Non-DGSOM affiliated elective experiences

Some students may wish to participate in a global health elective with programs or sites where DGSOM does not have a formal affiliation. 

As a first step, students should reach out to Dr. Traci Wells at or Dr. Lee Miller at Participation for elective credit will require the approval of the Dean’s Office after review of the following three application requirements:

  1. Complete the Global Health Elective Request Form for Medical Students.

  2. Watch the Pre-Travel Health and Safety Video. Please visit the Travel Health & Safety page for information on the required video and quiz.

  3. Review and sign the Code of Conduct and Risk Reduction Agreement for Global Health Electives. Submit the signed Code of Conduct with your Global Health Elective Request Form.

Participation requirements

Once approved, students will be asked to complete the following additional participation requirements:

  1. Sign up for UC Traveler Security and Health Coverage Benefits - The University of California has arranged for students and employees traveling on official University business to be covered for a variety of accidents and incidents while away from campus or the primary workplace. Please visit the UC Travel Insurance page for details. If your air travel is purchased through UCLA travel, you will automatically be signed up for coverage and will receive a confirmation email at your UCLA email address.

  2. Register for the US State Department STEP Program - The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Please visit the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) page for more information and instructions on how to register.

  3. Make an appointment at a Travel Clinic - For additional information on travel health and UCLA Travel Clinic resources, please visit the Travel Health & Safety page.