In support of Loma Linda University Health's international outreach mission, the Global Health Institute (GHI) collaborates with International Partner Sites to improve health around the world.
GHI provides international service opportunities for staff, faculty and students. GHI also provides focus, coordination, and logistical support for the many international initiatives arising from Loma Linda University schools and hospitals.
Since its founding over 100 years ago, Loma Linda University's mission has been to "make man whole," not only locally, but globally. This rich tradition of service has been carried out by thousands of employees, students, and graduates who have served overseas.
Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) is a Loma Linda University program that exemplifies the University's commitment to global service, incorporating international service opportunities into academic curriculum in order to 1) prepare health professions students for a career of effective global service and 2) promote the health of global communities. SIMS’ mission is to provide LLU students with high-quality service-learning opportunities that empower them to become caring, competent, and socially responsible health professionals who value service as a lifelong process. Participants work in underdeveloped areas around the globe in communities with limited or no access to health care and health education.
This program is right for you if:
- care about the world around you
- value service
- want to experience another culture
- are open-minded, flexible, and very adaptable
- are independent and can take initiative
- are ready to learn
SIMS programs are designed to help you grow both personally and professionally. SIMS invites you to immerse yourself in another culture, experience health care in a new setting, and deepen your understanding of yourself and the global community. Whether you have one day or one year to dedicate to international service, SIMS has an opportunity that is right for you.
SIMS began on February 8, 1975. Initially it was called Students for International Medical Service with the original intent to provide a forum for senior medical students at Loma Linda University to share clinical experience they had in foreign settings. However, ten years later in 1985 the University reorganized SIMS with a change of name to provide mission opportunities for students in all schools of the University.