In 1996, in affiliation with Columbia University's Health Sciences Division, the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev instituted a four-year medical degree program to graduate doctors with special skills in primary care and community, preventive, and population-based medicine. The Medical School for International Health is a four year, North American-style medical school that incorporates global health coursework into all four years of the medical school curriculum. The mission of the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is to address the need for medical education that focuses on the interface between global health and community and preventive medicine. Admission is open to exceptional individuals of all nationalities who wish to prepare themselves for careers in global health and population-based medicine. The MSIH seeks outstanding students with the academic preparation, maturity, and commitment to master a rigorous medical school curriculum and to benefit from the demands and opportunities associated with graduate study within the diverse cultural environment of Israel.
The first three years of instruction take place in Israel, beginning with the full-year Introduction to Global Health. Fourth-year clinical electives take place at Columbia University Medical Center, its affiliated hospitals, and other locations in North America. Fourth-year students take an eight-week clerkship with an underserved community at approved sites throughout the world. Students are prepared to take the USMLE Steps 1 and 2, and complete residencies in the United States and Canada.
The MSIH is recognized by the United States Department of Education and is fully accredited by the ECFMG.
Undergraduate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. MCAT scores. Three letters of recommendation. One year of physics, one year of biology, and two years of chemistry, one of which must be organic chemistry with labs and lectures.
International Student Requirements:
Students who do not speak English as a first language must submit a TOEFL score.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: Yes