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 Health Summer Institute May 10, 11, 12, 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 enroll for the program here to receive more information.

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 Health Summer Institute: May 10, 11, 12
  • U-M School of Nursing Global Tuesday Coffee Conversations: Dates May 17 - June 21, 2022 (Every Tuesday from 8 - 9:00 a.m.) 

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

Option 1:

No course registration is required. Please let us know you are interested in the virtual program here and register for the Summer Institute here.

Option 2:

If you would like to complete this virtual immersion for credit: Enroll in the HS530 for 1 credit in SP2022.

HS: 530: This one-credit elective course is designed to coincide with the School of Nursing's annual Global Health Summer Institute that takes place in May of each year. It will provide graduate students and upper-level undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills to work in interdisciplinary groups to solve real-world global health issues with domestic and international partners. Students will have the opportunity to network with practitioners, researchers, and professionals across the globe during the Summer Institute. Students will also develop the skills to think critically about local and global health issues including potential solutions to address issues at the individual, interpersonal, community or societal level that will contribute to an understanding of these issues that will be useful intellectually, personally, and professionally.

The credits earned in this program will apply to the Global Health Minor/Concentration and fulfill your global immersion experience requirement. If taking HS530, the $50 registration fee for the Summer Institute is waived. Please enroll in the virtual program here and we will contact you for a waiver. 

Program costs

U-M School of Nursing Global Summer Institute registration fee: $50 for students. There are no other fees/costs unless the student would like to enroll in the for-credit option. If taking for credit, the 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, 2022 (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.

Please note: Students interested in the credit option must register above and contact Beste Windes at by April 1, 2022. 


May 10 (8:15 - 11:00 a.m.)Various HIV & Mental Health
May 11 (8:15 - 11:00 a.m.)VariousObesity & Diabetes
May 12 (8:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)VariousCardiovascular
May 17Dr. Jacob AnankwareCultivating palm weevils as a food source for pregnant women in Liberia/Ghana
May 24Dr. Bill LopezHealth impacts of law enforcement violence or health service utilization among immigrants (and contributing factors)
May 31TBA 
June 7Dr. Lemlem BezaEmergency care: Pre-hospital and hospital care in Ethiopia (COVID-19 response in low-resource settings)
June 14Dr. Abdul-Aziz SeiduReproductive and sexual healthcare for women with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa
June 21Dr. Naruemol Singha-DongNon-communicable diseases, particularly hypertension, in Thailand


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"