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World Changers Shaped Here


Undergraduate Global Health interns Dylan DeMuth and Kaitlin Ostling are hard at work adapting a motivational intervention, created by Dr. Eric Bing, for wider application and implementation. Though the intervention was originally pioneered for increasing the motivation, purpose, and engagement among Global Health Corps fellows, in process of application, Dr. Bing noticed that his program had potential to move beyond its original path. Both interns are currently in the process of modifying the intervention for new and innovative circumstances.

Dylan, a senior, majoring in Biochemistry and Economics with Financial Applications, is currently researching and designing an experiment to see if his modifications can be applied to a class course in which incoming freshmen at Southern Methodist University will participate.

College is a huge transition period. Often incoming students can feel lost in the shuffle. Dylan hopes that his changes to the program will allow students to experience increased motivation, self-efficacy, and academic achievement.

 Kaitlin, a senior Health & Society major, is concerned with adapting the intervention so that it can apply to students and other individuals who suffer from attention difficulties such as ADHD. She is currently reconciling the program to current treatments used by these individuals. Though regular ADHD medications can help reduce the symptoms and biological bases of the learning difference, often they are not enough to significantly improve overall well-being and functioning.

One can give a man a sailboat, but without teaching him how to sail he will simply have a floating device. Similarly, one can treat the underlying aspects of ADHD but without giving them the technical and motivational tools to succeed, they will never reach their full potential. Kaitlin and Dr. Bing will be implementing the modified program this upcoming semester in a pilot study to test their hypothesis that the intervention program, in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, will result in significant improvements in all areas of their lives. 


The SMU Center for Global Health Impact is where world changers are shaped. Our center cultivates students as global citizens through professional development, service opportunities and experimental learning that is unique to global health. These opportunities go beyond the classroom by engaging students from all academic and demographic backgrounds to provide real-world solutions to critical real-world challenges. Such opportunities can be found through our internship programs, research projects, and courses.

SMU Students with Zambian children

What they are saying:

Traveling to Zambia augmented my classroom learning and focused my professional goals. The experience, from speaking to local workers to government officials, ignited my passion for global health and catalyzed my dreams. 

 - Prithvi Rudrappa (Class of 2015)

The team at the Center for Global Health Impact tailored my internship to my interests and challenged me with the autonomy to take charge of projects, allowing me to develop skills applicable to my future career path.
- Anna Norkett (Class of 2016)



Center for Global Health Impact Internships

We are currently accepting applications for interns interesting in working in global health. Internships are offered for an academic year and for summer. 

We are seeking professional, dependable, and enthusiastic student interns to support global health efforts at SMU and those affiliated with the George W. Bush Institute. Grounded in research, we work collaboratively to develop practical solutions that can improve the health of impoverished people around the world. We seek to create measurable and sustainable impact by incubating innovative ideas and developing low-cost, high-efficiency strategies to global health challenges.

To apply, email your resume and a completed application form to Dr. Radhika Rajgopal at

Complete details and application here.

External Internships

Unite for Sight Volunteer Opportunities


Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India.

(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

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Featured Research Projects
Low Vietnamese Breast Cancer Screening in Women: Situational or Cultural Factors?

Future physician Janice Kim (Class of 2015) was a Global Health intern in the Summer of 2014.  Through a project she conducted her freshman year as a Richter Research Fellow, she assessed the health and breast cancer literacy of women in Vietnam. Janice has continued her research through the SMU Engaged Learning Program.We are currently accepting applications for interns interesting in working in Global Health during the summer 2014 and the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Featured Majors & Programs

Health and Society Major

This new interdisciplinary major is for students interested in the practice and study of medicine in global and cultural contexts. The Health and Society Major will provide future professionals the critical thinking skills, awareness of the complexity of global health care systems, and the skill sets for recognizing the social and economic variables that create patterns of disease.

Pre-Health Program

The Pre-Health Program offered through the Dedman School of Humanities & Science is a preparation program supporting students pursuing admission to graduate-level professional programs. It provides a path to ensure that students are ready and eligible for admission into the health professional school of their choice.

Featured Courses

ANTH 2301 (3). INTRODUCTORY CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. Basic theories and methods of cultural anthropology. Explores variations in cultural values, social practices, religion, rules of law, etc., in different cultures around the world. Focuses on understanding the forces that shape cultures and societies, and how they adapt to a rapidly changing world.

ANTH 3301/CFB 3301/SOCI 3301 (3). HEALTH, HEALING AND ETHICS: CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON SICKNESS AND SOCIETY. A cross-cultural exploration of cultures and organization of medical systems, economic development and the global exportation of biomedicine, and ethical dilemmas associated with medical technologies and global disparities in health.

ANTH 3306 (3). INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. Provides an overview of methods and topics in medical anthropology, which is an interdisciplinary field that explores health, illness, and systems of healing through holistic and cross-cultural study. Case studies from a diversity of human societies and cultures around the globe are used to challenge assumptions of student understandings. Introduces major theoretical paradigms and professional issues within the field.

ANTH 3348/HRTS 3348/CFB 3348 (3). HEALTH AS A HUMAN RIGHT. This course examines the concept of human rights critically, with an eye for cross-cultural variation and a particular focus on rights that are health-related.

ANTH 4303 (3). POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HEALTH. Course explores topics in health and healing from a political economy perspective. Addresses social and economic factors influencing culture change, health and healing practices within a society. Examines health inequities around the globe. Prerequisites:  ANTH 2301, ANTH 3301 or approval by instructor.

ANTH 4305 (3). APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY. The application of anthropological theories and methods to problems in contemporary societies, including global business, community development, health care issues, agricultural/environmental programs, urban planning, tourism projects and education policy. Prerequisites:  Advanced standing and ANTH 2301 (or permission of instructor for nonanthropology majors)

ANTH 4307 (3). GLOBAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH. Provides an overview of issues in international health, with a focus on contributions of anthropology and anthropologists to international public health issues. Prerequisites:  Advanced standing and ANTH 2301 (or permission of instructor for nonanthropology majors).

ANTH 4343 (3). BIOMEDICINE, CULTURE, AND POWER. Examines the epistemology and history of biomedicine, medical bureaucracy, professionalism, medical education, alternative and popular medicine, economics, and health care.

ANTH 5336 (3). HEALTH IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE. Cross-cultural study of the cultural construction and social organization of medical systems in preindustrial and industrialized societies, including the political economy of health, ethnomedicine, international health, ethnopharmacology, and bioethics.Prerequisite:  ANTH 2301 or 3301, or permission of instructor.

BIOL 3365 (3). CANCER BIOLOGY. Emphasis on the molecular features of oncogenesis and human cancers, including carcinogenesis, metastasis, and roles of genetic mutations and chromosomal aberrations during neoplasia. Prerequisite:  C- or better in BIOL 3350.

CHEM 5398 (3). MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. This course will highlight the close relationships of organic chemistry and biochemistry with the field of medicine. The course will rely on the departmental computational laboratory to permit three-dimensional visualization of molecular interactions. Three hours of lecture each week.Prerequisites:  CHEM 3371 and 3372.

ECO 5320 (3). HEALTH ECONOMICS. An introduction to the economics of health and health care policies and how they have affected the structure, function, and cost-effectiveness of the health care industry, principally in the United States. Prerequisites:  C- or better in ECO 3301.

PSYC 3360 (3). HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. A basic introduction to the subject. Topics include causes and correlates of health, illness, and dysfunction, as well as the interplay of emotions, cognitions, and behavioral and/or physical factors. Prerequisites:  PSYC 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.

APSM 4349 (3). HEALTH CARE: FROM POLICY TO PRACTICE. Explores the development and transformation of health care policy and the environmental factors that influence the delivery of health care services. Also, financial, economical, and operational issues related to health care.

CEE 5353 (3). ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY. Introduction to the science of epidemiology. Design and conduct of studies examining health effects of environmental exposures. Strengths and limitations of research strategies and interpretation of study results. Areas of interest include air and water pollution, lead, and biological marker outcomes.