Study Abroad

Students can expand their Johns Hopkins education by studying abroad. Many PHS majors take advantage of this opportunity. There is nothing like a global learning experience to catalyze the critical thinking skills and independence required for success at Hopkins and post-graduation. There are over 400 programs to consider in more than 65 countries around the world across all terms of study, from intersession and summer, to a semester or full academic year. 

Some programs offer traditional classroom-based opportunities at universities and study centers abroad, while others are more experiential. These offer field, research, internship, or volunteer opportunities around the globe. There are programs that meet the needs and interests of every Hopkins student, regardless of major, foreign language proficiency, or budget. 

The Hopkins Office of Study Abroad works individually with students and supports them through every step of the process, from identifying the right programs to securing funding, travel planning, credit transfer, and beyond. 

Hopkins-Sponsored Programs Public Health Studies Programs

Uganda Intersession Program

In this fully immersive program, JHU students are paired with students Uganda’s Makerere University for a unique peer-to-peer learning experience. Students learn about the strengths and challenges of urban and rural child health and education initiatives in Uganda. Students spend a week at a homestay near the Rakai Health Sciences Program where they focus on health and education in rural communities; then move to an urban setting in Kampala, the country’s capital, for hospital and school tours, guest lectures, and student-driven site visits. 

Cape Town Summer Program (Coming Summer 2022)

Experience firsthand the public health system of South Africa in the vibrant multicultural city of Cape Town. In addition to coursework, lectures, and an internship with a local NGO, the program will also include excursions to local points of interest and a weekend homestay.

Hopkins King’s College London Exchange Program (Semester/Year) 

Spend a semester or full academic year studying at one of the UK’s most historic and prestigious research universities, part of the famed Russell Group. Based in the heart of central London and spread across five London campuses, King’s is one of the largest multi-faculty institutions in the UK. It has a particularly distinguished reputation for teaching the life sciences and has one of the top-ranked medical schools in the world. Among its numerous health-related undergraduate programs is a multidisciplinary degree in Global Health and Social Medicine, ranked in the top 10 in the UK.

Highlighted Public Health Programs Offered by Approved Providers 

BU Public Health Internship Program in Geneva (Semester) 

This program combines coursework at the Boston University Geneva Center with professional work experience. After completing the program’s six-week core phase, students spend the final eight weeks interning at a local global health organization in Geneva, Switzerland, which is a hub for global health organizations, including the World Health Organization.

CIEE Community Public Health Programs in Argentina (Summer) or Botswana (Summer/Semester) 

Well situated to explore regional, social, and scientific health issues, the CIEE community public health programs in Buenos Aires and Gabarone offer students hands-on experience and the opportunity to further understanding of biology, development, medicine, and public health. Students get firsthand experience visiting clinics, non-governmental organizations, and hospitals, with opportunities to volunteer at local organizations.

Courses are available at both the CIEE study centers and their local university partners. They are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

DIS Copenhagen or Stockholm (Semester/Summer) 

A nonprofit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, DIS has state-of-the-art locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm that provide high-impact learning experiences to undergraduate students at distinguished North American colleges and universities. Programs are offered for a summer, semester, or full academic year and all courses are taught in English.

The intellectually challenging curriculum is broad, cutting edge, and enriched by experiential learning components, including faculty-led study tours across Europe. It provides students with opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement and personal growth, which is further enriched through housing and extracurricular offerings. DIS is particularly well considered for its coursework in public health, pre-med/health sciences, psychology, and neuroscience, and is one of the few study abroad programs to provide lab and research opportunities for students to complement their studies abroad. 

IES Abroad Health Studies Program in Santiago, Chile (Semester) 

Designed for advanced Spanish students in health-related majors such as pre-med, nursing, and public health, among other health-related fields, this program offers valuable insight into Santiago’s unique health care system. Students will develop health care-related experience while improving their communication skills through a Spanish course for health care practitioners. While in Santiago, students also have the option to enroll in Spanish-taught courses at local partner universities, such as Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. 

SIT Public Health Programs in Argentina, China, India, Kenya and Switzerland (Semester/Summer) 

The School for International Training is a long-established provider of immersive, field-based programs abroad developed around a framework of the most critical global issues of the day, including Global Health. Students on all of SIT’s programs must learn the local language and live in a homestay to immerse themselves in local culture. Students also participate in a series of excursions relevant to the program’s academic theme. Students spend the final month of their program either conducting an independent research study or interning at a local community organization.

SIT IHP Program 

SIT also offers a series of comparative programs that begin with two weeks in the United States before moving on to spend four to five weeks in each of three other countries on different continents to give students a comparative look at a critical global issue such as health, human rights, climate change, cities, food systems, or geopolitics.