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Child Family Health International

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is the leading international non-governmental organization (INGO) placing health science students on global health immersion programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. The organization models best global health education practices that demonstrate a priority commitment to community engagement and local integrity. CFHI is an INGO in Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.

  • Dates: Year-round
  • Length of rotation: Four to eight weeks
  • Locations: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Student level: M1s, M4s and other health science students; MPH students may apply for fulfill their field experience requirement by participating in a CFHI program
  • How to apply: First, complete the Institute for Global Health online application; then, complete the CFHI online application
  • Areas of focus: Global public health, women’s reproductive health, infectious disease and tropical medicine, traditional medicine, health access and inequalities, pediatrics

Program Details

CFHI and the Institute for Global Health have partnered together to engage Feinberg MD and health science studentsin a wide variety of community health projects in resource-limited, international settings. CFHI has more than 20 programs in 10 countries that connect local healthcare professionals with international students, offering transformative perspectives about global health and healing. CFHI programs match international students with local attending physicians who precept medical students in clinical settings and offer a unique perspective on the local culture and language as students learn about a community’s public health system. The programs place a strong emphasis on public health, cross-cultural competency, language learning and community engagement by involving students in sustainable healthcare services to underserved communities. Learn more about Child Family Health International's program offerings.


Students reside in a home-stay with local families, one of the highlights of the programs. In Latin America, the host families provide students with a unique opportunity to be immersed in the local culture and improve Spanish language skills. There are generally one to two students per home-stay and two meals per day are included. The exception may be in some programs in India where students stay in guest houses.


Please refer to CFHI’s website for the most up-to-date information about program fees. Students may apply to the Global Health Initiative to request funding to cover these program fees. Fees not only pay for your program and language classes (where applicable) but also support the community health projects and other efforts to benefit the local underserved communities. The Global Health Initiative at Feinberg has generously covered the majority of these fees in addition to airfair for many past students. 


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