Community and Global Health Honors Program

The Community and Global Health (CGH) Honors Program provides a four-year curricular foundation for service learning at the Stritch School of Medicine. Building on the success of the Ignatian Service Immersion (ISI) Program and the expansion of Public Health programming within the Health Sciences Division, the CGH Honors Program supports field experience and scholarly investigation for students who aspire to improve the health of vulnerable populations locally, nationally, and globally.


Application Process

Students interested in the CGH Honors Program should attend an interest meeting during fall of M1 year; the deadline for Program applications is in early January of M1 year. 


The CGH Honors Program begins in late January of M1 year. The Program builds upon existing lectures in the general curriculum, covering essential topics through seminars, discussion sessions, additional online modules, and other educational resources. Individual learning activities and events may vary from year to year but the progression of the program proceeds as follows:

  • Year 1: Introduction to Global Health Challenges;
  • Year 2: Case Studies in Global Health Challenges;
  • Year 3: Integration of Clinical Experience and Global Health;
  • Year 4: Culmination of Field Experience and Scholarly Project.


Graduating with CGH Honors requires completion of the following Program components by April of M4 year:

  • 16 Seminar Series events;
  • 12 weeks of Field Experience;
  • Scholarly Project.
Field Experience

The required Field Experience is achieved through local and/or international community service immersion approved by the CCGH. Local immersion experience may include:

  • Full-time service with a local community organization during the summer of M1 year;
  • Local underserved elective courses offered by the CCGH;
  • Other qualifying part-time service with a local community organization undertaken across the duration of the Program.

International immersion experience may include:

Scholarly Project

CGH Honors students are required to complete a Scholarly Project over the course of the Program. The Scholarly Project should focus on addressing underserved populations locally or globally through community engagement and must involve a Faculty Mentor. Students typically identify a Project by M1 or M2 year and then present a scientific poster at the CGH Honors graduation celebration.  

CGH Honors students are also encouraged and supported to present their work at national conferences. Past students have presented their Projects at national conferences such as the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Latino Medical Student Association regional conferences, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference, among others. 

CGH Honors Poster Examples