Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health & Disability

Students in class discussion in Seminar 6

Explore concepts of health and disability within the expanding context of global norms

Be at the forefront of global health and disability studies at Bader College's exhilarating six-week program. On the cutting edge of global health and disability studies, this program expands your knowledge through a combination of studies in disability and policy in global health, global sport, healthcare innovation, health communication and mental health.

Engage in hands-on learning, connect with international scholars, and unlock your potential to make a lasting impact on vulnerable populations and the world of global health.

Highlights of the Queen's Summer Abroad Program: Alert Box

  • Immerse yourself in three courses and gain 9.0 units towards your degree in the unique setting of Herstmonceux Castle in Southern England.

  • Expand your knowledge through embedded experiential and active learning that is focused on research and policy, community-based rehabilitation, and mental health provision.

  • Engage with international scholars, researchers, and leaders from world-renowned institutions, organisations and agencies.

  • Expand your global network for possible internships, volunteering opportunities, graduate school placements and future careers.

  • Benefit from one-on-one access to expert supervisors in your field.

  • Courses in this program can be used to satisfy requirements for Queen's HLTH Major and Medial plans, and the DIPA Certificate.

Global Perspective

BillboardThe interdisciplinary nature of this program attracts students with diverse perspectives and the seminar-style classes allow for in-depth discussion with your professors and peers alike. 

Experiential and active learning opportunities (EALs) such as visits to Cambridge University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will help you to develop the global awareness that is invaluable to personal and professional growth. Expand your scope and understanding of the issues surrounding global health and disability.

Each course includes lectures, visiting scholars, and EALs focusing on a combination of studies in disability and policy in global health, global sport, healthcare innovation, health communication and/or mental health. The faculty is drawn from a field of experts and experienced educators passionate about their area of expertise. And unlike many courses that look individually at global health or disability studies, this program provides a direct link between the two and is a unique program in Canadian universities.


Financial assistance is available for your experience, including:

  • Bader College Upper Year Bursary: valued up to $4,000, available for eligible students Arts and Science.

  • GSO Funding: Students attending Bader College's ISGHD program can apply for Global Skills Opportunity funding. There are three awards of $10,000 each available for Indigenous students, low-income students and those with disabilities.
    To be considered for the GSO funding for the ISGHD program, please submit the application form found here.

  • Undergraduate Research Fund (ASURF): variable, available to Queen's students who must have paid the ASURF student fee.

  • University of Toronto students: up to $10,000 through the Bader International Bursary.

  • Dalhousie University students: up to $2,500 through the Bader College Grant.

Please contact the Queen's Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more details.

It has been an incredible 6 weeks being a part of the ISGHD family at the Castle. I will never forget all of the amazing lessons and experiences I have gained from the program. The environment, teachers and students have all helped me think in ways I never have before and I will definitely take these tools with me wherever I end up in the future. Choosing to attend this program was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Not only was the program applicable to our area of study, it opened our perspective to many different professions. The EALs have been exceptional and eye-opening.

James - ISGHD Student

I have been constantly inspired, exposed to new experiences and perspectives, and encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone. Finishing this course I am left more confidence as a student and presenter, and new excitement surrounding disability studies.

Sarah - ISGHD Student

Permission to enrol in this program will normally be given if you are at third year standing and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. 

Students who do not hold the prerequisites for the courses in this program may still be eligible for entry and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please enquire via

Courses of instruction include:

This course offers the theory and context of Interprofessional education and collaborative practice from a global policy viewpoint as well as the opportunity to develop and apply the required Interprofessional education core competencies.

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of disability studies – definitions and conceptualizations of disability, language for talking about disability, methods of studying disability issues, policy and systems affecting people with disabilities, controversial issues in disability studies. The course will include lectures, seminars, debates, field trips, student presentations. Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9 and HLTH 332/3.0 and registration at Bader College, or permission of the School.

While people with disabilities continue to experience challenges to their full and equal community participation, people with disabilities in the context of mental illnesses are subject to particularly profound levels of social exclusion at a global level. This course will examine current disability discourse as it relates to mental illnesses and examine processes by which exclusion of this population occurs globally. Issues of exclusion will be evaluated using an international focus. Theoretical perspectives will be grounded in real life examples. Prerequisite: Level 4 and a minimum GPA of 1.9 and HLTH 332/3.0 and registration at Bader College, or permission of the School.

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