Boston University offers free online on Global Health to provide guidance for undergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, and volunteers.
In this free course applicants will learn how to safely and effectively participate in global health rotations, projects, and volunteer work. The course will start on January 17, 2017.
You’ll need to put in an effort of Part 1: 3 hours; Part 2: 4 hours; Part 3: 2 hours for the course which is hosted by Boston University and edx. It will be taught in English and you can get a Verified Certificate for $50. Course Starts on January 17, 2017 – Self-Paced
Providers’ Details
Boston University’s impact extends far beyond our campus in the heart of Boston. Our students, faculty, and alumni travel around the globe to study, teach, and become immersed in the communities in which they live. As one of the world’s leading research universities, Boston University is currently engaged in more than 340 separate research, service, and educational programs and projects. Today, BU is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the American Association of Universities, a nonprofit association of 62 of North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.
Course Details
Whether you’re considering a global health learning experience such as a clinical rotation, a research project, or volunteer work, or are preparing to work abroad, this is the course for you!
This 3-part timeline-based course, designed by a team of global health experts, will help you prepare for successful global health learning experiences and projects. The course provides guidance for undergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, and volunteers. In each part, you will have the opportunity to learn through interactive scenarios and discussion forums.
Worth of Award
This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.
You’ll be able to:

  • Identify and describe different types of global health rotations and projects and determine which ones provide the best fit for you.
  • Identify and make plans to address logistical issues including personal, health, family, financial and security concerns.
  • Learn practical strategies for an enriched educational experience to benefit you and your host community.
  • Identify and navigate professional, ethical, and cultural issues, as well as medical or mental health issues you may encounter.
  • Identify strategies for effectively “reintegrating” into your home and work life upon returning from a global health experience.
  • Successfully advocate for other individuals at your institution to identify clinical opportunities, educational opportunities and funding structures for future global health experiences.


  • Gabrielle A. Jacquet MD, MPH: bio for Stephen Dunlop MD, MPH, CTropMed
  • Stephen Dunlop MD, MPH, CTropMed
  • Mark Hauswald MS, MD
  • Alison Hayward MD, MPH
  • Payal K. Modi MD, MPH
  • Justin Myers DO, MPH
  • Suzanne Sarfaty MD
  • Rachel A. Umoren MB, BCh, MS
  • Janis P. Tupesis MD

How to Apply

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
  • Once applicant sign up for a course and activate their account, click on the Log In button on the homepage and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to the dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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