At the second GHO meeting of the year, which took place on Tuesday September 20th, 2011, students that participated in the Certificate in Global Health Program over the summer shared their experiences with NYCOM’s  1st and 2nd year students during an interactive Question and Answer session.  Students that attended the meeting also had an opportunity to see a slide show of pictures from both trips.

The Certificate in Global Health Program is offered through the Center for Global Health of the New York Institute of Technology.  It comprises of coursework that can be completed over two weeks during the summer semester or from February until April during the spring semester. The coursework involves reading and discussion of research articles on topics such as medical ethics, tropical medicine, healthcare costs and reforms. Upon the completion of the coursework students may participate in fieldwork/research.  The fieldwork/research can be conducted in either Ghana or El Salvador. Trips take place during the summer semester in either June or July depending on the chosen destination. Although the fieldwork/research is not required, it is highly recommended to get the full experience.  Upon the completion of the coursework students will obtain 3 credits towards Masters in Public Health degree. Students that complete the coursework as well as participate in the fieldwork/research will be qualified for 9 credits towards their Masters in Public Health degree and a Certificate in Global Health. More information about the Program can be found here: (the website is currently being updated to include information on the next year’s course and 2012 application will be posted soon). Students are also encouraged to contact Dr. Michael Passafaro with any questions they have regarding the program. Dr. Passafaro can be reached via e-mail at or in his office in the Hannah Charles Serota Academic Center Room 107.

This summer students that went on trips to Ghana and El Salvador had unique opportunities to learn about the healthcare system structures of those developing countries, gain knowledge of obstacles to care and ways that countries overcome them. Students visited multiple clinics and hospitals, where they shadowed local physicians and participated in routine physical examinations.

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