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The Office of International Health and Safety (OIHS) supports the health, safety, and security of all MSU international travelers.


MSU employs two full-time staff persons dedicated to overseeing international health and safety concerns, and responding to emergencies abroad involving students, faculty or staff. The International Health and Safety Director and Coordinator evaluate risk, plan for emergencies, and manage crises for over 5,000 student, faculty, and staff international travelers each year.

OIHS works closely with the Risk and Security Assessment Committee, the Office for Education Abroad, the University Physician, and colleges/ departments to prevent or minimize the impact of risks to MSU students and employees traveling internationally.

OIHS supports the safety of Spartans traveling internationally by:

  • Providing 24/7 emergency assistance
  • Monitoring international events and global public health concerns
  • Mandatory Critical Incident Management and other specialized training for Education Abroad program directors and assistants
  • Pre-departure orientation and guidance for Education Abroad program participants and non-credit international travelers
  • Developing emergency and crisis management protocols, travel guidelines, and the best health, safety and security practices
  • Assessing risk for education abroad programs, non-credit student travel, and other MSU international projects.
  • Coordinating international health insurance and political unrest/natural disaster evacuation insurance
  • Informing about university policy related to international travel.