The Medical School for International Health is an English-language track in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was founded in 1969 with the aim to bring development to the Negev, a desert area comprising more than sixty percent of the country. The University was inspired by the vision of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region.
Today, Ben-Gurion University is a major center for teaching and research, with campuses in Beer-sheva, including the Marcus Family Campus, as well as in Eilat and Sede Boqer, where Ben-Gurion lived in his final years and is buried.
More than 18,000 students are enrolled in seven schools, including the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, which is a model for community-oriented and global medicine.
Ben-Gurion University Faculty of Health Sciences is comprised of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, the Medical School for International Health, the Recanati School for Community Health Professions (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Emergency Medicine), the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Continuing Medical Education, and the School of Medical Health Professions.
In addition, the university offers undergraduate programs in public health sciences and health systems management. Graduate programs are offered in basic health sciences, social sciences, health economics, public health, gerontology and epidemiology. The MSIH is accredited by the Israeli Council of Higher Education. The M.D. degree is awarded by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The Medical School for International Health is accredited by the New York State Board of Education. Fourth year medical students at the MSIH are approved by the New York State Department of Education to engage in clinical electives at Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliates.
In addition to classes at the Medical School, medical students gain insights into the diverse health needs of each of these communities through participation in outreach programs and clerkships at clinics throughout the Negev region. Additional clerkship opportunities are offered at hospitals in Ashkelon, Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel.
The Medical School for International Health is a member of:
- ASRAN (Israeli Medical Student Association in the Negev)
- AMSA (American Medical Students Association)
- GHEC (Global Health Education Consortium)
- Global Health Council
- (GHHS) Gold Humanism Honor Society
- The Health Policy Center Organization
- (WHO) The World Health Organization
- World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists