At the University of Michigan, nursing practice and global outreach begin on campus and extend around the world. We believe that global health is everywhere, abroad and in communities at home. That’s why UMSN faculty members and students engage in outreach through their practice, their research, and their education.

The UMSN Office of Global Affairs Winter 2019 newsletter is now available. Read the newsletter.

Outreach through practice

Clinical practice is an integral component of UMSN’s mission. A significant number of UMSN faculty members maintain an active nursing practice. Because of their engagement in this ever-evolving field, they are uniquely situated to help advance the nursing profession through the integration of practice, research, and education, and to model expert, innovative nursing care. The practice initiatives page shows the local and global locations where UMSN faculty practice.

Maternal health

Clinical practice and global work come together in the work faculty and students do to improve maternity care in different parts of the world. Dr. Jody Lori, associate dean for global affairs, works in Liberia and Zambia to improve maternal mortality rates, and the University of Michigan is a partner with Merck for Mothers in the Maternity Waiting Homes Alliance.

Global outreach

UMSN’s Office of Global Affairs works to facilitate and support student and faculty learning, research, and service all over the world.


Our mission is to support and expand a diverse community of global health leaders in the School of Nursing by creating collaborative opportunities for research, education, and practice. 


Our vision is to be the leader in advancing the impact of nursing and midwifery locally, nationally, and globally.

Global collaboration
See the international partnerships and activities of the School of Nursing and its faculty.

Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Collaborating Center
Information about the U-M School of Nursing as a designated PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center.

Going global for faculty
Provides initial insights into global health research and teaching opportunities as well as important sources of information for preparing to depart on a global experience.

Going global for students
Step-by-step instructions and guidance for students seeking to enrich their educational experience through study and service abroad.