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International Activities

Photo by Anthony DeCarlo
Dean Nancy J. Brown welcomed first-year medical student Brian Fleischer to the profession in a special White Coat Ceremony in January 2021. Fleischer, who completed his first semester in Ghana, couldn’t join his class for the August ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The School of Medicine is an active partner in fulfilling Yale’s international goals, which include preparing students for international leadership and service, attracting the most talented students and scholars to Yale from around the world, and positioning Yale as a global university of consequence. Faculty members conduct research abroad, teach, and design courses in global health. Their work runs the gamut from molecular studies at the nanoscale to the analysis of social networks in disease transmission and prevention, to the improvement of health care systems.


Among the programs spanning the institution are:

  • Office of Global Health Education, facilitates the placement of Yale medical students in global clinical electives at sites in Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Jamaica, South Africa, Thailand, and Uganda, and the U.S. (rural sites in Appalachia and on the Navajo Nation in Arizona as well as in free clinics in New Haven and San Francisco). The office also administers the Visiting International Student Electives Program.
  • Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship supports students who undertake health-related research, primarily in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Yale/Stanford—Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars sponsors rotations abroad for Yale house staff and physicians from other institutions, who travel to six sites in Africa and Asia.

Collaborations & Partnerships

  • Yale Institute for Global Health is a university-wide effort led by the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health that serves as the focal point for research, education, and engagement with global partners to improve the health of individuals and populations worldwide.
  • Yale Office of International Affairs offers support to faculty in establishing and maintaining collaborations abroad, drawing on existing relationships on six continents. It maintains an online faculty research database.
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology is a partnership that provides support for the exchange of students, fellows, and faculty in such areas as cancer, immunology, neuroscience, and public health.

By the Numbers

International Students at Yale
Program Percentage
MD 9.3%
MPH 33%
PhD (Sciences) 30%

Yale Students & Trainees Abroad11
11 Data refer to the 2015-16 academic year.
12 Due to COVID travel restrictions, some students worked remotely with agencies abroad, some did U.S.-based internships, while others worked abroad in their home countries (unable to return due to COVID travel restrictions).
Program Total
MD (international sites) 25
MD (domestic sites) 7
Downs Fellows 4
Yale/Stanford J&J Scholars 35
Visiting MD Students at Yale From other nations 51