About IHSC
USF Health


The International Health Service Collaborative is a group of USF Health Students, Faculty and Professionals focused on promoting Sustainable Health in underserved communities within the U.S. and developing nations, and creating a forum for interdisciplinary interaction withing USF Health and throughout USF, which will result in more well-rounded health profesionals



USF Health lacked a Student-led interdisciplinary organization that allows students from all health scieces areas to work together. In 2005, a small group of of USF students with an interest in interanational Health from the colleges of Medicine and Public Health had the vision of creating the IHSC. Ever since, we had been actively involved in local health service events and interanational sustainable health projects in Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and recently in Panama.



IHSC has a interdisciplinary structure that surpasses the 200 students from the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy, and Physical therapy as well as Engineering.

The IHSC executive board consists of a diverse group of individuals with impressive health experiences, from current health professionals to former Peace corps volunteers. The board is elected every year after the summer trip.



  • To encourage collaboration between students in all areas of health sciences
  • To create a forum for interdisciplinary education and discussion about health topics and sustainable solutions
  • To plan and carry out health service projects for communities in the U.S. and developing countries using input from multiple health sciences fields and community leaders
  • To plan and carry out research projects relating to medicine and public health, including evaluation of our own projects



  • Monthly lectures about a variety of health topics
  • Local and International Health Projects
  • Educational sessions held by students of each college for students of other health disciplines
  • Organizational meetings as needed



University of Miami, University of Michigan, U.S. Peace Corps, Water for People, Engineers Without Borders, Manos a Tiempo, Food for the Poor, International Rotary Club, MAP International


Faculty Advisors:     

COPH: Dr. Ann DeBaldo

COM: Dr. John Sinnott

CON: Dr. Sandra Cadena 







IHSC has 501c3 non-profit privileges.  All gifts/contributions are tax deductible and can be made through the USF Health Foundation.