International Health

As a PLME student, there are several international exchange programs that you may become involved with, some with funding and others that you have to fund yourself. 

An exchange program involves medical students from our exchange school coming to take clinical electives at the Alpert Medical School with "tuition waived." In exchange, PLME and Brown medical students may elect to have tuition waived for projects, courses or research at the exchange institution. (International Exchange Programs)

Summer Mini Courses in Germany at Rostock University and Tuebingen University.  In 2016, dates will be Rostock June 6-17, 2016 and Tuebingen June 20-July 1, 2016. Students may arrive earlier at Tuebingen to take part in a skills lab--discuss with Dean Ip. More information at Summer Mini-Courses in Germany
or International Exchange ProgramsContact these students who went to Germany in 2014.   Download a Student's Guide to Tuebingen by Grace Sun, PLME'16.  Deadline to apply is 2/28/16

At Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China, (BIOL 6531) PLME undergraduates and medical students may take one of the two 4-week Traditional Chinese Medicine programs in the summer. For 2016, tentative dates of the programs are June 11-July 9, or July 16-August 13.  (No TCM program is presently offered in the Winter Break.) Deadline to apply is 2/28/16.   The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese preferred (but not required if you are traveling with other students who have some fluency) at a conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience. ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student. The Pang Endowment provides a stipend. More information at International Exchange Programs. Discuss this option with Dean Ip.  Download China/Taiwan applicationRead student reflections 2015.

Students should read the Guide to Brown University-Zhejiang University Exchange Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine compiled by Jack Cossman MD'15 after his visit to Zhejiang in 2009 and updated in 2015 by Elaina Wang '17.

At National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, PLME undergraduates who are interested in Community Health might find a research project through the NCKU Family Medicine/Rural Medicine department. Fluency in Chinese is much preferred but most patients speak the local Taiwanese dialect. NCKU waives tuition and assists with provision of room and board though there may be a small fee. The Luke Charitable Trust fund may provide a travel reimbursement of $1000/month to a maximum of $1500. More information at International Exchange Programs. Discuss this option with Dean Julianne Ip.  Download China/Taiwan application. Download NCKU Application Form.   Read student reflections.

A two-week summer course (offered in English) BIOL 6532-“Introduction to Chinese Medicine: Its importance and Translational Medicine usage and ethical considerations” at the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine (Tainan, Taiwan) is offered for Brown PLME students and medical students. Dates in 2016 are expected to by July 18-29, 2016.  Deadline to apply is 2/28/16.  Tuition is covered by NCKU.  Housing will be arranged by NCKU.  Total expenses include the plane ticket, food, and out of pocket expenses.  Partial funding is available to support the travel to NCKU for the two-week course. Discuss this program with Dr. James Sung at  Download:  China/Taiwan Application. NCKU summary sheetNCKU application. Read comments from summer 2012.

Global Health Initiative
With current projects and programs in 33 countries --28 of which are in developing countries-- Brown is particularly well-positioned to expand and to accelerate these efforts through the Global Health Initiative.  The Initiative encompasses a wide range of practitioners and researchers across medicine, public health, biomedical research, social science, and engineering to provide sustainable solutions in partnership with communities and institutions in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The Initiative was inaugurated with a symposium in September 2009, and Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medicine is its inaugural director. The Program supports scholarships for students and medical trainees, and provides funding for faculty who are developing coursework that brings global health content to bear on the subject matter of the course.

The International Opportunities Roadmap will provide you with assistance in how to find an international health opportunity.

Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be one of the most common infections in the world. It is important to understand your risk of TB infection while working or traveling abroad.


  • Visiting International Medical Student Office (VIMS), Arnold Lab 222, may be able to assist with funding for opportunities in China or Taiwan through the following:

The Luke Charitable Trust Foundation donation
The Sheldon and Hong Chang Pang endowment

  • International Health Travel Scholarships (IHTS)
    Approximately ten (10) scholarships of $500 are awarded annually in March to PLME undergraduate students to support travel to international locations to pursue educational experiences, such as attending summer seminars, conferences, programs, or research that will benefit the students' professional development. The annual deadline for submission of an application is February 28. Information is emailed to student listservs (
    NOTE: Students applying for the Traditional Chinese Medicine programs at Zhejiang University, China or NCKU, Taiwan CANNOT apply for IHTS.

  • Brown University offers a variety of funding opportunities for students interested in global health. Begin your search for funding at the International Health Institute Funding Opportunities page.