Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

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 which 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:
Step 1: Complete CGH Online Application
Step 2: Complete CFHI Online Application

Areas of Program Focus: Global public health, women’s reproductive health, infectious disease and tropical medicine, traditional medicine, health access and inequalities, pediatrics, and many others.

Program Details:
Child Family Health International and FSM’s Center for Global Health have partnered together to engage FSM students and other health science students in a wide variety of community health projects in resource-limited, international settings. CFHI has 20+ programs in ten countries that connect local health care 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 variety of program offerings here.

Partnership with NU AID: CFHI and Northwestern University’s Alliance for International Development (NU AID) have partnered to provide a global health immersion program for first and fourth-year FSM students in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. NU AID participants will visit Puerto Escondido each July to learn about Mexico’s public health system and gain clinical training from local physicians on rural and tropical medicine. This year's program will focus on maternal-child health as FSM students partner with local midwives to learn about healthcare challenges that Mexican women face in the local community. Each year five M4s team up with five M1s in pairs to improve their medical Spanish, receive clinical training in public primary care clinics, and learn about the public health system in Mexico. 

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. FSM 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 FSM has generously covered the majority of these fees in addition to airfair for many past FSM students. 

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For More Information:
Child Family Health International
995 Market Street, Suite 1104
San Francisco, CA 94103
tel: +1 415 957 9000
toll free: +1 866 345 4674
fax: +1 415 840 0486

Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611