Reflection in Global Health Education and Practice Essay Contest


Reflection in Global Health Education and Practice Essay Contest

The Fifth annual CUGH Reflection Essay Contest is co-sponsored by CUGH, Child Family Health International, University of Pittsburg Center for Global Health and Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. This is an opportunity to submit an essay about your reflections in global health education and practice.Trainees from undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels and GH faculty/practitioners are eligible to submit an essay to the contest.  Organizer strongly encourages essay submission by trainees and global health practitioners/educators from low-middle income countries.
Reflection is a powerful tool in global health education and practice. All current undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate trainees as well as GH practitioners are invited to submit essays to reflect upon the meaning and lessons learned from global health experiences. These may be in a research, educational, clinical, or service capacity. The impacts of these experiences on professional development and personal growth are revealed in new partnerships, insights into cross-cultural or ethical issues and ideas for change.
Click here for an example of writing prompts.
Click here to see essays previously selected for the Reflection in Global Health Anthology.

Requirements for Essays

  • The essay must be written while the applicant fits into one of the three contest categories described below, must be the work of a single author, and must represent original work. Essays must not have been previously published in print or electronic format.
  • Entries must be in English, at least 11 point font, doubled-spaced, and must not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Essay should be written in Microsoft or OpenOffice document.
  • Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document. Mention of any other individuals in the document should conform to anonymity standards to ensure privacy.
  • Include the title of your essay on all pages of your word document submission.
  • Only ONE submission per person.
  • Essays not meeting all requirements will be disqualified from the contest.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged in three separate categories:
  • trainees (post secondary to post graduate levels),
  • practitioner/faculty, and
  • trainees for whom English is not the primary language.  
Each essay is reviewed by two judges and scored on four criteria— originality/theme, composition, critical reflection, and impact on readers/learners.  The essay should reflect your personal experience and not a general commentary or research paper.  A third judge is asked to review the essay if there is a significant difference in the scores by the two judges. Authors will be anonymous to the judges. The finalists will be selected by members of CUGH’s Essay and Education Committees. Essay finalists will be notified by November 5, 2018.


Monetary prizes of $500 and a waiver of the CUGH 2019 conference registration fee will be awarded to the three winners. A number of honorable mentions will be selected for a special reading and recognition session at the conference. 

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How to submit

Send an email (including the below information) with your essay as an attachment to
Please include the following information in the body of your email:
  • First Name then Last Name
  • Title of Essay
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address (reachable even after graduation)
  • School/Sponsoring Institution/Training Program where enrolled or affiliated
  • Degree Program (if applicable)
  • Indicate category of submission (IMPORTANT!)
                   a. Trainees (undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate levels).  Anticipated year of graduation
                   b. Practitioner/faculty.  Please indicate years in practice and area of expertise

                   c. Trainees from low-middle income countries where English is not the official language

Submission Deadline 

Submissions are due by midnight EST on September 30, 2018. Decisions on winners and runner-ups will be announced on November 5, 2018. A select group of winners will be invited to read their essays at the 2019 CUGH Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

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