Study Abroad in Korea

This trip has been cancelled for 2020 due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. For more information visit:

Pre-Clerkship Elective for second year COM Students

OST 693: Global Health: Korean Healthcare Delivery Systems (3 credits)

Dates: Summer Break 2020

Spend nearly a week exploring Korea for an enriching cultural and medical experience. Understanding healthcare in Korea is vital dear to their rapildy emerging economy and population. Korea has tropical regions that are heavily impacted by global warming and other wide spread public health issues such as smoking and IV use. This allows Korea to be a unique place to study.

For more information, please contact  Study Abroad Office of IGH.

William Cunningham DO, MHA currently serves as the Associate Dean for Global Health and the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in the formation and approval of the Masters in Global Health and Certificate program that will matriculate students in January of 2020. In his current capacity of Associate Dean, he is responsible for advocating on the behalf of the four health care colleges at MSU for the education, research and cultural awareness of their graduate students. Additionally, IGH provides Study Abroad programs, such a Dominican Republic, for pre-professional students interested in the delivery of health care in a global context.

Sung Soo Chung has worked for the Institute for Global Health since 2012. Chung has also worked for VIPP for more than 15 years and is responsible for new international higher education program development and implementation with Korea and other countries in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and North Africa.

South Korea

South Korea, an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula, shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea. It’s equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.

  • Undergraduate student at Michigan State OR first year medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) student at Michigan State University.
  • 2.5 GPA required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.

Please fill out both forms.

  • Fill out IGH application
  • Submit copy of first page of Passport to IGH
  • Submit copy of Immunization Record to IGH
  • Accepted students must also apply through Michigan State’s Office of Study Abroad, click here to apply online.

The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here