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Center for Global Health

About the Center

Students who engage with the Center for Global Health will be challenged to explore 21st-century global health issues using interdisciplinary and disciplinary knowledge and perspectives. This will be facilitated through active participation in health-focused Applied Minor (AP), regional and national externships/internships, laboratory research experiences, volunteering, and leadership opportunities in our student Health Club. Current examples include an AP in medical humanities, internships in regional hospitals, an international malaria research experience in Thailand, and an immersive medical/public health and service-based May Term in Peru.

Peter Blair
Professor of Biology; Co-Director, Center for Global Health and the Integrated Program in Health Sciences

Jessie Pilewski
Associate Director of the Center for Global Health and Career Coach

Erik Baker
CoLab Project Manager

Recent News

A new Community Medicine program at Earlham

A new community medicine program at Earlham College will offer students clinical training and hands-on experiences treating chronically ill patients in the local community.

Ryan Williams, Reid Health's trauma program manager and EMS coordinator; Dr. Emily Kraft, Reid's EMS medical director; Mike Deibel, Earlham's Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Peter Blair, Director of Earlham's Center for Global Health.

The Center for Global Health offer students a Community Medicine program that provides clinical training and hands-on experiences treating chronically ill patients in the local community.

Earlham students enrolled in pre-health programs can become certified health coaches, working with patients in their homes on weekly rotations to promote wellness. The program is the result of an expanded partnership between Earlham’s Center for Global Health and Reid Health.


New campus organization for underrepresented students pursuing health professions

In collaboration with Earlham’s Center for Global Health, two students have established a new organization in support of underrepresented students pursuing careers in health professions.

Kendra Parker ’21 and Tyrique Richardson ’21 are president and vice president, respectively, of Earlham’s chapter of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), a program of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).

Kendra Parker and Tyrique Richardson

Get Advice

Earlham graduates have a 90 percent acceptance rate to medical school and other health-related graduate programs. Here, you will receive expert advising to help prepare for a career in any of the health professions, and you will create an e-portfolio that will track your progress even after graduation. In recent years, our pre-health advising program has helped graduates gain admission to such top schools as the University of Chicago, Dartmouth and Harvard.

Gain Research Experience

Immerse yourself in health-focused internships and research experiences. Earlham offers you incredible opportunities to participate in high-level research as part of the undergraduate experience. Students regularly collaborate with Earlham professors and take part in summer opportunities at major research institutions.

Think Globally

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At Earlham, you will have opportunities to explore important health issues from multiple perspectives and through the lenses of various disciplines. You will also have the chance to learn about these issues first hand during one of our off-campus programs and to engage in research and advocacy related to key challenges the world is facing. Each year, the Center sponsors an International EPIC Term engaging students in medical exposure and public health service. These immersive and culturally enriching experiences have been based in Peru and Costa Rica.

Volunteer Service Opportunity

The Health Externship program is designed to allow Earlham students to integrate into the wider Wayne County area and volunteer or job shadow with health care providers. Students who are interested in the pre-health field can find either a volunteer or job shadowing opportunity in numerous medical/clinical settings including pre-veterinary with Animal Care Alliance, pre-physical therapy with Cutting Edge Physical Therapy, or pre-medicine with Reid Health as well as many other providers. The placements can be personalized to best suit student interests and career discernment. Since the inauguration of the program in 2015, students have completed more than 5,000 volunteering/job shadowing hours.

Ready to Lead

At Earlham, you will have many opportunities to develop leadership skills — serving as a peer mentor, collaborating with a professor on research, engaging as an intern or extern or joining the student Health Club and chapters of American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the Future Health Professionals (HOSA).

Abhay Chaudhary ’20 earned the first-place prize for his mastery of medical terminology among aspiring medical professionals. His top score came during the 2018 Future Health Professionals (HOSA) international conference in Dallas, Texas. In spring 2019, Chaudhary also swept three competitions during HOSA’s Indiana conference.

Abhay Chaudhary

Integrated Pathways Program

At Earlham, you can go beyond a traditional major by creating a career-focused Applied Minor and perhaps choosing a minor in a health field. The practical experience that students gain at Earlham has helped recent graduates find work in laboratories at the National Institutes of Health and the Schepens Eye Institute (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School). Others have gone directly to top graduate programs, with several earning Pre-Doctoral Fellowships from National Science Foundation.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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