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Global Health Initiatives

Global health experiences enhance awareness of international issues relevant to health, exposure to other cultures, languages and knowledge of other health care systems.

OUWB is committed to providing students who wish to participate in a global experience with an educationally meaningful experience in a safe and structured environment.

These collaborations include:

  • student exchanges
  • research
  • faculty development
  • an exchange of ideas about admissions and curriculums
Global Health Partnership Map
Map: OUWB currently has partnerships with universities and health systems in Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Israel and Jordan. View the map to learn more about each partnership.
Apply for a global health experience
Prerequisites: Learn about the prerequisites involved in applying for a global educational opportunity.
Planning a global experience: is it for me?
Document: Practical guidelines and planning involved in participating in a global experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ: Short answers to the questions you most often ask about global education at OUWB.
M4 Electives
An elective is a rotation taken during the M4 year. The description of the types of electives offered and how they count toward graduation credit can be found in the Enrolling in Electives as an M4 policy. Selection Criteria.

Emek Medical Center - Afula, Israel
Afula, Israel

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Founded in 1924, Emek Medical Center is northeast Israel's most prominent health providing institution. More than 500,000 residents of the region's cities, towns and villages depend on and enjoy the healthcare services of Emek. Outstanding emergency services, surgical facilities, intensive care units, medical institutes, inviting inpatient departments, sophisticated laboratories and renowned physicians are part of the infrastructure of this highly respected hospital. People, technology and commitment are some of the reasons many Israelis turn to Emek for their healthcare needs. Emek Medical Center is a major teaching affiliate of the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. They have worked towards providing care to hundreds of thousands of people regardless of national origin, religious beliefs: Jews, Muslim, Christians, as well as immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethopia.

The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School - Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem, Israel

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Hadassah Medical Center operates two university hospitals at Ein Kerem and Mount Scopus in Jerusalem as well as schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacology affiliated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Its declared mission is to extend a hand to all, without regard for race, religion or ethnic origin. The Medical Center ranks as the sixth-largest hospital complex in Israel. Across its two campuses, Hadassah Medical Center has a total of 1,000 beds, 31 operating theaters and nine special intensive care units, and runs five schools of medical professions. In 2005, Hadassah was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in acknowledgment of its equal treatment of all patients, regardless of ethnic and religious differences, and efforts to build bridges to peace.

Ravitz Foundation

Funding is made possible through a generous gift from the Ravitz Foundation to assist with the expense of the trip. This funding is available to a limited number of students.

Click the Ravitz Foundation tab to learn more.

The Jordan University of Science and Technology - Irbid, Jordan
Irbid, Jordan

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The Faculty of Medicine of the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) houses 11 clinical departments and 5 basic science departments. There are many academic synergies between OUWB. According to Dean Daradkeh, JUST is "committed to teaching both the science and the art of medicine", a theme echoed often at OUWB and reflected in the title of the OUWB "Art and Practice of Medicine" course. Like OUWB, basic science instruction use an organ system approach and a robust clinical skills center. Basic science and clinical instruction are in English. The King Abdullah University Hospital is Joint Commission International accredited, has a bed capacity of nearly 700, and serves nearly one million individuals in the north of Jordan. Like OUWB and the Beaumont Health System, JUST and KAUH share an exceptional commitment to community engagement and access to a high quality of health care.

The University of West Indies at St. Augustine - St. Augustine, West Indies
St. Augustine, West Indies

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The Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of West Indies opened its doors to a five-year teaching program in 1989. Since then, graduates have distinguished themselves worldwide and specialized in many different fields of medicine. The Faculty of Medical Sciences at St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago is located at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and comprises schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy and advanced nursing education. The main Medical Hospital at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex provides generalist and specialist medical and surgical services within three blocks of clinical research laboratories. The hospital features ambulatory health care facilities, 13 operating theaters, nuclear medicine, CAT scanning, radiological facilities, intensive care units, outpatient clinics and accident and emergency units.

Yonsei University College of Medicine - Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, South Korea

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Founded in 1886, the Yonsei University College of Medicine provides a cutting-edge approach to medical education. The Yonsei University Health System consists of graduate schools in Public Health and Nursing; colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing; and five hospitals: Severance Hospital, Gangnam Severance Hospital, Yongin Severance Hospital, Severance Mental Health Hospital, and the Yonsei University Dental Hospital. Severance Hospital in Seoul has more than 2,000 beds and is the world's largest Joint Commission International-accredited hospital in the world.

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO®)

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO®)

GHLO® is offered through the AAMC and makes it possible for M4 students to to pursue visiting electives outside their home countries.

Oakland University provides this information regarding global experiences as a service to students interested in learning more about such programs. The information regarding the program(s) is created and maintained solely by other public and private organizations. The University does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Oakland University has no relationship or agreement with the any of the programs described here, nor does it have any supervisory or administrative role in any of these programs. The University in no way represents or acts as agent for any of the programs.

Users of this information assume all responsibility to investigate and to become informed of all aspects of the programs, and the University assumes no liability for any loss, damage, illness, or personal injury, including pain, suffering, and death, that may be sustained by anyone in the course of participating in any program described here.

Child Family Health International Program (CFHI)

Child Family Health International (CFHI)

OUWB endorses the educational experiences offered by the Child Family Health International Program. 

CFHI's 25+ programs in 10 countries connect students with local health professionals and community leaders transforming perspectives about self, global health, and healing.

Ravitz Foundation

Funding is made possible through a generous gift from the Ravitz Foundation to assist with the expense of the trip. This funding is available to a limited number of students to assist with the costs of the exchange (elective) at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School.

2015 exchange visitor: Danny Mammo,
Class of 2016


For two weeks in August 2015, Dr. Mammo, advanced his Medical knowledge in the department of Ophthalmology at Emek Medical Center. He gained new clinical skills, met a fascinating array of physicians and residents and enjoyed a social experience that he will hopefully never forget. Dr. Mammo will coauthor two articles with his faculty mentor at Emek. He then spent two weeks at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem under the direct supervision of the renowned professor, Yaakov Pe'er, M.D.

2016 exchange visitor: Amer Al-Hadidi,
Class of 2016


Dr. Al-Hadidi spent April 2016, a senior elective month, in pediatric oncology at Hadassah Hospital (Hadassah Hebrew University) Jerusalem, Israel. During this experience, he saw complex cases he only had read about in textbooks and observed new therapies in pediatric oncology.

Contact and

Medical students 

For global opportunities contact:
Rachel Yoskowitz, MPH, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Coordinator of Community and Global Health 

For M4 electives contact:
Janail Silver, Director of Records & Registration

Faculty interested in exchanges, please contact Dr. Afonso at:

Residents interested in exchanges please contact Dr. Devries at: