Virtual Global & Public Health Internship – Ghana

Program overview

The Virtual Global & Public Health Internship offers undergraduate, pre-health, and graduate-level participants the unique opportunity to learn foundational, industry-specific skills for careers in Global Health, Public Health, and related fields. Through virtual seminars and meetings, interns will explore how communities in Ghana are addressing their most pressing health challenges, including HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, maternal & and child health, nutrition, and family planning. Interns will have the opportunity to network with healthcare providers and NGO professionals who are working to improve health outcomes in Ghana. 

In addition, participants will join weekly Global Health seminars and bimonthly Roundtables, where they can engage with CFHI’s Medical Directors and gain a comparative perspective on Global Health. Upon request, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Areas of focus could include:

  • History and Cultural sessions – Norms, Food, Festivals and Reflections on significant tourist sites – Slave trade castles
  • Knowledge and challenges of the healthcare system and Social Determinants in accessing healthcare in Ghana
  • Health financing in Ghana and strides towards achieving University Health Coverage (UHC): The National Health Insurance Ghana
  • Current issues, Structural and Cultural Drivers of HIV/AIDs and current evidence-based methods in the prevention of HIV/AIDs
  • Differentiated service delivery for HIV in Ghana

 

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General information
Country
Ghana Virtual Internships
Focus
Hospital & Inpatient Medicine Maternal & Reproductive Health Pediatrics & Child Health Planetary Health Primary health care Public Health
Languages
English
Fees and Duration
4 Weeks - $975
Start Dates
June 3rd, 2024 July 1st, 2024 August 5th, 2024 September 2nd, 2024 October 7th, 2024 November 4th, 2024

About this program

Who can apply?

CFHI virtual internships are ideal for undergraduates, pre-health students, graduate students, and non-students who have a demonstrated interest in Global Health, Public Health, and related fields. This virtual internship is a good fit for students who have an interest in global or public health and would like to learn about health challenges in Ghana, such as infectious diseases, maternal & child health, and nutrition.

Language Required: English

The Virtual Global & Public Health Internship is an unpaid experience. Student fees will be used to compensate CFHI’s Global Partners– in line with our Fair Trade commitment.

Program components
  • Robust competency-informed readings and content 
  • Country-specific seminars and activities 
  • Access to Pillars of Global Health: Building Competencies for Global Health Engagement modules
  • Access to and training rooted in intercultural tools through CFHI partner Aperian
  • Access to the CFHI Global Health Professional Development Hub events and materials
  • Bi-weekly roundtables featuring global health experts from 3-5 countries
  • Synchronous and asynchronous virtual sessions led by CFHI Global Partners, all experts in local health systems and culture
  • *Training module: Self Care & Wellness for your Virtual Program
  • Facilitated group reflection sessions 
  • Orientation and debrief sessions lead by CFHI Virtual Programs Coordinator 
  • Support from CFHI’s Virtual Programs Coordinator

The Virtual Global & Public Health Internship is an unpaid experience. Student fees will be used to compensate CFHI’s Global Partners– in line with our Fair Trade commitment.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FAIR-TRADE LEARNING MODEL

The program requires participants to dedicate 8-12 hours per week to live Zoom sessions. During this time, students participate in lectures, seminars, and roundtables. Additionally, students may be assigned independent tasks by the local Medical Director to successfully complete the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 for virtual programs?

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.

How do I access course materials and the schedule once I am enrolled?

Once you are enrolled in a CFHI virtual program and have completed the necessary application steps, you will be sent a welcome email with information on how to access course materials and the course schedule via Google Classroom. You will also be invited to a virtual orientation that will introduce you to CFHI and help you prepare for the start of the program.

When is the program fee due?

The program fee is due 3 weeks before the start date of the program.

Can I get a certificate of completion once I finish the program? 

Yes! All students who complete a CFHI virtual program may request a certificate of completion by emailing students@cfhi.org.

Meet the local team

Dr. Charles Chineme Nwobu
Dr. Charles Chineme Nwobu
Ghana Medical and Program Director

Dr. Charles Chineme Nwobu: CFHI Ghana Medical and Program Director

Dr. Charles Chineme Nwobu is a Public Health Physician whose work spans Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, Sexual and Child Health, in addition to disability rights advocacy, education and development in communities. He leads the Global Health Projects Committee of the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital. He is the Director of the project known as “Rehabilitating Children With Disabilities In Accra: Community Engagement And Sensitisation and the DFSexEdS4WGDs Project (Disability-Friendly Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Education and Services for Women and Girls with Disabilities), which runs in Central Region, Ghana, in partnership with other NGOs and stakeholders in disability interventions in Ghana. He currently consults and has experience working with various global institutions and international organisations, including the WHO/United Nations, where he served as a Senior MD in the UN COVID-19 Field Hospital in Accra during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a member of the CHIFA (Child Health Information For All) working group – Child Health And Rights International Organisation, in Oxford, U.K. In addition, he has over ten years of experience working in Ghana’s public and private sectors as a Family Practitioner and Public Health Physician. He is a member of the World Medical Association (WMA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), U.K., with an MSc in Public Health for Development from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of London, UK, as well as undergoing an MSc in Medical Education for Healthcare Practitioners from the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. In addition, he trained in International Development at the Madingley Hall of the University of Cambridge, UK and has a Professional Diploma in Paediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland (RCPI). Before his Postgraduate qualifications, he studied at the University in Ghana, where he achieved a BSc. in Medical Sciences and a medical degree (MBChB).

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What alumni say about this program

Franly R.
Franly R. Program's Alumni

“Working with Child Family Health Internationally was wonderful! I had opportunity to expand my knowledge and awareness about cultural differences, and how to have better interpersonal communication. They provided me with great tools to learn about professionalism and intercultural effectiveness within the global health field during my 4-week virtual internship. I really enjoy the space they created for us to meet doctors and professionals from all over the world to bring awareness to disparities within health systems and global issues. Their realities and how it is important to dig deeper to understand how we can make a change was a great start to learning how to support my own community. I enjoyed learning about my country of choice from home and found it very meaningful to learn about its culture and traditions. I feel more confident now approaching and communicating with people from different backgrounds and plan to use the tools from CFHI throughout my career working internationally.”

Tanyaradzwa T.
Tanyaradzwa T. Medical Student VSLO Virtual Scholarship, Virtual Global and Public Health Internship - Ghana (April 2022)

“Hi, I’m Tanyaradzwa, a final year medical student. My experience with the CFHI virtual elective was a memorable one. I enjoyed the topics we addressed, and I loved working with people from different backgrounds whilst we were in our own time zones. My personal highlights would be the moments when people shared stories about their own cultures or the health experiences of the communities they were living in. I learned more about myself and the program served as a stepping stone to improving my global health, interpersonal, and intercultural skills. I will hold onto everything I learned and all I gained during this experience and use them both in my future career as well as my day-to-day life.”

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