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Global Learning Opportunities

The Crown Family School offers a range of opportunities for master's-level students to learn about social welfare policy and practice internationally: in the classroom, certificate programs, programs of study, seminars and workshop presentations, and through experiential learning opportunities abroad. The Crown Family School’s orientation to international social work is designed to provide students with the opportunity to think about social problems, social policy, and social work practice in a comparative cross-national perspective. Courses are integrated into the broader curriculum, providing all students with an opportunity to incorporate some international perspectives into their work locally. For students with an interest in working abroad or with immigrant and refugee populations at home, the programs provide an opportunity to dig deeper and establish a foundation of knowledge and skills to pursue these interests. 


Kiphart Scholars will embark on a rigorous course of study focused on understanding social problems, social policy, and on-the-ground practice in a globalized world. The Kiphart Scholars Program in Global Health and Social Development focuses on providing students with both a particular knowledge base (on global processes, historical trends, and comparative perspectives) as well as a set of skills (regarding intercultural awareness, self-reflection, critical assessment, project implementation, program evaluation, etc). It places particular emphasis on understanding and working with culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged populations, attention to the needs and circumstances of individuals in the context of their local environment and in light of the structures and influences that shape their conditions and opportunities at more macro levels, and an understanding of the social construction of social problems that hones students’ capacity to think critically and flexibly across contexts. This program is rooted in values of self- awareness, community centeredness, consultation, and accountability to self and others.


Program Leadership and Contact Information

Associate Instructional Professor: Jessica Darrow,
Assistant Director: Cristina Gros,

The global burden of disease poses a significant barrier to the well-being of people around the world. Students today are interested in addressing issues that cross national borders, including global health. To address this need, the Crown Family School's Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP), the Center for Global Health, and the Pritzker School of Medicine (PSOM) have collaborated to develop the Global Health Certificate Program,. This program, which is open to students in participating UChicago schools, addresses issues in global health from the perspective of a variety of disciplines, including biomedicine, business, law, economics, public policy, social work and socio-cultural studies.

Please contact Laura Botwinick, Director of GPHAP, with any questions about the Global Health Certificate Program.

Courses at the Crown Family School and Throughout the University.

To search the Crown Family School course catalog, choose the keywords 'global' or 'international' from the drop-down menu.

Additional courses are available at other units of the University including the Pozen Family Center for Human RightsThe Harris School of Public Policy Studies, The Pritzker School of Medicine, The Law School,  and The Booth School of Business. Check individual school schedules for courses and times.

Seminars & Workshops

International scholars with expertise from a variety of international perspectives are invited to speak at the Crown Family School throughout the academic year. These scholars are in addition to the numerous speakers that are invited to University and to other units.

Study Abroad

The Crown Family School offers two intensive, multi-week study-abroad programs. The first is focused on urban poverty and community practice in India in collaboration with the Tata Institute of the Social Sciences Centre for Community Organization and Development Practice in Mumbai. The second program is focused on urbanization, migration, and poverty and is in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Department of Applied Social Sciences in Hong Kong and Peking University's Department of Sociology. Applications for both programs are accepted in the spring quarter. 

For More Information

Please contact Cristina Gros, Assistant Director, International Programming at 773.702.7107.

International Program Staff

Robert Chaskin
Robert J. Chaskin

McCormick Foundation Professor; Deputy Dean for Strategic Initiatives; UNESCO Chair for Inclusive Urbanism
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Area of Expertise: Children and Adolescents, Community, International, Non-Profit Organizations, Poverty and Income, Urban

Jessica Darrow
Jessica Darrow

Associate Instructional Professor; Coordinator of the Kiphart Scholars Program in Global Health and Social Development
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice

Area of Expertise:Human Rights, Immigration, International, Non-Profit Organizations, Refugees, Government and Policy

Cristina Gros
Cristina Gros

Associate Director for International Programs
International Programming
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