Our Health Electives in Kenya for international students in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences offer a variety of preclinical, clinical, global health and research opportunities at Kenyan hospitals and host organizations. Placements are tailored to your qualifications and interests. Clinical rotations are particularly available to final-year medical students who desire to meet their medical school elective abroad requirements.
Host sites include university teaching hospitals, other select urban and rural hospitals and health centers, as well as NGOs and public health-related government institutions.
Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks).
- Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
- Work with local colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
- Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on development and nation building.
- Explore the progress and challenges towards development of a leading African success story.
- Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.
This course enables students to develop and apply their theoretical and practical knowledge in a supervised placement experience. Qualified students are placed with a local hospital or organization in one of various fields, including, among others, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, allied health, oral health or mental health. Students are matched with host organizations according to their level of study, existing skills and desired fields. A specific placement plan is developed in advance of each stay. Students benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting. After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify professional and personal values, strengths and interests
- Describe disease processes, gender disparity, transitional epidemiology and emerging health issues
- Develop realistic diagnostic and management plans for local patients
- Appreciate how culture influences patients’ perspectives on health, disease, and the healing process
- Demonstrate strong communication and interactive skills for dealing with patients and other members of the health care team
- Discuss societal and environmental issues as they affect specific patient groups
The interdisciplinary training focuses on cultural intelligence (CQ), the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), storytelling, and career development with special emphasis on international careers and networking.
Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Clinical rotations are available to final year students only. Professionals are welcome to apply as well.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (40%)
- Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
- Placement report (15%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
1 credit per 50 hours is available from our main U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
From rugged hills and montane forests to endless savannah plains, Kenya offers incredible physical diversity. Since its independance in 1963, the country is recognized as the powerhouse of East Africa, at the forefront of innovation and new technology and services.
The course gateway is Nairobi. The city offers visitors the intersection of Africa, where you can watch the wildlife of the continent wander on a savanna that’s set against the skyline backdrop of this enormous and growing metropolis. From modern museums to elephant rescue, from international corporate headquarters to impoverished slums, the “Green City in the Sun” truly has it all.
Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.
- Placement and supervision at a host organization
- Pre-placement orientation
- Weekly interdisciplinary training session (typically first four weeks)
- Weekly meeting with the internship supervisor
- Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
- Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
- 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff
Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, academic credits, personal expenses and other extras.
1 academic credit per 50 hours is available at an additional fee of US $125 per credit from the U.S. academic school of record, The College of New Jersey, under a Community Field Experience.
Esther, a Kenyan native, is the main coordinator for clinical rotations and other health placements in Kenya. She is a counselling psychologist and professional trainer by profession and coordinated a regional counseling center and training institute prior to joining GEI. She is known in Kenya due to various TV appearances on national TV stations NTV and K24, where she offers professional views on issues such as effective parenting, dealing with trauma, loss & grief, and sexual abuse issues.
(minimum 4 weeks)
Starting at US $2,390
- 4-week placement: US $2,390
- Every additional week: US $390
1 credit per 50 hours
- Program flyer: PDF download