Training & Courses

International Health Training Opportunities for Medical Residents and Students 

There are several distinct International Health programs affiliated with the CWRU School of Medicine that involve faculty from the Center for Global Health and Diseases, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center.

Across the University

Students participating in individual academic programs will have an opportunity to expand their exposure to these other disciplines through an introductory Global Health course, INTH 401. Students may then use the resources of this program to apply their individual course of study to a specific area of Global Health through additional courses and/or with international experiences.

Within the Center 

Each year, 25 to 30 medical students travel abroad for study and research. Some students do this during the summer after their first year of study, the only scheduled break in the four-year curriculum; others take one or two months of senior year electives abroad. Most of these students travel to developing countries, and recent students have gone to many countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. More information regarding locations visited and possible overseas contacts can be found on the international experiences page.

The Center for Global Health & Diseases plays a major role in coordinating and arranging international student activities. The center has existing linkages with a number of overseas programs suitable for sponsored students, and about half of the students who go abroad use these opportunities. Other students initiate and plan their own programs; the center facilitates their efforts and sponsors them after their arrangements are complete. The center does not sponsor or facilitate international activities for students from other medical schools.

Funding for international student travel is limited. The CWRU Office of Student Affairs controls small endowment funds that provide awards for senior students. These awards typically are several hundred dollars. Students may obtain research fellowships from the Crile Fund, also administered by the Office of Student Affairs, and these fellowships may be used to pursue research overseas. First-year students in the primary care track may use their allotted funds from that program to undertake their required summer activities, which may be done at an appropriate international site. Finally, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health funds a limited number of fellowships for students during the summer following the first year, and these funds may be used for an appropriate international activity.

Travel fellowships are available for medical students and Family Medicine and Community Health residents at CWRU. For more information please contact:

Mori Morikawa, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor 
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
School of Medicine 
Case Western Reserve University 
10900 Euclid Avenue 
Cleveland, OH 44106-4950 
Phone: 216.844.3207 
Fax: 216.844.3799