International Mission Service Learning Programs provide students with unique opportunity to be exposed to health care systems in cross-cultural setting around the world. These programs are designed to offer students a broad educational experience within their health care professions. As program participants, students may have the opportunity to observe or rotate with local physicians in a hospital setting, participate in community outreach activities, serve in local school programs, and contribute to the spiritual activities of the host site.
- Develop a larger sense of cultural competency and global awareness
- Broaden global health care and public health knowledge
- Broaden their Christian worldview
- Deepen their commitment to global service
These programs emphasize respect and understanding of all cultures, they are not meant to be seen as an opportunity to practice clinical skills and techniques abroad that students are not yet qualified to provide in the United States. Rather, SIMS encourages participants to focus on developing a high level of community and global health awareness and to examine how health care systems are socially and culturally constructed.