Global Health Certificate Program

VUSN Students in Haiti



Graduate Certificate in Global Health
The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health offers a Graduate Certificate in Global Health for which all graduate and professional students are eligible. The certificate requires the Foundations of Global Health or Foundational Skills in Global Health course, a variety of elective courses, and a practicum. 

To learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Global Health, visit:

If you are interested in completing the certificate, please contact Dr. Carol Ziegler at Tuition assistance may be available to interested students.


Discussion: Identifying and Treating Obstetric Fistula.

Monday, May 23rd, 11:10AM-12:00PM in NA 160


Kelsey Moore will lead a discussion about "Identifying and Treating Obstetric Fistula." Though cases of obstetric fistula in United States are rare, this life-threatening and avoidable obstetric complication affects up to 5% of women in developing nations. The results of an obstetric fistula are devastating and can include infant death, incontinence, and infertility. Many women suffer in silence, isolated from their communities and unable to access the treatment needed. This talk will provide information on the roles that nurses, midwives, and community health workers play in identifying and treating obstetric fistula in women at risk for developing a fistula and in women who have an existing fistula. As a group, we will discuss barriers to care in rural areas and how nurses can play a role in connecting women and families to care. Although this talk can be informative to all, FNP, WHNP, and CNMs may find this talk exceptionally helpful. I hope to see you there in an effort to support a fellow pre-specialty student and to learn more about providing supportive and informed nursing care to a condition we may need to address in the future.


Lunch & Learn: Nicaragua Global Health Course - Mon, April 4
Learn more about the Nicaragua Global Health course and the interdisciplinarypartnership between the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine. This elective course provides students an opportunity for a mentoredinterprofessional global health experience in Nicaraguan health and culture.The Monday evening course runs May 9-June 27 from 6:00-9:00 PM with weeklyinteractive classes and culminates in a trip to Nicaragua, July 31-August 7,2016. Contact Benjamin Smallheer or Natasha McClure for moreinformation and details. Light desserts will be provided. When: Monday, April 4, noon-1:00 PM Where: 166 Nursing Annex

Maya Approaches to Health Care in Guatemala - Mon, April 11

12:10-1:00PM in Frist Hall 155

The Global Health Journal Club invites you to participate in a discussion with Avery Dickens De Giron, Executive Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, about "Maya Approaches to Health Care in Guatamala." Her talk will look at Maya understandings of health and how their perception of medicine affects the way in which they receive and interact with the healthcare system in Guatemala. This will be a fascinating look into how cultural context affects the way in which medical care is developed, delivered, and received. As well as her role with CLAS, Avery is an expert in health and development in Guatemala. She received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Vanderbilt in 2008 and her research examines international development programs in Q'eqchi' Maya communities in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, as well as economic and social motivators for internal migration. Among many other roles, she is the faculty advisor for the Inter-American Health Alliance student chapter at Vanderbilt and, in addition to teaching, she has led several student groups to Guatemala.


Nicaragua Global Health Course: Information Session - Mon, February 1st

Are you interested in learning about what medical outreach looks like in a different culture? Have you ever wanted to travel as a student nurse and form interdisciplinary partnerships with The School of Medicine? Mary Lauren Pfieffer, one of the nursing faculty that is involved with the yearly summer Nicaragua Global Health Course, will be speaking to VUSN on Monday, February 1st, from 12:10-1:00PM in FH 140 to tell us more about what past years' projects have looked like and what is expected on this year's trip. Whether you are interested in applying for the course or not, this presentation is a great opportunity to learn another country's healthcare system and culture. Mary will return to VUSN on Monday, February 8th, from 12:10-1:00PM in NA 162 for another session.


Thursday, January 14

Check out the international opportunities for nursing students with the Peace Corps' Global Health Service Partnership.


Monday, October 12

Do you want to change the world? Want to win a million dollars to help you do it?

Learn about the Hult Prize. This is an organization that encourages teams of interdisciplinary students from universities around the world to solve the planet's biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. In the past two years, Vanderbilt teams have been selected out of thousands of submissions to compete in the regional competition in San Francisco - exciting stuff! This year the challenge is about "crowded urban spaces."


How can you get involved? Vanderbilt is hosting a Hult@ competition, which is an on-campus event where a minimum of ten teams from the university will compete to send a winner directly to the Regional Finals. It would great to see nursing students on these teams. We have a unique perspective to offer based on our training and experiences! Later in October, there will be an "team-forming" event to help people meet each other. I will send more information about that once it is announced.


If you are interested in learning more about the Hult Prize or joining a team, please email Kelsey Moore or Matt Inbusch.


Thursday, Sept 17
The Nicaragua group is having a poster presentation on Thursday, September 17, at Light Hall from 12:00-1:00pm.


Update: See the posters from the Nicaragua session.


Applications for the Nichols Fund will open on October 1


The Nichols Humanitarian Fund was established in 2006 by the E.C. and Lucile Hamby Nichols Trust, and by Edward C. Nichols, Jr. (JD ’70) and his wife, Janice Nichols. The Fund enables students to volunteer for domestic or international humanitarian service opportunities by making support available for educational, travel, and living expenses during their time of service.The Fund distributes awards based on merit and need to Vanderbilt students to pay the expenses of their humanitarian activities.

Students are encouraged to develop their own service opportunities in communities where they can work to address an area of need. In past years, students have served in communities all over the world, including Australia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, New Orleans, and India.


In the fall semester, applications are available to fund service projects that will be implemented during the summer academic break. Applications become available on October 1st and are due November 15th. If you have any questions about the Nichols Humanitarian Fund or the award application process, please contact Erika Larson in Vanderbilt University’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service at


CSIS Webinar: Meeting the Challenges of Global Polio Eradication - Sept 28, 2015

The CSIS webinar will take placce on Monday, September 28th from 8:30 to 2:30. If interested, students can register here for online access:


Informational Session - August 31, 2015

The VUSN Faculty Global Health Special Interest Group will host an informational session to discuss VUSN's global health opportunities for students on August 31st from noon to 1 in AX 167.


August 18, 2015

Upcoming Global Health Nursing Conference: Call for Abstracts.


Call for Applications for Global Health Internship
Wuqu' Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance is seeking a medical student, physician assistant student, or nurse practitioner student to carry out diverse activities related to chronic disease care in Guatemala for an 8-12 month internship beginning after June 1, 2016.

Please visit the following link for the internship description and instructions for application:


June 2, 2015

The IGH Global Health Certificate Requirements have been updated. View the IGH website for more information.


March 25, 2015

Congratulations to Emily DuBois Hollander (NMW-FNP Dual) and Yvonne Carter (FNP) , who were selected for the Frist Global Health Leaders Program!

Emily DuBois Hollander

Yvonne Carter