From Georgia to Haifa – A Summer Program in Global Health

This summer, the International School offered an an 8-week graduate level summer program taught in English called “Developing Leaders in Global Health Systems”, taught by academic faculty from the School of Public Health and the University of Georgia at the beautiful campus of University of Haifa. This program was a wonderful opportunity to learn in a unique environment with academics from two international universities who have partnered in the field. It was offered to students already studying for their Masters in Public Health (MPH), or students interested in public health, health care administration, health services research, medicine, international affairs and health policy and public administration.

Over the course of the summer, visiting students studied alongside Israelis, sharing the classroom experience, sharing ideas, and learning from one another. This program provided a special opportunity for faculty and students from different parts of the world to come together to explore and exchange best practices in health care, and also develop relationships internationally to start a on-going conversation to improve health care worldwide.

While in Israel, international students had the chance to participate in internships ​in which they were be paired with other students to work on specific projects at local hospitals and clinics. The program also organized cultural trips to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Akko, Nahariya, Bet Shan, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, Megiddo, and Rosh Hanikra.

At the completion of the program, students acquired new skills in leadership and new knowledge of health care delivery, as well as new partnerships that they can use as they progress in their future careers.  Students received credits from either the University of Haifa or the University of Georgia, two internationally recognized universities, that may be applied to their home universities.  They receive a certificate of completion of the program.

For more information on summer offerings in the MPH program, please visit the Program website or contact the International School at the University of Haifa at

The International School at the University of Haifa offers an English-language MPH in Global Health Leadership and Administration, if you would like to read more about it, click here.

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