Global Health at Georgetown

Explore how global challenges such as poverty, gender, and climate change affect health worldwide

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Georgetown University

Program Highlights

Investigate and solve global health challenges through hands-on projects including outbreak investigations
Explore how global challenges such as poverty, gender, and climate change affect health worldwide
Recognize historical and current major disease outbreak patterns and identify strategies for the prevention and control of disease
Learn from experts in the field to explore the variety of academic and career options within global health
Public Health Faculty

Residential Price: $4,998 USD

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD

Commuter Price: $2,498 USD


Early July: July 14 - July 26, 2019


Georgetown neighborhood
Washington, DC


  • I loved this program. It fueled my passion for medicine and opened my mind to the world of public health.

    Lam N.

Course Overview

Health is central to who we are and how we function. Consider how poverty, gender, climate change, and corporate environments affect health worldwide and how justice can enhance global health. Learn from leaders in the field to explore the variety of career and academic options available in the field of global health. Think deeper about the broader implications of health as a human right.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

Meet your instructor


Laura Rapaport, M.P.H.

Laura is a recent graduate of Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has a unique multidisciplinary background in public health, anthropology, and innovation. As a consultant with Save The Children, she designed and conducted a root cause analysis using the World Bank Approach for Health System Reform on the mental health challenges facing stranded refugee and migrant children in Athens, Greece. In addition, she has conducted research identifying barriers to HIV treatment adherence for preventing mother-to child transmission (PMTCT) for pregnant and postpartum women in Africa.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Consider health issues locally and globally and think critically about how to solve them using community resources and technology. Work to solve global health challenges by turning everyday materials into life-saving innovative devices. Then, put your skills to the test in a disease outbreak simulation where you will work against the clock to discover the cause of a rapidly spreading epidemic and stop it in its tracks.

Public Health - Hands-On

Real World Insights

During this global health program you will learn from professionals in the field about current approaches to promoting health, preventing disease, and helping communities in need around the world. Gain an understanding of how unequal patterns of resource distribution affects the health of populations globally and learn important steps required for the prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Public Health - real world insight

Career Exploration

Meet with successful professionals and experts in the field to learn more about careers and jobs, and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn firsthand what it’s like to work through global challenges to enhance access to healthcare for all humans, regardless of background. Students will get a clearer sense of their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for personal growth. This insight helps students reflect on which areas within the field of global health is a good fit for them.


Instructor - Courses are taught by accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.

Curriculum Advisor - While instructors vary each year, the Curriculum Advisors ensure continuity in our curriculum. This course was designed by Dr. Enrique Valdespino. Most recently, Dr. Valdespino has been recruited by Doctors Without Borders to provide medical care where it is most needed, and is awaiting mission placement. Dr. Valdespino graduated from Harvard Medical School with a Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery.

Public Health Faculty

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