New International Global Health Education Opportunities Available for Medical Students

CFHI collaborates with Association of American Medical Colleges' Global Health Learning Opportunities Collaborative to expand elective opportunities for global health and medical students

Child Family Health International (CFHI), a non-profit organization that has provided transformative global health experiences to over 8,000 participants since 1992, has unveiled a new collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) through its Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO®) Collaborative.

GHLO is an international program of the AAMC, comprised of a network of collaborating institutions, that facilitates global mobility for medical and public health students pursuing electives outside their home countries. The program was established by the AAMC in 2012 in response to ever-increasing globalization in medicine that creates a growing interest on the part of medical students and medical schools to incorporate international electives into their educational curriculum. 

Through this collaboration, GHLO expands its elective opportunities to include CFHI's community-based Global Health Education Programs for global health and medical students.

Through this collaboration, GHLO expands its elective opportunities to include CFHI’s community-based Global Health Education Programs for global health and medical students. CFHI's unique model fosters reciprocal partnerships and empowerment in local communities, transforming perspectives about self, healing, and global citizenship.

Beginning in February 2016, the GHLO application service has added eight CFHI sites in Sub-Saharan Africa to its elective offerings, including Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania. In addition to providing numerous new options in this region, these sites will accommodate medical students in both pre-clinical and clinical years.

“The collaboration with GHLO is a milestone for both organizations, and we are pleased to offer global health electives in sub-Saharan Africa to the GHLO network, as this geographical area presents unique disease burdens and public health challenges,” says Robin Young, Assistant Director in charge of CFHI’s programs in Africa and Asia.


Founded in 1992, CFHI ( is a non-governmental organization (NGO) operating at the grassroots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in underserved communities around the world. CFHI offers 30+ Global Health Education Programs designed to broaden students' perspectives about global health - as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects - in developing countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Argentina, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, and the Philippines. More than 8,000 students have participated in CFHI programs to date. CFHI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).