Global Health Service Partnership
Peace Corps Response1111 20th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20526
Phone855.855.1961 ext. 2250
The Peace Corps, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Seed Global Health launched the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a program that aims to improve clinical education, expand the base of physician and nursing educators and build healthcare capacity in countries that face critical shortages of healthcare providers.
GHSP sends trained health professionals to serve as adjunct faculty in medical, nursing and clinical officer training schools of partnering countries. Launched in March 2012, the first cohort of medical and nursing professionals left for Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda in July 2013.
Background: Demand for More Health Expertise
The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) helps address critical shortages of qualified health professionals where they are most needed. The goal is to increase local capacity and strengthen the quality and sustainability of medical and nursing education and clinical practices. The GHSP responds to an expressed host country demand, advances PEPFAR's commitment to training and retaining 140,000 health-care workers in countries with high disease burden, and also provides an innovative volunteer opportunity for Americans to collaborate with faculty peers as educators in resource limited settings.
An Innovative Partnership
The Peace Corps and Seed Global Health are committed to cultivating stronger, sustainable health systems by training a new generation of physicians and nurses, and are working together on recruitment, site selection, volunteer support and program evaluation. The Peace Corps has a rich, 50-year history of preparing, sending and supporting American Volunteers for service overseas and will play that role in the Global Health Service Partnership. Seed Global Health is a 501(C)(3) housed at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health; working with private philanthropy, they will provide stipends of up to $30,000 to offset educational debt, mortgage commitment and dependent tuition. Seed Global Health staff supports the Peace Corps with their expertise in medical and nursing education and knowledge of clinical education in developing countries.
In collaboration with PEPFAR country teams, Peace Corps works closely with ministries of health and education as well as identified educational and health institutions to increase capacity and strengthen the quality and sustainability of medical and nursing education and clinical practices.
- The Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) places Volunteers in Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda. In 2013, GHSP placed 31 physicians and nurses in training institutions across these countries. This program may expand to additional countries and disciplines in future years.
- Participants in the program will serve one-year assignments through Peace Corps Response, a program that offers high-impact, short-term assignments for qualified Americans. Volunteers may also apply to extend their service for a second year.
- In coordination with host country faculty, Volunteers primarily function as physician or nursing educators and also participate in direct clinical care as appropriate to their teaching roles.
- Competitive applicants should be board eligible or board certified doctors in their core specialties, and nurses who have completed a BSN/MPH, MSN, NP, DNP, or Ph.D. and have a minimum of three years experience in a clinical specialty.
Global Health Service Partnership Applicant Process & Benefits
Application Timeline for 2014 GHSP Recruitment Class*
- May 15, 2013 – Recruitment Opened for July 2014 departure
- October 1, 2013 – Early Decision Application Deadline ended
- December 6, 2013 – Final Application Deadline
- Early December 2013 – Early Decision Invitations Extended
- Early January 2014 to late April 2014 – Invitations Extended to Nurse and Physician Educators
*Please note, this timeline may change and will be updated as needed.
Applications for the July 2014 class will be accepted from May 15, 2013 through December 6, 2013. Invitations will be extended beginning in January 2014 and may continue until late April. Candidates who applied by October 1st for Early Decision consideration can expect to hear back in early December 2013. The Early Decision deadline for 2013 has passed, but will be available for the next class of GHSP volunteers. Early Decision consideration offers candidates advance notification of the decision on their application.
Applicants selected for an interview must submit references and complete electronic health history and legal forms to determine their medical and legal eligibility. Candidates advancing from the initial interview with Peace Corps Response participate in an additional interview with clinical leadership from Seed Global Health. Upon acceptance of an assignment, applicants complete a medical clearance, background check, and additional administrative paperwork. Volunteer assignments for the second cohort will begin in July 2014.
Volunteers receive the same benefits as traditional Peace Corps Volunteers, which includes a modest monthly living stipend, transportation to and from their country of service, comprehensive medical care, a readjustment allowance, and paid vacation days. In addition, Seed Global Health may assist Volunteers with need-based supplemental financial stipends .
For more information on serving with Peace Corps Response, visit our Frequently Asked Questions .
Last updated Nov 25 2013