DO-Global Health Certificate

The College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for OMS-1 students with an interest in global health. The DO Global Health certificate, administered through the COM Global Health Studies program, runs concurrently with the DO program. No additional tuition is required, and upon completion, students will receive a certificate from COM, documentation in the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE), and special recognition at graduation.

Applications for the January 2025 cohort will be available soon. Further information regarding the upcoming application deadline will be provided here once the information is available.

Applications will be reviewed and individual admission interviews will be conducted by committee in the Global Health Studies Program.

The Global Health Studies Program in the College of Osteopathic Medicine will oversee track activities and issue the certificate. For questions, please contact Dr. Rebecca Malouin at or Wendi Winston at

The sequence of curricular and extracurricular activities is as follows:


Students will join IOMO (International Osteopathic Medical Organization), a student organization dedicated to promoting international medicine by presenting information to students during noontime talks and facilitating international education experiences.

OMS-II, OMS-III, or OMS-IV:  International Clinical Experience

Students will participate in one of the following international clinical experiences during their second, third, or fourth year.

  • FCM 660: International Pre-Clerkship Preceptorship
  • OST 686 Global Health: Mexico
  • OST 687 Global Health: Peru
  • OST 688 Global Health: Cuba
  • OST 689 Global Health: Haiti
  • OST 690 Global Health: Dominican Republic
  • OST 691 Global Health: Guatemala
  • OST 692 Global Health: Turkey
  • OST 693 Global Health: Korea
  • OST 694 Global Health: Nepal
  • OST 830 Independent Study in Global Health
  • OST 847 Public Health in Ghana: A One Health Perspective

OMS-II, OMS-III or OMM-IV:  Additional Course or Scholarly Activity

Students will select one (1) of the following options:

  • *OST 822: Introduction to Global Health Practice asynchronous course (3-credits; fall semesters)                            
  • *OST 821 - One Health—Transdisciplinary Collaborations to Global Health asynchronous course (3-credits, spring semesters)
  • FCM 590 – Medical Spanish OMS-II pre-clerkship elective
  • Complete an independent scholarly activity project and submit a poster to the MSUCOM Research Day on a topic or case related to global health. (May be done in conjunction with OST 599 - Biomedical Research Elective, OST 589 – Independent Study Elective, or as a project without enrollment in an elective)

*Students may complete this course in addition to DO program coursework during OMS-II in semesters 4, 5, or 6, or in OMS-IV in the fall or spring semester. The student must be able to manage pre-clerkship course or clerkship rotation responsibilities while enrolled in this course and may not be released from DO program rotations to complete work associated with this course. The student may also choose to enroll in this course during a period of academic extension or leave from the DO curriculum.