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Global Health

Global Health


For Villanova Nurses, global health integrates many things, many people and many places as they ignite change for a healthier world. Find out more about our endeavors and education opportunties.

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Global Health happens locally

Faculty and students at the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing participate in service and educational programs working with immigrants and refugees and vulnerable groups in the U.S. such as underserved pregnant women and those affected by the opioid crisis. The College is also a partner in the Together for West Philadelphia project under the direction of Main Line Health. This initiative  involves academic, healthcare and community partnerships with the goal of providing care and services to the West Philadelphia neighborhoods. 


Global study opportunities

Choose a global health minor from our Center for Global and Public Health. You may also choose to travel and enhance your learning and gain a global perspective! Qualified, traditional BSN students may apply to travel such places as those listed below as part of their coursework:



  1. China
  2. Domincan Republic
  3. England (sophomore year study abroad)
  4. Ghana
  5. Ireland
  6. Japan
  7. Nicaragua
  8. Peru
  9. Poland
  10. South Africa
  11. Spain

Sophomore year may be spent studying abroad at Great Britain's University of Manchester. Traditional BSN students may also do summer study abroad through the Office of Education Abroad.

Second degree, accelerated BSN students have the opportunity for a health promotion practicum with the Blackfeet Nation in Montana.

Learn more on our International and Multicultural Study Opportunities webpage.


International students

Welcome international students! The College of Nursing benefits from your global perspective. For many years we have attracted students from South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Read more information for international students.



Center for Global and Public Health

Launched in 2010, the Center extends the College’s engagement in global health studies and research that address the health-related factors important to the quality of life in various regions of the world and among various populations in our own country. Students may choose a global health minor.


Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

If you're a returning Peace Corps volunteer, the College of Nursing is a site for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. If you are ready to earn a second degree BSN or if you are a nurse and ready to earn your MSN, learn more.



College of Nursing faculty conduct research studies in the U.S. and also abroad.They often partner with students and present their scholarly work at professional conferences.

Faculty in the FCN collaborate with international partners analyzing the evidence to support effectiveness of health programs internationally. Undergraduate students often participate in data collection and analysis of these programs.  Graduate and doctoral students have studied safety and culture of safety, and nursing interventions at international sites.

Additionally, FCN faculty are setting standards for global health nursing practice related to short-term nursing student experiences, including ethical principles in global health nursing practice.