Global Health Institute

Connecting people to improve health around the world.

DMA & GSA Programs

Loma Linda University, in partnership with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, provides several global service opportunities for alumni who have the drive to serve in developing countries and the interest in using their healthcare knowledge in the mission field, but may find it unrealistic because of student loans.  

Deferred Missions Appointment (DMA)
For medical and dental students.
The Deferred Missions Appointment Program (DMA) was developed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as a way to enable medical and dental students who are committed to overseas mission service to pursue their professional education with financial stability and to give focus and direction to this commitment.

Global Service Award (GSA)
For all other health care students in the last year of class and alumni within 10 years of graduation.
The Global Service Award (GSA) was created in response to a growing dilemma that many graduates face: the desire to enter mission service while still being able to pay student loans.  Because of changing circumstances in the world and in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it has become increasingly difficult for young LLU alumni to have the financial stability to enter mission service after graduation.  The GSA program has been established to provide educational loan payments for non-medical and dental alumni who wish to serve as volunteers in an international setting upon completion of their studies at LLU.


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