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MD & MPH Arrupe Global Scholars Program

Five-year MD and MPH Arrupe Global Scholars Program

The Arrupe Global Scholars program is a five-year MD and MPH program which seeks to educate, mentor and teach medical students interested in pursuing careers in global health and health equity. The program, named for Pedro Arrupe, SJ, who was deeply committed to social justice and caring for people living in poverty, seeks to educate servant-leaders in delivering health care with a focus on global health equity and a preferential option for the poor.

Changing Traditional Global Health Training

Creighton University’s Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships program seeks to change the traditional global health training opportunities for medical students by creating an innovative curriculum and philosophy grounded in the concepts of decolonizing global health and health equity. Implementing the Ignatian values of teaching its students to be agents of change and men and women for and with others, this program will uncover, explore and prepare the Arrupe Scholars to understand how racism and structural violence are embedded within health care systems and what role they play in working to improve these unjust systems.

Arrupe Global Scholars and faculty in the Domincan Republic

Fully Funded Master’s of Public Health

As part of this five-year training program, students will have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s of Public Health which is fully funded by the Arrupe scholarship. Students will travel abroad every year of medical school at one of Creighton’s international partner sites to work on scholarly projects addressing one of the sustainable development goals while improving social determinants of health. Scholars will work collaboratively, humbly and respectfully with international partners, using core concepts to decolonize global health, as they both contribute to their partner site and receive knowledge in return.

Program Goal

The goal of the program is to prepare a new generation of physicians who are dedicated and passionate about health equity. These future physicians will embrace a vision that “health care is a human right” which requires much more than charity. It requires a disruption of structural violence to promote social justice so that populations who live in poverty and are marginalized can live healthy lives with the dignity they deserve.

Arrupe Global Scholars group photo in the Domincan Republic

Program Details

Those chosen to become Arrupe Global Scholars will:

  • Earn a Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) in five years
  • Receive scholarship funding
  • Take part in fully funded international service learning experiences
  • Be mentored by experienced faculty and leaders in global health at Creighton University and at partner institutions across the world
  • Have access to specialized professional development opportunities
  • Develop the skills necessary to contribute to global health research
  • Participate in an innovative curriculum addressing key global health competencies including decolonizing global health, racism in medicine, health equity and social justice, sustainable development goals, social determinants of health, ethics, cultural humility, liberation medicine, global burden of disease, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity strengthening.

Ultimately, scholars within the program will work as part of international teams seeking to improve the health and well-being of communities experiencing poverty and inequitable access to healthcare.

Five-year MD and MPH Program

Students in the program will work toward both degrees simultaneously, saving a year on a typical timeline. This specific combination of degrees will provide the foundational knowledge needed to effect change at a wider level.

25% Medical School Tuition Scholarship

Through the generous support of a private donor, Arrupe Global Scholars will receive scholarship support for all four years of medical school. Tuition rates fluctuate, but a 25% scholarship represents upwards of $90,000.

100% Tuition Scholarship for the MPH Degree

In addition to covering 25% of medical school tuition, the program’s scholarship also funds the full cost of tuition for the Master of Public Heatlh degree. This covers more than $40,000.

Five Fully Funded International Placements

The Arrupe Global Scholars Program has established partnerships with organizations in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Uganda and India. Partnerships in other countries are being finalized. Students will work alongside our international partners and Creighton and partner institution faculty on multiyear projects addressing significant health challenges in locations around the world. Through these partnerships, such as the ILAC (Institute for Latin American Concern) in the Dominican Republic, you’ll gain first-hand experience addressing the health concerns of those most in need.

Faculty Mentoring and Professional Development

Changing the world for the better is a big undertaking, and you won’t go it alone. Benefit from the mentorship of Creighton faculty and upper-level students, plus take advantage of ongoing professional development opportunities specific to the program.

Those interested in becoming an Arrupe Global Scholar must first apply and be accepted to Creighton’s School of Medicine MD program and then apply separately for the Arrupe Global Scholars program in the secondary application portal. In addition, you will be asked to:

  • Prepare three essays addressing your interest in and goals for the Arrupe Global Scholars MD/MPH program
  • Provide a letter of recommendation through the AMCAS Letter Service that addresses your experiences working with marginalized populations, locally or internationally, and your interest in global health and potential to practice with and impact the lives of the global poor
  • Interview with a selection committee if chosen to advance

The eligibility and academic prerequisites for the Arrupre Global Scholars are the same as those for the regular MD program, with the addition of a strong interest in global health as demonstrated by previous experiences and an emphasis on service with marginalized populations. Please note, the GRE normally required for the MPH will be waived for applicants.

Arrupe Scholars will start the program three weeks before they start their first year of medical school. Students will take part in a one-week orientation and then a two-week immersion at the Institute for Latin American Concern in the Dominican Republic. Program timeline to come.

Pedro Arrupe, SJ – the namesake of the Arrupe Global Scholars Program – was the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He studied medicine early in his life, but chose to enter the Society of Jesus in 1927. He was ordained in 1936 and sent to Japan for missionary work two years later. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Fr. Arrupe was arrested by Japanese security forces on suspicion of espionage and kept in solitary confinement for more than a month. He was eventually released and stayed in Japan, moving to Nagatsuka, just outside of Hiroshima.

On Aug. 6, 1945, Fr. Arrupe witnessed the horrors of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima firsthand. He and his colleagues survived the blast and rendered aid to some 150 victims, using rudimentary resources and medical knowledge. An integral leader among the Jesuits post-Vatican II, Fr. Arrupe is credited with first using the phrase, “men for others,” a sentiment that guides Jesuit institutions, including Creighton, today. Fr. Arrupe was deeply committed to justice and caring for the poor. The Arrupe Global Scholars Program shares that mission.

  • Sandra Ng
  • Olivia Foley
  • Rebecca Hammond
  • Kallin Hermann
  • Madeline Deanne
  • April Mabie
  • Caleb Armendariz
  • Allison Lu
  • Yezan Hassan
  • Celine Rukiidi
  • Marah Miller
  • Alexandra Van Cleave

Jason Beste MD, MPH was named the inaugural Executive Director of the Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program, effective July 1, 2022.

True to their namesake, Arrupe Global Scholars will become the inspiring change agents the world needs.
— Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD President, Creighton University

Contact Information

Fax: 402.280.1241

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