Summer Internships in the Philippines

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Remote Island Medicine Internships in the Philippines

Manila, Quezon and Romblon, Philippines

Arrive Date:  August 8, 2020    End Date:  September 12, 2020

Program Overview

The Global Health Internship program provides students the opportunity to gain firsthand clinical rotation experience while being immersed in a local community.

Join the Philippines program and learn how resources, medicine, and healthcare services vary between remote islands and the mainland. Learn about the daily healthcare challenges villagers on remote islands face, where hospitals and clinics lack infrastructure, investments, supplies and personnel.  

Spend time in the excellent private and public healthcare facilities in the capital city of Manila to learn about the Philippines’ healthcare system and urban health service delivery. Meet local health professionals at the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office Headquarters and the Department of Health, and enjoy cultural lectures and excursions. Learn about the daily healthcare challenges faced by “barangays”, or villages, on remote islands in the provinces of Quezon and Romblon. Overall, this program will offer participants a taste of island hospitality with a unique cultural insight while rotating at community level clinics and participating in public health activities. See On Site for more information about Clinical Rotations. Program provided by Child Family Health International (CFHI), a NGO recognized by the United Nations.

Orientation Week Sample Schedule

  • Welcome dinner and cultural show
  • Lecture about Filipino history and culture
  • Manila city tour, focusing on socio-economic realities of Philippines
  • Guided museum tours
  • Community service project
  • 3-day (2 night) field trip to Bagui, Banaue and the villages of Ifugao- traditional villages, spiritual healers and rice terraces

Max Enrollment:  24

Taught in:  English (course taught remotely)

Program Coordinator:  Dana Armstrong


Education Abroad (EAP) 192. Internship (4 units)

University Writing Program (UWP) 198. Writing for Internships: Global Health (2 units)

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