Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Area of Scholarly Concentration & Global Health Programs

The Center for Global Health (CGH) offers clinical rotations at international partner institutions to FSM students during the summer between their first and second-year of medical school as well as at various points during phase II and phase III of the curriculum. After first year, FSM students pursue independent research projects, mentored by a Northwestern faculty member, that meet the Area of Scholarly Concentration requirement.

The mission of the Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) is to train students to perform a highly mentored project which culminates with the writing of a thesis. The goals of this program include the performance – in a highly individualized area of independent study – of a hypothesis-driven investigation or formal project in biomedical research or a medically related fields. Areas of investigation include clinical investigation, translational medicine, global health, community and family health, medical humanities and the medical social sciences. These investigations will enhance the student’s ability to identify and solve problems, encourage critical thinking and develop mentored relationships with Northwestern University and Feinberg faculty members. Learn more about the AOSC program here.

Funding is available to FSM students who wish to pursue a global health AOSC project via the Global Health Initiative.

There are generally two paths to participate in a global health program during the summer between first and second year of medical school.  The first path involves identifying an independent AOSC project during four weeks of the nine-week summer break and conducting research at Feinberg’s campus in Chicago. Pending approval by both your AOSC mentor and advisor, a student may apply to participate in a four-week clinical rotation at one of FSM’s global partners generally after the AOSC requirement is met. It is important to note that AOSC is a graduation requirement while a global health rotation is an elective.

The second path involves identifying a global health research project at an international site. This requires getting an early start on the AOSC project and identifying a mentor who can assist the student to identify a feasible study at an international site. A second mentor must be identified at the host-institution and the study protocol needs to be reviewed by both Northwestern and the host-university’s Institutional Review Board.

Other requirements for a global health AOSC project include:

Identifying a Mentor

Global Health Area of Scholarly Contentration Past Projects