The Institutes

Hospitals in developing countries face large challenges accessing skilled technicians who can install, maintain, or repair medical equipment. As a result, equipment essential to diagnosing diseases, sterilizing tools, and performing surgery quickly falls out of service. Without working equipment, physicians and nurses are unable to deliver quality health care, and patients suffer. In 2001, engineering professors Bob Malkin and Mohammad Kiani established Engineering World Health to help hospitals overcome this challenge.


EWH Institute programs train university STEM students and professionals, then place these participants in hospitals to repair equipment and share their knowledge with local hospital staff. The Institutes aim to provide participants with the opportunity to become immersed in healthcare systems in low income countries, working with hospital staff to improve access to functioning medical equipment. Our trainings focus on improving specific technical knowledge while teaching participants how to best communicate and work effectively in low-resource, cross-cultural environments.






Train and Prepare

Equipment-Repair Training

  • Work with medical equipment in lab and hospitals settings
  • Learn hands-on skills and troubleshooting
  • Study the function and use of common medical devices

Language and Cultural Immersion

  • Gain exposure to other lifestyles and customs
  • Receive tailored language classes, including biomedical vocabulary
  • Live with a local homestay family to heighten cultural engagement

Work with Local Partners

  • Language & Technical Training Centers
  • Hospitals and Clinics
  • K-12 STEM Outreach

Impact a Community

Support Partner Hospitals
(Teams of 2-4)

  • Repair and install medical equipment
  • Contribute to sustainable development by training staff on
    equipment use and maintenance
  • Collaborate with international medical professionals
  • Improve healthcare outcomes in vulnerable populations
  • Grow interpersonal and cross-cultural skills

Join a Community

  • Connect with a global network of medical professionals
  • Build relationships with your homestay family and local community
  • Learn and grow with hospital staff and local technicians
  • Bring your EWH experience home through a University Chapter

Download the Application Packet Here for Full Details


Summer Institute

Returning in 2022: Open to all applicants, the Summer Institute programs are our longest-running programs. Participants spend two months in-country, learning the local language and technical skills while living with a homestay family.

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Campus to Country

In partnership with various universities, C2C programs run three to six weeks, and offer applicants enrolled at partner institutions the opportunity to participate in the EWH Institute Program.

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Virtual Programs

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Engineering World Health is developing virtual programs to foster international exchange even when travel is not possible.

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