News, Events and GHP

Global Health Perspectives LogoGlobal Health Perspective (GHP) is a cross-cultural, inclusive outreach program for undergraduate students that is focused on student development in global health settings in Denver and around the world.

GHP combines classroom training with in-field service-learning internships and is integrated throughout the Denver College of Nursing curriculum path. Students are invited to participate in GHP from their first quarter of enrollment, through their coursework and even as DCN alumni.

Student membership in GHP requires attendance at global development symposiums on and off campus and service learning volunteer hours each quarter at many nonprofit organizations in the Denver metro area. After successful completion of GHP membership for a minimum of two quarters and completion of Advanced Medical/Surgical nursing courses, students are eligible to apply for a GHP Service Learning Internship.

DCN faculty members mentor and precept GHP students in both domestic and international internship locations. Upon successful completion of GHP internships students earn clinical credit for their work and, most importantly, gain the tools and experiences to broaden their perspectives in global health care.


Seven Denver College of Nursing (DCN) students, joined by an alumnus, faculty and family, scaled Mt. Bierstadt, a Colorado fourteener, to raise funds for Children’s Hospital’s “Climb for Kids,” said Dr. Marcia Bankirer, DCN president.

In the tenth annual Climb for Kids, Children’s Hospital raised over $150,000 for its Learning Services and Pediatric Mental Health Institute, in order to provide healthier lives for children. Each year, teams climb 14,000 feet to the summit of Mt. Bierstadt to honor children with much bigger mountains to climb.

Joined by DCN alumnus Kim Kretvix, the seven DCN students, accompanied by faculty member, Micah Hughes, included: Thad Alstrup, Mike Gnacinski, LaChele Mack, Alexis Pappas and her partner, Clinton Smith, Cassie Rodriguez, Matthew Rosenstein, and his wife, Rachel Rosenstein, an RN, and Ellis Whalen.

DCN participants climbed in behalf of the nursing college’s Team Global Health Perspectives (GHP) program, which is a service learning program at Denver College of Nursing that partners with like-minded NGOs and sustainable international and domestic clinical programs.

In recent years, DCN’s GHP interns have engaged in pediatric community healthcare in Haiti, Honduras, India, Peru, the Philippines and Uganda. DCN’s GHP program is guided by DCN’s Micah Hughes, assistant professor.

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