Arnhold Institute for Global Health


The Education Team at the Arnhold Institute, directed by Renee Bischoff, MPH, MSW, is dedicated to training the next generation of global health leaders. By providing interdisciplinary tools, the Arnhold Institute prepares trainees to be global change agents equipped to improve the health of populations and communities worldwide. Through a variety of innovative programs, the education team offers tailored educational opportunities for students and physicians both in the classroom and in the field at domestic and international partner sites.

Read about what these students are doing to impact global health.

Core Principles

Arnhold Institute trainees receive a tailored and personal approach to global health learning that ensures long-lasting and far-reaching impact. All programs are built upon the Arnold Institute’s core principles of innovation and customization, strong mentorship, and ethics of engagement.

Innovation and Customization

The current age of advanced technology and global connectivity provides new opportunities for education and engagement in global health. Programming focuses on interactive, experiential, and customized learning. The Arnhold Institute engages trainees in the design of institute programs, encouraging them to think beyond the typical academic framework. Our goal is to provide our trainees with the resources, knowledge, and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing field of global health.

Strong Mentorship

Trainees participating in advanced global health programs and field placements receive dedicated mentorship from a Mount Sinai faculty mentor. These mentors bring a range of experience and resources to their roles, from NIH-funded research to backgrounds in public health programming and clinical care in post-disaster settings. Trainees work one-on-one with their faculty mentors to identify and implement individualized learning plans. While in the field, many trainees will be visited by their Mount Sinai mentor for in-person supervision and support, in addition to receiving mentorship from a local supervisor.

Ethics of Engagement

An emphasis on self-awareness, sensitivity to cultural and social context, participatory methods, and ethics informs the Arnhold Institute’s educational approach. The curriculum highlights human rights and advocacy as a cornerstone of global engagement, and strives to instill a sense of responsibility to a global community among trainees. In field partnerships, dependence on external donors and research agendas are minimized, enabling trainees to respond directly to the needs of community partners.

More Information

For more detailed information, resources, and educational program applications offered through the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, visit the Global Health Blackboard (Mount Sinai trainees only).

Others may contact the Global Health Education Team by emailing education program coordinator, Farah Khan.

The Arnhold Institute for Global Health provides awards for first-year medical students to participate in a summer research project at one of the institute’s Global Health partner sites. These summer experiences entail 8 to 10 weeks of field work during which students collaborate with the local partner organization to complete a scholarly project. Projects could include the design, implementation, or evaluation of a public health program, a quality improvement study for a healthcare delivery system, or a health needs assessment in a partner community. Students selected for the summer program will be matched with a research mentor at Mount Sinai and will work over the winter and spring to design their research in collaboration with their field-partner organization. Students undertaking global health summer projects will receive funding for travel, accommodations, and project-related expenses.

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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai commits core curricular time to teaching global health content. This reflects Mount Sinai’s belief that all medical graduates should be aware of local and global disparities in health care access and health outcomes, be conscious of populations that are disproportionately vulnerable to disparities, and understand their own roles in improving the health of these populations--whether in New York City or abroad.

InFocus sessions are mandatory, week-long immersion experiences where students hear from global health thought leaders. The curriculum includes New York City-based field trips and small group learning sessions to explore topics critical to medical practice and biomedical research in a globalized world. The Arnhold Institute for Global Health collaborates with experts from across the Mount Sinai Health System and across New York to design and deliver the curriculum for all InFocus sessions.

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The Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars program is an advancedGlobal Health track for a select number of medical students that leverages the learning resources of GLG Social Impact and GLG Institute to provide an innovative, customized educational experience for the next generation of global health leaders. GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group) is the world’s largest membership network for one-on-one professional learning, comprising more than 425,000 thought leaders and practitioners.

GLG scholar engagement begins in the first year of medical school and extends throughout the students’ time at Mount Sinai. In year one, each scholar partners with dedicated Arnhold Institute faculty and GLG Research leadership to articulate their unique interests and goals, and to create  individualized learning plans. These tailored learning plans include high-impact interactions with experts across GLG’s global membership and catalytic learning opportunities through professional development workshops. Through this program, scholars gain access to an expansive professional network, expert topical guidance, and diverse input on global health-related projects and career goals.

Application eligibility for Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars: all first year medical students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai can apply. The application is competitive and preference will be given to students with a demonstrated commitment to global health and defined areas of interest.

For more detailed information about the Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars Program, Mount Sinai trainees can login to the Global Health Blackboard.

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