Applications open for unique Summer 2020 course “Special Topics in Experiential Global Health: Migrant Health”

October 17, 2019   |   Blog

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Photo: 2018 inaugural cohort of “Experiential Learning in Global Migrant Health” with community partners

CGSHE’s Dr. Shira Goldenberg will be teaching an intensive, hands-on course focused on global migrant health at the Tijuana-San Diego border – the busiest land border crossing in the world. Graduate students and senior undergraduate students will engage directly with community, policy, and other stakeholders to learn about strategies for addressing health and social inequities faced by diverse migrant populations. This course is an interdisciplinary, applied learning experience for students interested in global health, human rights, and social justice.

This opportunity is the result of a collaboration between Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), and CGSHE. The course will offer unique opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and prepare students for research and practice. See details including how to apply below. For more information, please contact

Course Title: Special Topics in Experiential Global Health: Migrant Health (HSCI 885/496)

Instructor: Dr. Shira Goldenberg

Dates: April 27 – May 7, 2020

Location: University of California San Diego, and community, clinical, and research sites in Tijuana and San Diego

Eligibility: Graduate and senior graduate students from SFU, UCSD, or other institutions participating in the Western Dean’s Agreement (e.g. UBC)

Prerequisites (as of Spring 2020):

• Introductory course in global health (HSCI 821/160) or instructor approval

• Conversational Spanish/introductory Spanish course (SPAN 102/103) an asset

Cost: Students responsible for modest travel and fieldwork costs (est. $1850-2000 CAD)

How to Apply: Applications are currently open! Submissions are reviewed as they arrive, with the Round 1 deadline November 15, 2019. Interested students are required to apply by sending one email with the following materials to

  • a one-page statement summarizing prerequisites completed, any prior relevant experience (e.g., global health, Spanish skills, migrant health), and how the course complements their learning and career goals;
  • transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.