Building a Partnership in Northern Haiti:

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

The Republic of Haiti includes the western portion of the Island of Hispaniola located in the Caribbean between Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Haiti is a French-Creole speaking nation of 10.8 million people. It has a strained history following their independence on January 1, 1804. Since that time Haiti has been the product of travesty – domestic, foreign, and environmental. The country was most recently affected by the 2010 earthquake that displaced and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Still, Haiti has a unique beauty. Its people are determined and filled with spirit. They have a rich national heritage and a breathtaking island – with rising mountains falling into Caribbean waters.

Haiti – MSUCOM Partnership Elective

The Haiti – MSUCOM Partnership Elective is a developing collaboration with the community of Limonade and Milo in northern Haiti. This elective offers students the ability to develop clinical skills by seeing patients in a small rural clinic and shadowing physicians in Milo Hospital. Haiti has a unique and challenging culture that will provide students with a global perspective.

For more information, please contact igh@msu.edu.

  • First, Second, or Fourth year COM / CHM student at Michigan State University.
  • In good standing at the University
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.
  • Empathy toward extreme poverty.
  • French speaking preferred but not required

Please submit IGH’s Haiti application form via Qualtrics

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.