The College of Nursing is a vibrant community proudly committed to global health. As the largest health profession, with over 3.2 million RNs, we have a moral responsibility to collaborate and envision how we can collectively improve the health and health care of individuals and communities throughout the world.

The College of Nursing and the International Center offer numerous opportunities for students to pursue international education and have a global influence in the field of nursing.

Global Health Brigade

Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) is an organization created within the University of Kentucky that incorporates academic and community partners and seeks to improve the health and well-being of impoverished and underserved communities globally. Students will travel to Ecuador in 2016, where STSG has a year-round health clinic. While providing primary care for this community, STSG also works with the community to improve education, public health, access to safe water, and to improve economic opportunities. The global health brigade offers clinical experience and health education for nursing students. Although there are four brigades in March, May, June, and Aug., the March, May and Aug. brigades are more clinically focused.

If you are interested in the 2016 brigade, please contact Craig Borie:

102 Bradley Hall Lexington, KY 40506-0058

Phone: (859) 218-2084


Education Abroad Opportunities

The Office of Education Abroad offers a variety of programs for academic credit in the field of nursing. Please see the nursing Major Advising Page (MAP) to view the featured programs for students in our College.

To see a complete list of programs for nursing students, please visit the International Center’s Program Search page and add your desired filters to find a specific program that meets your academic needs.

One such opportunity is a faculty-sponsored program led by Dr. Ana Linares, DNS, RN, IBCLC, to the Universidad de Tarapaca in Chile, where students will earn academic credit for NUR 382 in the spring of 2017. This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about geopolitical issues surrounding health, ethics of global health, health disparities, and specific information about the culture and the health of communities where they will be working. 

To get started with the program search process, please visit the Education Abroad Resource Center in 315 Bradley Hall to meet with an EA peer ambassador.

If you have questions or concerns regarding a specific program, please contact the College of Nursing Education Abroad advisor, Susan McVey, or schedule an appointment with her (see link below her picture).

Phone: (859) 323-2143


Global Health Initiative Case Competition

The University of Kentucky Global Health Initiative aims to advance research and educational programs for students to improve the health of people throughout the world. This year, the Global Health Initiative hosted its first-annual Global Health Case Competition on Jan. 24. Nine interdisciplinary student teams developed strategies to address a critical global health challenge and presented their strategies to a panel of judges.

The health challenge was to reduce the health and socioeconomic burdens of tobacco use in Gujarat, India, and to identify the costs and tradeoffs involved. The team that took first place in the competition included: Nneka Udechukwu, a sophomore in the College of Medicine; Sindhu Nimma, a senior in the College of Medicine; Ryan McElhose, a sophomore studying Sociology in  the College of Arts & Sciences; and Kevin Chen, a first year graduate student in the College of Pharmacy.

The team went on to compete with teams from 24 other universities in the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 28 at Emory University with the opportunity to win $6,000.

Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development and social entrepreneurship.

This year’s conference will take place April 16-17. To register or to view the keynote speakers, please visit the Unite for Sight registration page.