International Service-Learning

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INMED cooperates with health facilities around the world to provide INMED learners with exceptional, supervised service and learning experiences. Within this context, INMED learners enjoy the opportunity to develop judgment and expertise as they apply principles into actual practice. Selection of INMED Training Sites is made with attention to safety, accessibility, instructor credentials, ease of communications, former learners’ evaluations, and the welfare of the local communities. On location, responsibilities will be customized to the learners skill set, and may include health promotion projects, public health research, health system administration, medical and nursing education, and direct patient care. Satisfactory completion of all International Service-Learning requirements earns 5 credit hours.




Participants in International Service-Learning must have already been accepted into the Professional Master’s Degree in International Health, or the Professional Diploma in International Medicine, Nursing or Public Health. All prospective participants are advised to read through the Service-Learning FAQs page in its entirety prior to submitting an application.


The Professional Certificate Course in International Medicine or Nursing or Public Health must be completed prior to departing for International Service-Learning. Medical students must also first complete their school’s core clinical rotations in surgery, OB-GYN, pediatrics and internal medicine.


Competency Objectives


At the completion of INMED International Service-Learning, Medicine & Public Health learners will be able to demonstrate through actual professional practice the identical competency objectives of their corresponding Professional Certificate Course.




International Service-Learning experience for health profession students and junior resident physicians must be a minimum of four weeks. A minimum of two weeks is required for practicing professionals and final-year resident physicians. Learners are encouraged to consider integrating their Scholarly Project with their International Service-Learning.






Important components of International Service-Learning include:


Participants will make an educational presentation for staff or community at the training site.  The participant’s supervisor will assist in selecting the topic, content, and venue of this presentation.

Upon returning from the international service-learning experience, participants are required to submit a guided personal essay to aid integration of the experience to the learner’s personal and professional life.

Participants will submit an evaluation to INMED of their international service-learning experience.


International Service-Learning Via Equivalency


INMED endeavors to recognize excellent international service-learning experiences provided by other institutions, as well as to recognize significant prior experience already gained by some INMED learners. Please inquire for more information.