Experiential Learning

Leverage your classroom learning and apply your skills to make a difference in the world.

Gain hands-on experience and a greater understanding of the causes and solutions to health challenges. Experience and understand the difficulties and opportunities in implementing health interventions. Engage with communities and colleagues and make a difference in your own way.

For Global Health Majors

Students pursuing experiential learning for the major must be sure it fulfills certain requirements.
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Experiential Learning for the Global Health Major

General Requirements:

  • Time Commitment: complete an eight-week fulltime or 320-hour activity prior to the spring semester of senior year.
  • Location: international or domestic experiences qualify
  • Pre-requisite: declare the global health major and complete the global health ethics course requirement before starting the experiential learning activity
  • Approval: receive approval before beginning experience; retroactive approval will no be permitted for experiences begun after 9/2013
  • Pre-activity: attend pre-experience workshops during the month of April prior to experiential learning
  • Post-activity: attend post-experience retreat.

Eligible Activities (Unless pre-approved, all activities require approval)

Your proposed activity must address and/or engage a global health question, context, or challenge.  For purposes of the experiential learning requirement, global health is defined as:

An area of study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaborations; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care. (Koplan 2009)

Projects that do not address an element of global health are not eligible to meet the global health major experiential learning requirement. For example, projects focusing on education, social justice, or the environment with no investigation of health are unlikely to receive approval.  Please review the list below for a sample of past approved projects and current opportunities.

Students with extenuating circumstances may petition for approval to meet this requirement through a combination of two experiences. Please contact the Education Team (gh-education@duke.edu) to initiate the petition process.

Forms for Participants:
•    Experiential Learning Pre-Approval Form
•    Experiential Learning Report Form

Questions about experiential learning for the global health major? Contact the DGHI Education Team: gh-education@duke.edu

 

Funding for Fieldwork

The Duke Global Health Institute will offer up to three grants to support undergraduate independent global health fieldwork projects. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in learning more about the challenges of global health disparity.

DGHI Workshop Requirements

DGHI fieldwork grant recipients are required to attend 1-2 brief pre-departure training workshops and attend the fieldwork re-entry workshop in fall, if the student will be on campus in the fall. The pre-departure training workshops focus on cross cultural preparation, communication tools and ethics, and health and safety planning.  The re-entry retreat assesses the field experience, and prepares the student to present their work at a Global Health Showcase in the fall.  

DGHI Grant Submission Guidelines

Fieldwork grant applications should include the following items and are due no later than 5pm, March 4, 2016.  You are only required to submit one application to be considered for all three grants listed below unless additional supplemental materials are listed within the individual grant information.

Priority is given to rising sophomore and junior students enrolled in a DGHI education program or working with a DGHI faculty member.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Project Proposal/Grant application
  2. Resume (submit to gh-education@duke.edu with the words “fieldwork grant application – resume” in the subject line)
  3. Letter of recommendation from the Duke faculty project mentor (must be sent directly to gh-education@duke.edu by the letter writer)
  4. If applicable, Community Collaborator Statement of Commitment (can be mailed, emailed, or faxed.  In some cases, the appropriate community liaison may be a Duke Faculty or staff member, in which case only the letter of recommendation for Item 3 above is required)

The Aalok S. Modi Global Health Fieldwork Fund

Aalok S. Modi’s dream of a career in medicine and global health was left unfulfilled with his sudden death in February 2008. Together with his family and friends, the Duke Global Health Institute created a scholarship in his name to empower other Duke students to engage in global health research that embodies Modi’s commitment to serve humanity. This grant, which is awarded to an undergraduate student for independent global health fieldwork, honors the legacy of Modi’s strong commitment to global health.  Modi, who was studying to become a doctor, led the Duke Global Health Student Action Committee, in which he diligently advocated for greater student involvement in the field. Applicants should complete the primary grant application and include the final question specifically referencing the Modi grant.

Amount: up to $5000
Application deadline: March 4

The Bains Family Independent Project Grant

This grant is awarded to an undergraduate student for independent global health fieldwork projects.  Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in issues of global health disparity and have developed an independent fieldwork project.  All applicants must have a Duke Faculty mentor as well as a community-based partner in their research location.  

Amount: up to $5000
Application deadline: March 4

The Paul Farmer Grant

This grant is awarded to an undergraduate student for independent global health fieldwork projects. It is provided by the Paul Farmer Global Health Fund, which honors the Duke alum, global health pioneer and DGHI board member.  Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in issues of global health disparity. All projects must include a Duke faculty mentor as well as a community based partner in their research location.

Amount: Up to $5000
Application deadline: March 4

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Project Opportunities

Countrysort descending Project Title Project Type Status Pre-Approved
Duke Summer Internships in India Program Internship Filled
Argentina Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) Bass Connections Filled
Cameroon Integrative Global Research on Sickle Cell Disease Bass Connections Filled
China Community care of frail elders in cross-cultural settings: A team-based approach Bass Connections Filled
Ecuador Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America: Research and Policy Development to Reduce Chemical Exposures Bass Connections Filled
Ghana Technology in Global Health Education: Evaluation of a Distance Learning Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists Student Research Training Program Filled
Ghana Human Health Risks, Environmental and Ecosystem Damage Associated with Contamination of Used Motor Oil at Auto-mechanic villages in Ghana Bass Connections Filled
Ghana Further developing the implementation of a distance-based executive style degree completion program for Ghanaian nurse anesthetists Bass Connections Filled
Ghana Interculturally Competent Analysis of the Uptake of Routine Vaccination Bass Connections Filled
Guatemala Reducing Indigenous Health Disparities in Maya Guatemala Student Research Training Program Filled
Haiti Women's Health Needs in the Haitian Population Student Research Training Program Filled
Honduras Saving Sight: Roatán Student Research Training Program Filled
Honduras Interculturally Competent Analysis of the Uptake of Routine Vaccination Bass Connections Filled
India Physical and Mental Health Support and Outcomes for Children in Residential Care Programs Student Research Training Program Filled
Jamaica Integrative Global Research on Sickle Cell Disease Bass Connections Filled
Kenya Global Mental Health--Integrative Training Program (GMH-ITP) Bass Connections Filled
Madagascar Shining Evolutionary Light on Global Health Challenges Bass Connections Filled
Madagascar Cookstoves and Air Pollution in Madagascar: Finding Winning Solutions for Human Health and Biodiversity Bass Connections Filled
Nepal Global Mental Health--Integrative Training Program (GMH-ITP) Bass Connections Filled
Peru Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America: Research and Policy Development to Reduce Chemical Exposures Bass Connections Filled
Peru POCkeT Colposcope: Increased Distribution and Adoption Bass Connections Filled
Peru Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America - Leishmania Bass Connections Filled
South Africa Integrative Global Research on Sickle Cell Disease Bass Connections Filled
South Africa Global Mental Health--Integrative Training Program (GMH-ITP) Bass Connections Filled
Sri Lanka Community care of frail elders in cross-cultural settings: A team-based approach Bass Connections Filled
Tanzania Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) Bass Connections Filled
Uganda Community Health in Rural Uganda Student Research Training Program Filled
United States Improving Outcomes for Chronic Kidney Disease in Southeastern, North Carolina Student Research Training Program Filled
United States Global Alliance on Disability and Health Innovation (GANDHI) Bass Connections Filled
United States Integrative Global Research on Sickle Cell Disease Bass Connections Filled
United States Spirituality, Self-management and Chronic Disease among Ethnic Groups of Robeson County, North Carolina Bass Connections Filled
United States Generosity and Gratitude: Mechanisms, Models, and Motivations of Living Kidney Donation Bass Connections Filled

Past Projects

Countrysort descending Project Title Project Type Status Pre-Approved
Gabon Child Protection and Education in Gabon Independent Completed
Ghana Technology in Global Health Education: Evaluation of a Distance Learning Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists Student Research Training Program Completed
Guatemala Reducing Health Disparities in Mayan Guatemala Student Research Training Program Completed
Haiti Research Healthcare Practices in Leogane, Haiti Student Research Training Program Completed
Honduras Saving Sight/Roatán Student Research Training Program Completed
India Physical and Mental Health Support and Outcomes for Children in Residential Care Programs Student Research Training Program Completed
Kenya DukeEngage: Kenya - Kakamega DukeEngage Completed
Kenya Evaluation of Scaling of Innovative Healthcare Delivery in East Africa Bass Connections Completed
Kenya Chlorhexadine for Umbilical Cord Care Bass Connections Completed
Russia DukeEngage: Russia DukeEngage Completed
Tanzania Community Health and Sustainable Development in Rural Tanzania Student Research Training Program Completed
Uganda Community Health in Rural Uganda Student Research Training Program Completed
United States DukeEngage: Global Health Policy in Washington, D.C. DukeEngage Completed
United States DukeEngage: New Orleans, LA DukeEngage Completed
United States Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research: Intern with CADRE (Carolina Alcohol and Drug Resources) Internship Completed
United States Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research: Internship with Guide to Healing and NC-LINK Internship Completed
United States Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research: Internship opportunities with Hep ART and Access to Care Internship Completed

 

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