Study Abroad in Barcelona

Barcelona is a city on the northeastern coast of Spain. It is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, as well as the second-most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the province of Barcelona and is home to around 4.8 million people. It is one of the largest metropolises on the Mediterranean Sea, located on the coast between the mouths of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, bounded to the west by the Serra de Collserola mountain range.

Pre-Clerkship Elective for undergraduate and medical students

OST 696: Global Health: Spain- Pre- Clinical Observation, Culture and Medicine (3 credits)

Dates: June 02 – June 10, 2024, 1 week program

Spend a week exploring Barcelona with a side visit to Girona. This program offers a focus on clinical shadowing, migrant health, travelers health and understanding- benefits and cons- of the public health care system. Program clinical areas of focus include: Emergency Rooms, Operating Rooms, Intensive Care Units, General Medicine , Oncology, Pediatric Cardiology, Radiology and Imaging, Research, Physical Therapy.

Immigration to Spain increased significantly in the beginning of the 21st century representing 1.6% of the total population in 1998 and jumping in 2023 to represent 17.23% of the Spanish Population (Wikipedia, paras.1). Spain has been in the headlines of several research articles (Vazquez, Nunez,Rodriguez, Lizana, 2011; Mladovsly, Rechel, Ingleby, McKee, 2012; Feliu, Larranaga, Diaz, 2016) as one of the European countries whose healthcare system actually is inclusive of migrant population health and has the pressure support of its citizens to continue like that despite government reforms in early 2000’s trying to limit access to health care and diminishing quality of public care services to taxpayers ( Quigley, Pajin, Fanjul, Urdaneta, Mckee,2018).

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  • Undergraduate students or MS in Global Health students at Michigan State University.
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively

Students must apply through Michigan State’s Office of Study Abroad.


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

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 as the 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.