Policy on Student Safety during Global Health Electives

The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell is committed to maintaining/ensuring the safety and health of its students working abroad during global health electives. All students who participate in international global health electives are protected by a global evacuation and insurance policy that covers any medical, personal, travel or safety problem or crisis. In addition, the Northwell Office of Global Health provides proactive safety briefings and situational awareness training. 

The Zucker School of Medicine has adopted the following guidance based on the U.S. Department of State travel advisory system by location:

Levels 1 and 2: Travel is permitted. Students are required to attend a general safety briefing. Site specific safety plans are updated annually or at the time of contract review, whichever is sooner. 

Level 3: Travel is permitted to Northwell-approved sites only*. Specific safety procedures and safety protocol briefing is conducted prior to departure (within one month of departure). Additional security restrictions may apply at the discretion of the Northwell Health Center for Global Health, local site coordinator, or faculty mentor. 

Level 4: No student travel is permitted and credit towards advancement/graduation requirements will not be provided*.
*Exceptions to this policy can only be made by appeal to and at the discretion of the dean or the dean's designee.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies:
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory System