Global Health Overview

A small hillside village in the Global Health learning program

At the School of Nursing, global learning occurs in the classroom, on-line and by travel abroad, as well as through collaboration with visiting scholars from around the world and partner organizations that include academic institutions and government and non-governmental agencies.

Global Health at the School of Nursing

Our faculty and staff are committed to discoveries that optimize the health of children, families, elders and communities everywhere.

Our students, staff, faculty and alumni are contributing to creating a healthy future for the planet through their work locally and around the world. We offer students global perspectives and opportunities and seek to build meaningful and sustainable partnerships. Through our research discoveries, collaborative service and policy development, we are transforming global health one person, family, community, and environment at a time.

Whether partnering to prevent emerging infectious pandemic threats in Africa and Asia or encouraging healthy adolescent-parent communication in refugee families locally in the Twin Cities, the School of Nursing is at the forefront of global health promotion.

Opportunities for students

Each year, global experiences emphasizing cultural appreciation and exploration of other health systems are offered to students to enrich their nursing educational journey. In 2019-2020 students will have an opportunity to participate in a faculty-led global experience in Kenya, Cuba, Ireland, Guatemala or Iceland.

Outline of the country of Ireland

Global Health Experience in Ireland

For current upper-level BSN and Master of Nursing students
Students will explore the history of Irish nursing and health care and learn how Irish nurses are leading the way in transforming their health care system in clinical and community health settings.

Outline of the country of Kenya

Global Health Experience in Kenya

For current Master of Nursing and DNP students
This immersion course will bring students to urban and rural settings in Nairobi and Mombasa. Students will experience healthcare and mental healthcare in the context of environment, race, culture, and policy.

Outline of the country of Guatemala

Guatemala Global Health Immersion Program

For current DNP students
Students will gain an understanding of the socio-cultural factors affecting the health and well-being of Guatemalans through collaborative activities with local communities in urban and rural village locations in and around the historic city of Antigua.


Outline of the country of Cuba

Global Health Experience in Cuba

For current Master of Nursing, DNP, or Ph.D. students
Students will observe all three levels of the highly effective Cuban health care system including neighborhood primary care clinics, local multi-specialty clinics, and acute care hospitals.

Outline of the country of Iceland

Global Health Experience in Iceland

For current Master of Nursing, DNP, and Ph.D. students
This course will focus on international nursing leadership and employee management grounded in population health. Students will observe different models of health care delivery in Reykjavik and explore the impact of a single payer system.

Visiting Scholars

The School of Nursing values the collaborations offered by visiting scholars. Sponsorship by a School of Nursing faculty member is required.

Learn about Visiting Scholars


Leaders in public health, health care and research from the University of Minnesota and Cuba shared insights about the COVID-19 rollout at a virtual forum on April 21.

The School of Nursing announced the slate of inaugural Global Health Faculty Scholars. The 2021-2023 cohort includes Cynthia Bradley, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, Nasra Giama, DNP, RN, PHN, Barb McMorris, PhD, Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, RN, Sripriya Rajamani, PhD, MPH, MBBS, FAMIA, and Erica Schorr, PhD, RN, FAHA.