Ghana, located in West Africa, has a long and rich cultural history and is considered one of the most stable and democratic countries in Africa. With strong political and economical systems, and vibrant cities, Ghana is the perfect gateway for a rich cultural experience in Africa.

Despite strong economic growth and a stable political system, Ghana still has a long road to providing quality healthcare for children throughout the country. Its citizens have been working tirelessly to reduce infant mortality rates and improve the overall health of the pediatric population in the country. However, social and economic conditions have continued to impact the health of children, with malaria, anemia, and malnutrition the leading contributors to childhood morbidity in Ghana.

Living conditions, nutrition, physical environment, social and community support, water and sanitation, housing, rather than individual factors such as genetics or other behavioral causes are major contributions to the cause and burden of disease. In the bustling capital city of Accra, see firsthand the various factors that directly affect the health of Ghanaian children. 


Join local medical and public health professionals in the historic Children's Hospital in Accra and see how these professionals provide care in a resource-poor environment, overcoming challenges such as the financial and structural constraints of the healthcare system itself and the social determinants that lead to illness in children. Student internships will be based at the public pediatric hospital and may include development and implementation of health education materials, data review and analysis of hard-copy, hand-written patient charts, and review and updating of patient intake documents and procedures.


No language requirement


Students on this program will stay in a CFHI program house, accompanied by a caretaker and/or local coordinator. Language classes will take either at a local language school or at a break room in the hospital or program accommodations



  • Academic Fee - $300
  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Vaccinations and Medications
  • $6,150. Fee does not include flights or visa.


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary, depending on individual circumstances, but are built upon the academic school year at the University of Utah and the junior high school in Adankwame.

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester. Students can tailor their internship on the topics outlined in the description.

Others as identified by Hinckley Institute Staff.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.