For medical students who are eager to serve diverse patient populations both in the US and abroad, as well as gain a better perspective on the global healthcare landscape, the School of Medicine’s Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) offers a formal curriculum for students to enhance their knowledge and skills in global health.

Global Health Scholars Program in Nicaragua

GHSP Mission Statement

The mission of the Global Health Scholars Program is to support interested students in distinguishing themselves as scholars in global health through immersion experiences, scholastic efforts, education, and reflection. Scholars will develop a foundation of global health knowledge and skills that will enable them to confidently incorporate global health into their future careers. Scholars will grow in the areas of: Reflection, Education, Immersion, and Scholastic Efforts.

Program Requirements

Education: Learn, Question, Understand

  • Attend 4 faculty lectures
  • Attend 2 Conversational InSIGHT discussions
  • Attend 2 documentary discussions
  • Attend 1 global health reading discussion

Immersion: Go, See, Engage

  • Complete 1 GHSP approved immersive experience

Capstone: Synthesize, Present, Contribute

  • Complete 1 research project and present at a conference
    - or -
  • Complete a reflection piece for presentation at a SIGHT event

Application Process

Students may apply by completing the application below

GHSP application

GHSP-Approved Immersion Sites/Programs

GHSP Blood pressure checkPreclinical Years

  • Students Interested in Global Health for Tomorrow (SIGHT) Nicaragua Trip
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) Guatemala Medical Mission Trip

Clinical Years

  • Himalayan Health Exchange
  • Jamaica Medical Mission Elective
  • Child Family Health International
  • Community for Children
  • Global Brigades
  • South African – Stellenbosch University
  • STEER: South Texas Environmental Education and Research
  • Others based on pre-approval


Students have the opportunity to engage in global health issues through the various education opportunities listed below:

  • Global Health Faculty “Lunch & Learn” Lecture Series
    • Lectures on global health issues by faculty throughout the School of Medicine
  • Conversational InSIGHT Journal Club
    • Discussions over global health topics via selected podcasts, TED talks, journal manuscripts, and more
  • Documentary Nights
    • Selected global health documentary viewings with discussion
  • Medical Spanish Course
    • Six-week course on medical Spanish taught by Spanish department graduate student
  • Book discussion
    • Selected book on global health topic with discussion


Meet Our Team

Kathleen Quinn, PhD

Kathleen Quinn, PhD


Kathleen Quinn, PhD, joined the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Office of Rural Health in 2000 and was named Associate Dean for Rural Health in 2013. In addition to advising the Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP), she leads the Rural Scholars Program (RSP), which is designed to provide students with ongoing exposure to rural medicine and guide them toward careers in the field. Throughout the years, she has established statewide partnerships with organizations, communities and hospital systems to ensure the RSP’s success. Dr. Quinn has been the principal investigator on continuous grants from the Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Senior Services. She serves on health advisory boards for the United Way and the Missouri Hospital Association. She is a committee member for COMPASS (Contemplating Medicine, Patients, Self and Society) and the Medical Student Performance Evaluation committee, and she serves on the Committee for Respect and Civility in the Learning Environment.

Amy Williams, MD, MSPH

Amy Williams, MD, MSPH


Amy Williams, MD, MSPH, is a practicing family physician and an Associate Professor and clinical researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Williams has served as the faculty advisor of Students Interested in Global Health for Tomorrow (SIGHT) for 3 years and is passionate about global health educational and service experiences, having traveled to Jamaica, Panama, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. In addition, Dr. William's research focuses on child obesity, especially in low-income and racial and ethnic minority families. She is investigating the influence of stress from racial discrimination and stereotype on child obesity, clinic and community-based approaches to preventing and treating childhood obesity, as well as policy initiatives to improve community health.