CHANGE THE WORLD
AND YOUR LIFE

Advance your nursing skills as you venture beyond the classroom and local community and gain clinical experience through a full spectrum social and cause-related nursing service trips. See firsthand the impact possible as you personally contribute to transforming healthcare delivery at a global level.

The Global Health Education Project can be done in place of the Multiculturalism in Healthcare - Special Populations course requirement, so students can receive course credit as well as the educational experience of a lifetime.*

This is your chance to:

  • Expand your education and gain a deeper understanding of cultural and socioeconomic differences.
  • Travel internationally
  • Earn up to seven credit hours for NR-441: Community Health Nursing - International and INT-351: Multiculturalism in Healthcare-Special Populations** (3-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program students only)

*The Global Health Education Program is subject to availability based on campus location.
**INT351 Multiculturalism in Healthcare-Special Populations available only to students currently enrolled in the 129 curriculum.

How to Apply

  1. Download the Application

    Access the student application (PDF) or visit my.chamberlain.edu

  2. Complete and Send Application

    Complete the application and email to globalhealthprogram@chamberlain.edu

  3. Double-check full requirements

    Confirm that you meet Chamberlain's pre-licensure requirements

Pre-Licensure Student Application Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program students must have successfully completed NR-324/NR-325
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • In-person interview with Global Health Education Program Experience lead faculty

Alumni Application Requirements

I came prepared to change lives and left having changed my own.

Mary

BSN Student

Upcoming
Service Projects

Kenya

Phillippines

January 2017
Lead Faculty: Gigi Melendez, DNP, MSN, RN
Length of Trip: Two Weeks
Open to 10-15 nursing and medical students | $3,500

This intense two-week experience will be spent working in urban and rural areas. Clinical experiences may include home visits and community education. Students will collaborate with several local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to deliver care according to needs. Participants should be in excellent physical condition.

Application Deadline: August 5, 2016
Chamberlain College of Nursing Service Trip to Kenya: 2011

Haiti

January 2017
Lead Faculty: Sheri Sawchuk, MSN, RN, CNE
Length of Trip: Two Weeks
Open to 15-22 nursing and medical students | $2,500

Partner with nursing students in Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Épiscopale d’Haïti à Léogâne - FSIL (Haitian BSN nursing program.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2016
Chamberlain College of Nursing Service Trip to Kenya: 2011

Haiti

July 2017
Lead Faculty: Sheri Sawchuk, MSN, RN, CNE
Length of Trip: Two Weeks
Open to 15-22 nursing and medical students | $2,500

Partner with nursing students in Faculté des Sciences Infirmières de l’Université Épiscopale d’Haïti à Léogâne - FSIL (Haitian BSN nursing program.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2017
Note: Dates are subject to change. Comprehensive consumer information is available at chamberlain.edu/studentconsumerinfo

Students think they’re going to help save the world, but they come away receiving more than they ever could have given – a greater confidence in their abilities and a real sense of purpose.

Susan Fletcher, EdD, MSN (r), RN

Chair, Global Health Education Program Professor

Our Faculty

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    Chair, Global Health Education Program
    Susan Fletcher EdD, MSN (r), RN
    Fletcher_Susan
    Chair, Global Health Education Program
    Susan Fletcher, EdD, MSN (r), RN

    Dr. Susan Fletcher serves as chair of the Global Health Education Program for Chamberlain College of Nursing. Dr. Fletcher developed Chamberlain’s international and multicultural nursing program and frequently leads nursing students on international nursing service projects to India, Brazil, Kenya, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Philippines.

    Dr. Fletcher previously served as a professor at Chamberlain’s St. Louis campus and taught nursing courses for Regis University in Denver. She has received the DeVry PRIDE Award and Chamberlain’s “Doing Well by Doing Good” Award. Dr. Fletcher was a finalist for Nursing Spectrum’s 2010 Nursing Excellence Program in the category of Community Service and was also nominated for the Dorland Health People Awards in the Public Health Nursing category.

    Dr. Fletcher is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the National League for Nursing, the American Public Health Association and the Vincent DePaul Society. She also has served on the boards of the Autonomous Case Management, Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry, Positive Family Enterprises and Epiphany Health Ministry.

    She earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with an emphasis in community health from St. Louis University and a Doctor of Education in adult education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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    Assistant Professor, Addison Campus
    Germielynn (Gigi) S. Melendez MSN, RNC-OB
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    Assistant Professor, Addison Campus
    Germielynn (Gigi) S. Melendez, MSN, RNC-OB
    Germielynn Melendez has taught online courses on transitions into nursing for Chamberlain College of Nursing since 2006 and maternal newborn and community nursing courses at its Addison, Ill. campus since 2009. In addition to teaching, Melendez coordinates the international nursing program at the Addison campus, which includes student service project trips to Fortaleza, Brazil and the Philippines.

    Melendez currently is a registered nurse in Illinois. She is certified in physician office coding and billing, CPR and inpatient obstetrics. She is a member of the Chamberlain College of Nursing Honor Society, the University of St. Francis College Honor Society, the National League for Nursing and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses.

    Prior to joining Chamberlain College of Nursing, Melendez taught at Kaplan University School of Nursing (online), Loyola University-Chicago, Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill., the University of St. Francis College of Nursing in Joliet, Ill., and Joliet Junior College. She began her career as a postpartum, recovery and special care nursery nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

    Melendez earned both a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in obstetrics and gynecology nurse practice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently working towards her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Capella University.

    As an active participant at the Holy Spirit Catholic Community Church in Naperville, Ill., Melendez serves on the church's bereavement ministry team and travels on medical mission trips to Ecuador. 
  • Assistant Professor BSN Degree Program
    Sheri Sawchuk MSN, RN, PHN, CNE
    Assistant Professor BSN Degree Program
    Sheri Sawchuk, MSN, RN, PHN, CNE
    Sheri Sawchuk is an assistant professor in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She brings more than 18 years of experience in nursing practice, clinical work and education to the position. In this role, Sawchuk organizes and leads BSN students on several Global Health Education Program experiences every year. She also participates in ongoing research and planning for future Global Health Education Program experiences.

    Prior to joining Chamberlain, Sawchuk was the clinic nurse supervisor at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, California. Her previous experience includes hospice registered nurse (RN) at St. Francis Healthcare Systems, clinic nurse and case manager at Kalihi-Palama Health Care Center, and clinical RN in the urgent care unit at Queen’s Health Care Center, all in Honolulu, Hawaii; and surgical clinic and float RN at The Doctor’s Clinic of Bremerton in Washington. Her academic experience includes serving as nursing faculty in the BSN program at Biola University. Additionally, she served in a leadership position as the medical director at Samaritan’s Purse, an International Relief organization.

    Sawchuk is a member of several professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. She has traveled the world to participate in several volunteer projects including trips to Liberia to assist during the Ebola outbreak and disaster relief in Honduras.

    Sawchuk earned a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain. She is currently working toward earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Missouri- Columbia. Sawchuk is licensed to practice nursing in the states of Hawaii, Washington and California.

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