GHI students displaying GHI t-shirt


Global 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.

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  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.

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