Center for Global Health

Students who engage with the Center for Global Health are challenged to explore 21st-century global health issues using both interdisciplinary and disciplinary knowledge and perspectives. Expert career mentoring, internships and externships, research opportunities, and volunteer service—in Richmond, Indiana, or halfway around the world—are invaluable ways the CGH helps prepare students for leadership in their chosen health fields.

Preparing students for medical and health careers

Earlham has long history of preparing students for careers in medicine and related health professions. Our alumni have medical school acceptance rates well above the national average. Recent graduates have enrolled in many of the nation’s leading medical schools, including Harvard, Chicago, Dartmouth, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Michigan and the University of Washington. Alumni have attended veterinary school at Purdue, Ohio State and University of California at Davis. Others have studied public health at Notre Dame, Northwestern and Johns Hopkins.

How do I major in pre-health?

Good news: There is no “correct” major for those interested in health careers! We offer a variety of pathways from pre-medical and pharmacy to pre-veterinary or pre-forensic science—and everything in between!

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Global Health Abroad

Through this immersive summer program, students gain a valuable intercultural perspective. In recent years the program has engaged students in global health issues and volunteering in Peru and Costa Rica.

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Health Externship and Community Medicine Programs

Volunteering, job shadowing, and training as a health coach are all ways that pre-health students gain practical experience and integrate into the community.

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Success in diversity

Earlham is committed to preparing students who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color for success in health careers. Today’s world needs diversity among health professionals to serve all communities.

Pursuing a future for good

Cyrus Buckman, a 2018 Earlham graduate with a degree in biochemistry, is an M.D. candidate in Stanford University’s prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship program.

Stories of success

Earlham’s medical school acceptance rate is consistently well above the national average, and our medical school placements include Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Chicago School of Medicine. Meet alumni who are succeeding in their fields and how you can follow in their footsteps.

Opportunities, resources and involvement

The CGH offers many programs for students to get real-world experience, become involved with research
and actively participate in career-discerning pre-health opportunities.

In addition to on-campus research with Earlham faculty, students have access to funded research opportunities at major research institutions.

Through our professional partnerships, Earlham students can gain early or preferred acceptance into the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Fairbanks School of Public Health.

No matter what career path they choose, pre-health students will benefit from awareness of and experience with cultural differences in diverse patient populations. This program is a partnership between the CGH and Indiana’s only bilingual medical center.

The CGH supports Earlham’s chapters of HOSA – Future Health Professionals and the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS). Learn more about student organizations related to global health.

Earlham’s Center for Global Health (CGH) is excited to partner with the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Program in offering renewable $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from PLTW high schools.

Earlham’s Center for Global Health offers expert health career mentoring, internships and externships, and research and volunteer opportunities—locally, nationally or halfway around the world—so you can gain invaluable leadership preparation in your chosen health career field.


If you are interested in a healthcare career, these faculty and staff will help you choose a four-year pathway that supports your interests and career goals. They will also guide you to the resources available through the Center for Global Health.

There is no “correct” academic major for students interested in a healthcare career. While some Earlham students choose a major in the sciences, many majors are represented among our pre-health students. The key is to begin planning early during your time at Earlham. For information, please contact HCA Committee member Peter Blair, director of the CGH.

HCA Committee member Mike Deibel recently completed a term as president of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

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We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.