Global Health Professional Practice Application Process
How to Apply:
Please review the steps involved in obtaining a Global Health Professional Practice Placement as outlined in the Application Process Form
Global Health Application Form
Students in the accelerated stream may contact the academic advisor to confirm course credit eligibility. Once approved they may only apply for Fall placements. These students may be able to take NURSING 4H03 in the Spring/Summer term and must attend the pre-departure workshop during the month of April.
Note: There will be NO exceptions to the deadlines listed in the application process form. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their file is complete.
Please send application in one email to Mediha Kadic, Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will also be accepted by hardcopy if submitted in-person to Mediha Kadic during the following times prior to the deadline: Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 in HSC 2J36.
What to consider when selecting your Global Health Professional Practice Placement
Questions to consider:
- What do you hope to gain, learn or give? How do you expect this experience will influence your career?
- Do you want to challenge yourself with a unique and professionally enriching opportunity?
- Which setting do you primarily want to experience: hospital, clinic, community or public health?
- Do you want to learn about diseases or health problems that aren’t found in Southern Ontario?
- Do you hope to gain experience in a different culture, language, or population than your own? Is there a specific culture, language or other population group with whom you wish to work?
- Does the setting you are interested in have the necessary people and infrastructure to support your learning activities and to meet the course objectives?
- Have you spoken with someone who has worked in the setting or one similar to where you want to go?
- What personal strengths and challenges will you take to this placement?
Your placement should meet the following criteria:
- Be in a low- or middle-income country (preferably). If you are unsure, please contact a member of the GHEC to discuss the feasibility of your placement.
Note: If your focus is on indigenous peoples’ health, you can choose an outpost placement within Canada or select a rural setting with a large indigenous focus in a high-income country (e.g., Australia, New Zealand, etc.).
- Be preferably in a community setting to explore the role of the nurse in primary health care. Placements within Canada may have another focus, but rationale should be provided in the LOI (see application process form).
- Be able to accommodate your visit for the entire semester (Summer or Fall term).
- Be able to provide a registered nurse as preceptor who:
- has experience in the field;
- has preferably a BScN or equivalent degree;
- speaks English and the language of care;
- is willing to assess you at midterm and end-of-term; and
- is able to facilitate learning experiences.
Housing and Transportation
Your discussions with your host organization should address the availability of safe and affordable accommodation near your clinical setting, as well as transportation arrangements.
Access to Internet with reasonable bandwidth is necessary to facilitate communication with your tutor at McMaster.
Note: There will be NO exceptions to the deadlines listed below. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their file is complete.
Students in the accelerated stream may contact the academic advisor to confirm course credit eligibility. Once approved they may only apply for Fall placements. These students may be able to take N4H03 in the Spring/Summer term and must attend the pre-departure workshop during the month of April.