Summer Virtual Immersion Program

Program Overview

Immerse yourself in various global health perspectives in innovative practice, research and advocacy initiatives. This program will kick off with the U-M School of Nursing Global Summer Institute May 11-13, where you will hear from keynote speakers and join skills sessions to gain practical tips designed to advance your academic, professional and personal engagement with global health — see itinerary below for details.

Through May and June, join the weekly Global Health Coffee and Conversation Series that brings lived perspectives from different cultures and health systems in various fields in health, from maternal health to mental health, community care, access and changing systems. These are designed to be interactive conversations where students can strengthen their understanding in various fields of global health. Students are required to complete a reflection paper, which can be showcased and/or presented at the U-M School of Nursing Global Fair in the fall.

Program dates (all virtual):

  • U-M School of Nursing Global Summer Institute: May 11-13
  • U-M School of Nursing Global Tuesday Coffee Conversations: May 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 15, 22

Program Objectives

  • Fulfillment of the global health immersion requirement.
  • Explore global interconnectedness and interdependence.
  • Analyze how health is affected by cultural, political, historical and socioeconomic contexts.  
  • Learn about the connection between research, practice and policy and how programs are designed.  
  • Recognize and become critically reflective on your own perspectives, cultural origins and practices.
  • Develop intercultural skills for collaborative relationships in community engagement.
  • Share your reflection with peers on campus.

Academic Requirements

No course registration is required, and this is not a for-credit program. If you would like to take it for credit, you may enroll for an independent study and would be responsible for identifying prereadings, leading Q&A sessions and presenting a session at the Global Fair (2 credits).

Program costs

U-M School of Nursing Global Summer Institute registration fee: $25 for students. There are no other fees/costs unless the student would like to enroll in an independent study course for credit. If taking for credit, Summer Institute registration fee is waived.

Registration deadline:

The deadline to register for both the U-M School of Nursing Summer Virtual Immersion Program (e.g., the U-M School of Nursing Global Health Coffee and Conversations Series) and the Global Summer Institute is April 30, 2021 (You will receive a confirmation message that you are enrolled to fulfill your global health immersion requirement once both registrations are confirmed.)

  • Register for the U-M School of Nursing Summer Virtual Immersion Program here.
  • Register for the U-M School of Nursing Summer Institute here.

Please note: Students interested in the credit option must register for both sessions above and contact Beste Windes at by April 20. 


U-M School of Nursing Global Summer Institute

(See detailed Summer Institute agenda here)

May 11, 2021

8-8:45 a.m. – "Maternal Health Equity: Birthing the Future Together" with Leseliey Welch

9-10:30 a.m. – Skills Session #1: "Career Cartography: A Strategic Approach to Planning Your Career" with Marie-Anne Rosemberg and Michelle Munro-Kramer

9-10:30 a.m. – Skills Session #2: "Information Empowerment: Information Seeking & Data Resources in the Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Context" with Gurpreet Rana

May 12, 2021

8-8:45 a.m. – "Understanding Sexual and Reproductive Health Indicators" with Rob Stephenson

9-10:30 a.m. – Skills Session #1: "Data Quality for Sexual and Reproductive Health" with Rob Stephenson

9-10:30 a.m. – Skills Session #2: "Ethical Conduct of Research" with Erin Kahle

May 13, 2021

8-8:45 a.m. – "Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy" with Deborah Armbruster

9-10:30 a.m. – Skills Session #1: "Using Media to Communicate Research and Program Findings" with Daniel Rivkin

9-10:30 a.m. – Skills Session #2: "Managing Data Quality: Before, During and After Study Conduct" with Akshay Sharma

10:30-noon – Panel: "Reflections on the Year of the Nurse and Midwife: Challenges and Future Opportunities" with Deena Costa, Sue Anne Bell, Sheria Robinson-Lane and Megan Eagle

U-M School fo Nursing Tuesday Morning Coffee and Conversations in Global Health

May 18, 2021, 8-9 a.m.
Intan Batubara: “Community-based Mental Health Interventions in Indonesia”

May 25, 2021, 8-9 a.m.
Seda Saluk: “Maternal Care, Medical Surveillance, & Vaccine Hesitancy in Turkey”

June 1, 2021, 8-9 a.m.
Marie Klingberg-Allvin: “Midwifery in Sweden; Collaborations in Somaliland”

June 8, 2021, 8-9 a.m.
Vero Dzomeku: "Respectful Care; Changing the Structures/System/Custom/Attitudes, Ghana”

June 15, 2021, 8-9 a.m.
Rigan Louis and Danta Bien-Aimé: “Access to Healthcare in Haiti”

June 21, 2021, 8-9 a.m.
Marinilda Rivera Díaz: "HIV, Migrations and Human Rights: International Perspectives"