BHSc Field and Research Opportunity

The Cumming School of Medicine has for many years worked together with our University partners from around the globe on initiatives to promote Global Health promotion and equity. The field schools and research experiences offer University of Calgary students the opportunity for experiential learning about Global Health promotion, capacity building, and equity through a mix of classroom and field/research work in a Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) country settings. These international experiences usually run over the summer months. Field school partners past and present include: Mbarara University of Science and Technology Uganda, Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences Bugando Tanzania, Gondar University Ethiopia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Managua Nicaragua, Clínica Lecheria Dominican Republic, and Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences.

The BHSc Field and Research Opportunities consists of the following:

  • Assist in developing and doing research projects relevant to the community 
  • Assist in developing and deploying training programs for community member institutions. Students will work in teams for all fieldwork and training sessions.
  • A mandatory final written project relating the Social Determinants of Health about their experience in the LMIC, to meet the program requirements.

Location

All field experiences are done in close collaboration with our partners and their communities. The UCalgary students work together the partner’s staff, students and the local health authorities to engage with community members in planning. Examples of activities are: 1) Projects for health promotion learning with either the urban or rural health facilities to engage community and increase public awareness of health issues 2) Projects for building research educational capacity in Biotechnology and Molecular Biology and Bioinformatic.

Eligibility 

Currently, the field school are open to students of the Bachelor of Health Sciences students from all streams, Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation (CRDS), although also other students in the fields of Nursing, and Social Work will be considered on a case by case basis. The field school or research experiences accept 3 - 15 students. Please check our webpage regularly for the opportunities available.

These are some of the requirements and selection criteria for our field activities:

Selection Criteria

The following are desired criteria for applicants:

  • A team player
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent health and ability to face challenging situations 
  • Previous global experiences are an asset but not absolutely essential
  • Interested applicants should provide a 500-word essay on how you think you could make a positive contribution to this program, what your motivations are for joining this program and how you meet the above desired criteria.

The BHSc Field and Research Opportunities consists of the following:

  • Assist in developing and doing research projects relevant to the community 
  • Assist in developing and deploying training programs for community member institutions. Students will work in teams for all fieldwork and training sessions.
  • A mandatory final written project relating the Social Determinants of Health about their experience in the LMIC, to meet the program requirements.

Funding

Students are required to cover the costs relating to:

  • Return flight to the location
  • Course fees (registration in MDSCXXX)
  • Visa application fees
  • Travel clinic visit and vaccines/medications and any personal effects for travel. 

The Global Health Program will support in country costs related to lodging and ground travel during field experience. Involvement in this program requires enrolment in and completion of the MDSCXXX course. 

To apply:

You can apply for a travel bursary for up to $2500. The travel bursary is disbursed on completion of the field school and meeting post return requirements. The decision to award the bursary will be made by the Field School Advisory Committee.

Once registered in the MDSCXXX course, full time students are also eligible to apply for the International Study Travel Grant.

Students are also encouraged to apply to other internal or external grant opportunities.

Process

For complete application details please contact the International Project Coordinator.