Welcome!

Welcome to the Admissions section of the Medical School for International Health!

The MSIH offers a four year, American-style MD degree, with a focus on global health. 

What is global health? Global Health education prepares physicians to achieve optimal health by addressing the cultural, economic, political and enviromental factors that impact the health of individuals and populations.  This training in global health issues increases sensitivity towards the culturally diverse populations in one's own community and prepares physicians to work in interational settings during times of disaster or war.  In addition, physicians are prepared to work with limited resources and learn to optimize their resources.

Global Health education prepares students to work in cross-cultural settings, familiarize themselves with other healthcare systems and to work with medically-underserved communities.

Do you have the necessary coursework needed to apply?

Applicants must complete a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.


We require one year of physics, one year of biology, and two years of chemistry, one of which must be organic chemistry with labs and lectures.  Other optional recommendations include genetics and developmental biology.


Students from countries where the MCAT is offered must submit MCAT scores obtained within the preceding four years, along with their AAMC number. Applicants who are residents of countries where the MCAT is not offered may submit equivalent alternatives as approved by the school.

The student profile for the entering class of 2012 had an MCAT average of 30, and an average GPA of 3.54.


Students who have completed a master’s degree in public health (MPH) are encouraged to apply.
Applications are also accepted from students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a non-science major if they have completed the necessary prerequisites for the study of medicine. (see above)


Students who lack the required premedical courses may consider applying to Columbia University’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program.


Individuals with degrees from universities where the language of instruction is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within one year of the application date.

Scholarships are available; you must submit your completed application, including all transcripts, MCAT score, and letters of recommendation, by February 1, 2013, in order to be eligible to apply for any scholarship.  Click here for more information.

Want more information on the curriculum?  Click here to visit the curriculum pages for each year.

Graduates place in highly-regarded medical institutions in residency programs in the United States and Canada, and are expected to make significant contributions to global health through clinical work, policy development and medical education.  You can view the residency placments from 2002-2012 by clicking here.


Need more information? Email us at bgcu-md@columbia.edu or call 212-305-9587 to speak to an Admissions coordinator.

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