The CFHI Hybrid Global Health Practicum is a structured, supervised, and evaluated professional experience for Master’s and Professional level students to apply their relevant skills, knowledge, and values in a real-world setting.
The student undergoes the program in two distinct stages, completing both the place-based and virtual components. Throughout the project lifecycle, students collaborate closely with a CFHI preceptor, who acts as a mentor, upholding high standards of professional and ethical conduct to ensure a meaningful and continuous learning experience.
Using an Asset-Based Community Development approach, CFHI identifies appropriate projects for applicants based on the needs and interests of our global partners. All practicum projects are locally-led and build on existing strengths and resources, prioritizing sustainability and best practices for ethical engagement.
In addition to developing and sharpening global health capacities, trainees will build skills needed to effectively work across intercultural teams, as they will play a key role in keeping project timelines moving and ensure milestones and deliverables are met.
The program schedule is highly personalized, encompassing a minimum of 4 weeks, split equally between virtual and place-based components.
How long is a hybrid practicum?
Hybrid practicums are at least 4 weeks long, with at least two of these weeks being place-based.
Does the virtual or the place based leg go first?
Student needs are taken into consideration on a case to case basis, but the virtual leg usually goes first.
Will I know what I will be doing before I start the practicum?
Yes, you will receive a tailored practicum outline before your practicum begins. This outline is created for each student taking academic requirements, student interests and local realities into consideration.
How much in advance must I apply?
We recommend students apply 6 months before their start date at the latest. However, University time frame requirements must be taken into consideration.
Can I get credit for this program?
Yes, many participants do. To find out what is required at your school, talk to your advisor or global health faculty. CFHI assists with program enrollment, confirmation letters, evaluations, and other documentation you may need.
Are there scholarships available?
CFHI offers many scholarships for both place-based and virtual programs. Visit the scholarships page to find out more about requirements, deadlines, and more information on how to apply. New scholarships are posted every few months, so be sure to check the page frequently.
When is the program fee due?
The program deposit is due 60 days before the start date and the full program fee is due 45 days before the start date.
Juliana is the Practicum Coordinator at CFHI. In this role, she meets individually with practicum-seekers and connects them to projects and preceptors for a strong practicum experience. Juliana studied medicine at the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED) in Costa Rica and currently teaches physiology at this institution. She is engaged in different public health projects and educational research and speaks of social justice and Global Health related issues to anyone that gives her an opportunity. Her interests include Human Rights, social justice, health access in indigenous communities, history of medicine, and education. She enjoys time with her family and pets at the park, reading, arts and crafts, gardening and getting to know different points of views.
Email CFHI practicum coordinator email@example.com with a copy of your CV/resume
Arrange an interview
Create profile at www.cfhi.org and complete application
Wait for response from CFHI team
Upon acceptance and payment of the deposit, project development will begin in collaboration with the preceptor.