Global Health Initiative

photo of two students holding a ghi tshirtGlobal Health Initiative (GHI) was founded in 2000 by Boonshoft School of Medicine first-year students. GHI's mission is to enhance the education of WSU medical students by facilitating their exposure to both the medical issues facing people in other countries and the medical issues of persons in this country who have immigrated from other countries, and in so doing, inspire greater compassion, social justice and empathy within WSU's future physicians.


  1. Facilitate medical students and doctors sharing medical experiences in other countries through activities such as presentations and gatherings.
  2. Facilitate medical students going to other countries for medical electives by providing information including contacts with physicians, contacts with medical mission organizations, and contacts with financial resources.
  3. Provide educational opportunities for WSU medical students through an elective lecture series on global health-related topics.

International Medical Service Trips

Since 2007, GHI has helped to send students to more than 14 countries. Students can seek medical supplies to take with them on their respective trips to help the people of the country that is being visited. Each trip provides students with a unique view into medicine in various parts of the world today. Find examples of recent medical service trips on the International Education Program page.

Financing Trips

Most students fund their trips by raising money from home, church, or other contacts. However, there are other possibilities. GHI is currently in the process of gathering various other methods for students to fund these trips. GHI financial officers are currently working with the Dayton community and the School of Medicine to help students fund their trips.

Financial aid for international travel is available for students who are enrolled in the International Health Program (IHP). IHP participants may request a budget increase for travel costs, up to a maximum of $3,000 during their medical school career. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for information about the program.

Student Initiated Electives


International Education Advisory Board Members
GHI Cofounder and Physician in the Field

Ryan Buchholz, M.D.,

Direct GHI club questions to:

Direct GHI symposium questions to:

Unite for Site Global Health Modules

Online Global Health Course
Volunteer Ethics and Professionalism Online Course
Cultural Competency Online Course
Last edited on 04/28/2015.