Global Health Graduate Summer Program

The University of Haifa School of Public Health is pleased to offer its 6th annual Global Health Graduate Summer Program!

The goal of this program is to identify and develop a future generation of individuals who will lead health systems around the world. Students will meet in Israel, learn together, develop life-long relationships with colleagues from around the world, and then return home to promote best practices in health care. Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired new skills in leadership and new knowledge of global public health. Students will receive credits from the University of Haifa, which may well be applied to their home universities. They will also receive a certificate of completion of the program.

Dates: June 14, 2017 – August 9, 2017


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Students from abroad and from the University of Haifa will be together to share the classroom experience, sharing ideas and learning from one another. Please note that all classes WILL be taught in English. International students will also have the opportunity to participate in internships in which they will work on specific projects at places like local hospitals, nonprofits, and clinics.

In addition, throughout the summer there will be social activities and trips sponsored by the International School. The International School employs full-time Madrichim (or "Social Activities Coordinators") who build and implement the social activities program.

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Application Requirements and Procedure
1. Application Form: Students (Israeli and international) can download the Summer Program Application form here.

The application form includes further instructions on all the required application materials and where to send them.

2. Medical Form: The medical form can be found here.

3. Health Insurance Form: Instructions are here and the Health Insurance Registration Form can be found here. Please enter the period of insurance as June 13th (Start) - August 9th (End).

4. Undergraduate diploma


5. Official sealed transcript


6. Application fee


7. A B2 student visa may be required for non-American citizens. Please inquire with your local Israeli consulate for requirements. American citizens staying up to 3 months in Israel are not required to obtain a student or tourist visa to participate in the summer program. 


**It is acceptable to send a copy of the application form, medical and health insurance forms, and diploma via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The International School requests that the application fee and your official transcript be mailed to them. However, some universities have a special program in which they send electronic transcripts directly to the International School securely via email, which is also an acceptable option.

This program is open to individuals from all over the world who are studying or interested in any of the following subjects: public health, health care administration, health services research, medicine, social work, international affairs, and health policy and public administration. Students must have already completed their Bachelor's degree in order to apply for this program, unless under special circumstances they are otherwise eligible to take graduate courses.

1. $80 registration fee

2. $900 per course

3. Social or Program Fee: $800 total for trips throughout the country on weekends and some social functions at the University.  These costs will include in-country transportation, a guide, and entrance fees for national sites, such as Caesarea, Bet Shan, Jerusalem sites, and so forth.  The number and exact locations of trips will be determined by the size of the group and will be announced shortly before the Summer Program begins.  Once students complete their registration and after the registration deadline (May 15th), students will receive a schedule for the trips and tours offerings.  

4. Health insurance is $1.65/day. Once students have sent in their form, the University of Haifa will arrange insurance for them and add the fee to their invoice. 

5. $450 / month for on-campus housing. The International School will arrange rooms in the Talia dorms for students once they have successfully completed their applications and have been accepted into the program. Find out more about housing here.

***Once students have been officially accepted, they will be sent an official acceptance letter followed by a preliminary invoice which contains how much is due, and a payment schedule for when it is due.


1. Do summer program students need a visa?

Summer program students with a US passport coming for less than 90 days do NOT need a visa. Students ​who do not hold a US passport should contact their local Israeli consulate for specific visa instructions.

2. Is the local Israeli insurance mandatory? 

Yes, all International School students in the University of Haifa are required to have the Israeli Health Insurance policy. The local health insurance plan includes coverage at the University clinic. This insurance will give students easy access to a physician or nurse who speaks English well and is student friendly.
3. What is the estimated cost for meals each month?

There is no meal plan at the University of Haifa, but students can prepare meals in their suites. A grocery store is located in the dormitory complex and larger supermarkets are within a short distance from the campus. There are also subsidized cafeterias located on campus serving kosher meals during the day at reasonable prices. Numerous restaurants are located within a short driving distance from campus. Students should plan to spend $500-$600 per month for food, independent travel, and incidental expenses.
4. What is the estimated cost of books for the summer program?

$100 - $150 max per student. Not all courses will require textbooks.


Arrival and Orientation
June 14th- Summer Program students arrive
June 15th- Internship orientation and University of Haifa orientation
June 16th- Exploring the City of Haifa


Public Health Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: This course will provide an overview of human sexual behavior and the ways in which this behavior may pose a potential threat to human health. It will also cover the epidemiology, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV.

Course dates: June 21st-June 28th
Instructor: Professor Bill Fisher, PhD

2 credits


Leadership and Management of International Organizations: 
Public health leaders need to remove the barriers between countries to work in partnership with public health colleagues all over the world. This course provides an introduction and overview to leadership and management in global public health sectors. This course further develops leadership and managerial competencies relevant for work in governmental and non-governmental organizations across the globe. Assessment, practice and development of leadership, managerial and organizational skills will be accomplished through team exercises, and small group work. This course will make extensive use of actual global issues the students face presented using the case study method.  A major emphasis of this course is to provide a strong theoretical foundation to support and extend effective practice of leadership in a variety of cultural settings. This course will examine emotional intelligence applications in organizations and the extent to which it varies across countries around the globe. 

Course dates: July 11th-July 27th

Instructor: Professor Neale Chumbler, PhD

3 credits



Community Health: This course provides students with theoretical and practical skills for analyzing community health settings and for planning community health projects (domestic and global). During this course we will learn about theoretical models for project development, see examples of community health projects in different settings in the Israeli health care system, and will gain experience in the process of community project development. A number of field experiences will expose students to on-going community health activities, demonstrative of health care in Israel. 

Course dates: June 18th-August 6th 

Instructor: Dr. Shiran Bord, PhD

3 credits


Global Health Systems: Designed for future leaders to have content knowledge, this course provides future leaders with knowledge of international health systems that will give them a foundation of knowledge to improve health care in the future by improving health systems, understanding current best practices in health systems, and learning how to improve those systems that need improvement.

Course dates: July 10th-August 9th

Instructor: Professor Richard Schuster, MD, MMM

3 credits



Psychological & Behavioral Factors in Global Health: Does the advertising of pharmaceuticals correlate with addiction? How has the Western world influenced the alarming rate of global obesity and diabetes? Why is it often the case that female sexual health is objectified? When is physician assisted suicide an ethical option for terminally ill patients? This course will examine the impact of culture, social psychological phenomenon, and gender on an array of global health issues. These issues include psychological disorder stereotypes and treatment; obesity; pharmaceuticals and addiction; sexual health; moral choices in terminal illness decision-making; religion and stigma in seeking medical treatment; and the marketing of health. Course materials will consist of intriguing journal articles, interactive lecture, fascinating documentaries, and your own unique perspective. A text book is not required. To enhance application-based learning, the final project will require students to work in groups to solve a case-study using the knowledge they have gained throughout the course.
Course dates: July 11th-July 27th

Instructor: Krisstal Clayton, PhD

3 credits

Sociology of Health and Illness: Sociology of health has emerged as one of the key yet relatively unrecognized subfields of health research that spans the population health, health services and policy research fields. It has been an important contributing field to key policy decision-makers and the growing field of health knowledge translation. In this course, we begin with the idea that we cannot understand the topics of health and illness simply by looking at biological phenomena and medical knowledge, but instead, we must also consider a variety of social, political, economic, and cultural forces.  Sociologists of health and illness, also known as medical sociologists, use sociological perspectives and methods to understand the difference between looking at medicine and health care issues from an individualist and bio-medical model to a social and cultural model. In this course we will examine these differences and their implication for health care leaders, health care policy and delivery. During this course students will learn about the social and cultural context of health and medicine.

Course dates: July 12th-August 2nd

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Sznitman, PhD

2 credits



Leadership Seminar Series: Students are also invited to attend sessions of the Leadership Seminar that occur during the summer program. This is a unique seminar-based curriculum in global health leadership. The series will feature lively interactions with speakers who are global health experts. The speakers will be invited to discuss leadership in the professional world and strategies to address pressing global health challenges. During the seminar series, students will also develop a sophisticated understanding of global governmental and non-governmental health care organizations and the personal skills needed to play leadership roles in these organizations. The seminar sessions will be offered twice per month.



Contact Us!

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Program Co-Director
Richard Schuster, MD, MMM
Program Lecturer
Sharon Sznitman, PhD

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