Center for Global Health

Global Health Systems Program

The Center for Global Health supports health systems education and research worldwide through its Global Health Systems Program. The mission of the Global Health Systems Program is to be a progressive program to help students and faculty to understand the successes and challenges that are faced in health promotion and health care delivery throughout the world as well as to provide international learning/research experiences. The Global Health Systems Program will promote understanding of the globalization of health and health care by offering elective courses in the Master of Public Health Program (CMH7710 and CMH7720), and by fostering scholarly debate and research with a global health systems focus. The program will also complement the research efforts of the International Health Program at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine which is organized by the student-led Global Health Initiative.

Global Health Systems Scholarship

The Global Health Systems Scholarship is provided through the Global Health Systems Program. Every year, up to 4 scholarships, may be awarded not to exceed $1,250. The actual number of scholarships awarded will depend on the strength of the proposal submitted, and the level of available funding for that year. Scholarships will be available exclusively to Wright State University medical students. The funding is intended to cover transportation, lodging, food and research related expenses.


  1. Scholarships are for health systems research, and not for international health experiences that are primarily clinical in nature.
  2. Applicants will submit a 2-page research proposal describing the background, methodology and significance of the project. When writing the proposal, applicants should address the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the project.
  3. Applicants must submit two letters of support: the first, from an Academic Advisor in the Boonshoft School of Medicine; and the second from a Research Supervisor in the host institution abroad. (See requirement #4 below.)
  4. Research supervisors are responsible for supervising the design, execution and interpretation of the research project. The supervisor can be stationed in the United States or another country. Students may have more than one research supervisor. Research supervisors are not required to have doctoral degrees, but they are required to have faculty appointments at their university/institution.
  5. Applicants must be medical students at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  6. Applicants must have earned at least and maintained a 76 percent academic average as medical students.
  7. Students in the M.D./M.P.H. Program may be permitted to include the research trip as part of the practice placement and to conduct their culminating experience.
  8. Students in the M.D./M.B.A. Program may be permitted to include the research trip for the M.B.A. capstone. Approval to combine the global health systems research with the M.B.A. capstone is required by the Raj Soin College of Business MBA Program.
  9. Upon return, awardees will be required to provide oral and written presentations of their research results (written work shall be of minimum national poster quality).
  10. Applicants must possess a valid passport at least three months before departure.

Application Timeline

  1. Review of applications occurs twice a year: application deadlines are November 30th, for those candidates planning to travel the following Summer; and May 31st, for those candidates planning to travel the following Winter.
  2. Applicants should file their applications at least six months prior to the intended time of starting their research.
  3. A standing review committee is responsible for reviewing all proposals submitted and for determining the allocation of available funds.
  4. Award(s) will be announced in the month following the application deadline.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to speak the language of the country to which I want to travel?

    Fluency in the language spoken in the host country may be required for certain research.

  • Can I get medical or graduate school credit for my research?

    Yes. Independent Study (CMH 791) graduate credit is available. For medical school credit, students may apply for the B1 International Elective or the Year 4 (B2) Extramural International Elective. M.D./M.P.H. students may seek Practice Placement (CMH 810) and Culminating Experience (CMH 820, 821) credits. M.D./M.B.A. students may seek (Capstone MBA 755) credits. Credits will be awarded based on standard university practices and policies.

  • If my application is not selected, can I reapply?

    Yes. Students are encouraged to rewrite their proposals and reapply.

  • How long do I have to finish the research?

    Awardees must complete and present their research before they graduate from medical school.

Travel Information

View the Travel Safety Orientation Slide Show, from Simone Polk, former police chief at Wright State University (PDF)

Applications should be mailed or e-mailed to:
Pamela Scheidt
Center for Global Health
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
3123 Research Blvd., Suite 200
Kettering, OH 45420


Last edited on 02/16/2015.