger picture, having seen a glimpse of the pharmaceutical distribution system through the hospitals and clinics largely due to PEPFAR funding. While Malawi and other developing countries may not have the same access or funding for health resources as the U.S., the people there strive toward health and happiness to the best of what is available to them.”
Alicia Chen, School of Pharmacy, Malawi 2010
"I learned that there are more similarities than differences in the health care delivery practices in the USA and Ghana. Nurses and midwives struggled with issues of stigma and disclosure among the HIV/AIDS patient population. These same struggles exist in the USA. While there seems to be a stigma associated with HIV/AIDS overall in Ghana, I did not observe stigmatization from the health care providers. I think we have something to learn from the nurses and midwives who work in an empathetic, encouraging, and non-judging way with the HIV/AIDS patient population."
Natalie Mette-Bory, School of Nursing, Ghana 2015
"After working with other students and interacting with patients and health care professionals in Malawi, I finally gained some understanding of the inextricable link between culture, politics, and the provision of health care. I now understand that when it comes to health care, what seems to be a simple problem with easy solutions may not be simple at all — it may have some underlying complicated social, cultural, and political causes, all of which must be considered in order to develop effective, culturally acceptable solutions. This experience helped me to finally understand why treatable and preventable infectious diseases continue to be a major problem in many developing countries."
Wilhelmina Lord-Adem, School of Pharmacy, Malawi 2014
"I researched Rwanda before traveling and became interested in the people’s attitude toward Paul Kagame, who has been in power for years. A Rwandan colleague told me, 'He is very popular here because he has shown people that they can live above their differences.' It’s hard for people like me who have grown up with an abundance of civil liberties to understand how people can be happy with so many rules: You can’t walk on the grass or in parks, there is no street art or street vendors or music playing. However, the more I learned of Rwanda’s history, especially the genocide, the more I understood his point. After years of fighting and conflict, whatever semblance of peace you can have is worth preserving."
Brooke Hyman, School of Medicine, Rwanda 2015
The Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) supports the global and interprofessional educational experience for UMB students, and to build ties across campus and throughout the world where opportunities for global experiential learning can be realized. Our goal is to make it easier for students to find, plan, and finance global learning and service learning opportunities to enrich their professional education. The Center recognizes that students in different disciplines have different needs and our services are well-adapted to the individual.
Services we offer:
- One-on-one advising sessions
- Facilitate connections with faculty mentors
- Opportunities to engage in international and interprofessional experiential learning
- Cultural preparation
- Safety and security measures for global experiences
- International program development support
- Global travel logistics management
- Funding resources
Students interested in an appointment should contact Bonnie Bissonette.
Programs we offer:
- Global health interprofessional student grant program
- Baltimore community service learning opportunities
- Participation in student global health interest groups and the Student Global Advisory Council
- External global health programs as listed on our Global Learning Opportunities page.