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Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)

The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is, to the best of our knowledge, the first and only medical school in the world to incorporate global health components into all four years of the core M.D. curriculum. As a small and prestigious medical school, we offer an M.D. program that prepares you for a career going far beyond the hospital or private clinic. Gain the training necessary to practice medicine while meeting the challenges of global health — and make a real impact.

Ben-Gurion University Medical SchoolMSIH is part of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Since its founding in 1969, BGU has helped transform this important region in the southern part of Israel. Located on the edge of the stunning Negev desert, with easy access to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Beer-Sheva has become a major center for research and innovation in the "Startup Nation," with public-private partnerships leading to new opportunities for BGU and its students. In the last five years alone, IBM, Lockheed Martin, PayPal, Deutsche Telekom and many others have opened research centers on campus.

The university is famous for its students' commitment to community engagement and service. Over 6,000 BGU students are actively involved in extensive community outreach programs to strengthen underprivileged communities in the region. BGU has modern 21st-century facilities and dynamic campus life, as well as one of the most diverse student bodies in Israel.

BGU Community

  • 20,000 students
  • 6,600 students pursuing advanced degrees
  • 6,000 students involved in outreach to strengthen local underprivileged communities
  • 850 senior academic staff members
  • 800 international students
  • 125,000+ alumni

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What Can BGU Offer Me?

  • Location in the Negev desert, allowing for access to diverse populations and involvement in the development of Israel's southern periphery
  • A comfortable, modern and safe campus where you can focus on your studies
  • An M.D. degree from an institution that is ranked No. 39th in the QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50
  • A place in Israel's fastest-growing institution of higher education
  • Access to top researchers and practitioners of global health, examining topics ranging from the impact of geopolitics on pollution to personal well-being and access to health services
  • Proximity to the Advanced Technologies Park, developed in partnership with the municipality of Beer-Sheva and KUD International LLC to promote research, development and commercialization of cutting-edge technology


Is the MSIH M.D. Program Right for Me?

A prestigious program with a strong focus on global health, the M.D. degree from the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is a pathway to residency in the United States or abroad. Taught in English and based in Israel during the first three years of study, our North-American-style curriculum incorporates everything you expect from a top M.D. program — then pushes you further to go beyond your own experience, culture and country.

  • Do you wonder how you can have a real and lasting impact as a medical practitioner and help make the world a better place?
  • Do you want to get into a top residency program in the U.S. or Canada?
  • Are you interested in practicing medicine with underserved populations in the U.S. or around the world?
  • Are you excited by the thought of international travel and experiencing other cultures?

M.D. Program

The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) offers a small and challenging four-year program that prepares you to practice medicine in the United States and around the world — as well as across cultural, geographic and technological boundaries.

Program Highlights

As a student at MSIH, you'll benefit from:

  • unique medical school curriculum that integrates global health into all four years and prepares you for a meaningful career
  • An English-language program designed to place you successfully in residencies in the U.S., Canada or elsewhere
  • Medical rotations and clerkships in Israeli medical centers serving patients from a wide range of nationalities, ethnicities, and religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Exciting eight-week global health clerkships at sites around the world during the fourth year, with past sites including Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Canada, Israel and the U.S.
  • Fourth-year electives and clerkships at highly selective medical centers in the U.S. and Canada, including Columbia University


Ben-Gurion University Medical SchoolAs a graduate of MSIH, you will be a highly skilled physician with expertise in global health. We are the first and only medical school in the world to incorporate global health components into all four years of the core curriculum.

Our specialty M.D. program trains you to understand health issues so that you can not only treat the patient, but also address the underlying cause.

What Does MSIH Offer Me?

  • High residency match rates that parallel top medical schools in the United States (90% for the class of 2017)
  • Small class sizes and personal attention from accomplished and experienced faculty
  • Comprehensive residency-planning support
  • Close and extremely supportive community of peers
  • Diverse cross-cultural experience in Israel plus eight-week global health clerkships in sites around the world
  • Fourth-year electives and clerkships at highly selective medical centers in the U.S. and Canada, including Columbia University


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Since its inception, MSIH has been affiliated with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. BGU and MSIH also have affiliations with other medical schools throughout the world, including in North America and, of course, Israel.

The diversity of MSIH's affiliations benefits you as a student. You will spend three years studying in Israel, take fourth-year electives at prestigious medical centers in the United States or Canada, and complete an eight-week global health clerkship at one of several approved resource-deprived sites around the world.

This broad international experience helps prepare you for a meaningful medical career. Graduates of MSIH enjoy high match rates parallel to those of students at top medical schools in the U.S. (90% in 2017). An M.D. from MSIH offers a clear path to U.S. residency.

North American Affiliations

  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University

Teaching Hospitals in Israel

  • Soroka University Medical Center (Beer-Sheva)
  • Barzilai University Medical Center (Ashkelon)
  • Assuta Medical Center (Tel Aviv)
  • Southern District Clalit Health Services Community Clinics (around the Negev)
  • Beer-Sheva Mental Health Center (Beer-Sheva)

Residency Placements

As graduates of the world's first and only medical school that incorporates global health into all four years of its core curriculum, MSIH alumni are uniquely prepared to compete for residency placements in the United States and around the world. We provide a path to residency parallel to that of the top medical schools in the U.S.; for the class of 2017, the match rate was 90%, with many students matching to their first or second choice of residency.

Placements by Specialty

Ben-Gurion University Medical SchoolOf our 2017 graduates, 28% matched in pediatrics, 17% in internal medicine and 11% in anesthesiology. Other matches include residencies in psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, radiology and emergency medicine.

2017 Match Highlights

  • Psychiatry residency at University of California Irvine Medical Center
  • Surgery (preliminary) residency at Maimonides Medical Center
  • Emergency Medicine residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals
  • Anesthesiology residency at Henry Ford Health Sciences Center

Tuition and Fees

Ben-Gurion University Medical SchoolTuition for your MSIH M.D. Program is $37,000 per year and is paid in installments at the beginning of each semester. Books and equipment, health insurance, and travel-related costs are an additional $6,000 per year on average.

If you are applying for student loans in the United States or Canada, you may be eligible for assistance up to your total cost of attendance including tuition and fees, as well as allowances for housing, food, books, supplies, transportation, dependent care and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Note: First-year students will pay a $300 deposit upon enrollment, to be deducted from the amount of the first tuition payment. All tuition payments must be made in U.S. dollars by check, wire transfer or student loan.

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