Fellowships and Courses in Global Health
A number of fellowships and courses exist that appeal to physicians, medical students, and health care professionals interested in global health education and training. These resources offer summaries of programs/courses and contacts to begin your journey in the field of global health.
Global Health Fellowships
Courses in Global Health
Family Medicine-Specific Global Health Fellowships
This unique, two-year fellowship program is a joint project of the Deparatment of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and Thundermist Community Health Center, a leading federally-funded community health center. Family physicians pursuing careers in global health are often called upon to provide direct clinical care, teaching, and leadership in resource-limited communities. This fellowship is specifically designed to equip physicians with the skills necessary to meet these needs. The goal of the program is to provide fellows with a strong foundation in teaching and clinical skills for a variety of settings and learners, curriculum design, and educational scholarship.
Fadya El Rayess, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Global Health
Department of Family Medicine
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
111 Brewster Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
The Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency program has a strong reputation for attracting physicians dedicated to working with the underserved both nationally and overseas. In 2011, residents of the global health track requested further training beyond residency to strengthen global health skills with focused support and mentorship. Through this initiative, the Global Health Fellowship was born, spearheaded by Dr. Neil Jayasekera.
An initial collaboration was created with Massachusetts General Hospital's (MGH) Division of Global Health and Human Rights to support medical education in East Africa in 2011. The first project with MGH focused on rebuilding medical education in South Sudan after the long war in Sudan ended. The second project partnered with Maseno University Medical School in Western Kenya to develop a new Family Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency. Fellows also pursued projects outside the collaboration with Massachusetts General, including providing medical care to Tibetan refugees in Dharmsala, India, and training frontline health workers in rural mountain villages in Chiapas, Mexico.
The Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency became a UCSF affiliate in 2013, and the new Contra Costa/UCSF global health fellowship was started in 2015.
Neil Jayasekera, MD
Kevin Bergman, MD
The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship seeks to train family physicians to become leaders in global family medicine by training them to be clinicians, advocates, community health scholars, and teachers locally and globally through equitable local-global partnerships. Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship training will be done in collaboration with Umass Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellowship with opportunities for joint learning, collaboration, and experience sharing.
Olga Valdman, MD
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Family Medicine (UNC DFM) is offering a two year Global Health Education Fellowship for a recent graduate of an accredited US Family Medicine Residency Program interested in developing a global health career. The Fellow would spend six months per year in León, Nicaragua (site of the UNC Program in Nicaragua). While in Nicaragua, the fellow would work with Nicaraguan partners at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, León to improve primary care education and assist with Family Medicine curriculum development. The Fellow would spend the remaining six months per year performing clinical work at UNC DFM (including partnering with the NC Migrant Farmworker Program) and have some protected time to continue to advance educational programs in Nicaragua and be mentored by faculty in the DFM, UNC School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health. The rich environment of the Triangle area offers ample opportunity to explore global health career paths, including education, research and programmatic work.
Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH
Martha Carlough, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Department of Family Medicine
590 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
The University of South Carolina Global Health Fellowship is an innovative program that will substantially expand a physician’s efforts to advance health around the world through research, education, and clinical service.
This is a two-year program which partners with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the Arnold School of Public Health, Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, and Fairfield Memorial Hospital, as well as international partners to focus on strengthening primary care capacity in developing nations. A strong body of literature demonstrates that, across the spectrum of national incomes, nations with strong primary care have better health outcomes at lower cost. Conversely, medical disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak highlight that nations with weak health systems are particularly vulnerable to such unexpected and overwhelming needs. Despite this clear need, historically, relatively few efforts have targeted primary care development.
Now is a key time to change the global health conversation by increasing the emphasis on primary care as the foundation for treating the wide variety of medical problems humanity faces. Hence the need for primary care physicians to gain the public health skills and practical experience needed to revolutionize health care systems at home and around the world.
Family and Preventive Medicine
3209 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
The Fellowship in Global Health at the University of Washington (UW) is designed to train future leaders, including academic faculty, in global health. The fellowship is a one-year post-residency training opportunity focusing on further developing skills and expertise in working with underserved populations in the United States and within resource-poor settings globally.
The Global Health Fellowship consists of longitudinal clinical experiences in primary care, as well as specialty rotations and opportunities to work abroad for up to two months. The fellow will have his or her continuity clinic based at the University of Washington Family Medicine Residency Northgate Clinic, where he or she will also act as faculty for the UW Northgate Travel Clinic.
Specialty rotations will be determined by the fellows’ specific interests and can include opportunities at local tuberculosis, HIV, and infectious disease clinics, as well as other travel medicine clinical sites and county public health centers. Additionally, fellows have the option of taking courses at UW’s Department of Global Health during the fellowship. Academic research is encouraged and expected. Educational experiences are supported with a strong didactic series and journal club. The fellow is also encouraged to be active in national global health organizations and present at local and national meetings and conferences.
The University of Washington Global Health Fellowship is ideal for dynamic, bright, energetic applicants with a desire to develop strong clinical, research, and teaching skills, and who want to make a true impact in the field of global health and development.
Gwen Credit, MA
University of Washington Family Medicine Residency
Global Health Fellowship
331 NE Thornton Place
Seattle, WA 98125
The Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship (IFMF) was developed and launched in 2008 to train American family physicians that have a purpose and passion to serve in developing countries. For those who have served as a medical student or resident, one quickly recognizes that our American medical training is not adequate to prepare a physician to serve effectively in developing countries where human and medical resources are limited, where diseases are different, and where the scope of your practice is much broader than what is expected of a family physician in the U.S.
The IFMF was developed to address these areas and to give family physicians a unique knowledge base and clinical skills set necessary to serve effectively and successfully among the poor and underserved in developing countries. The IFMF is a tangible expression of the mission statement of Via Christi with a goal to provide real training to mobilize a force of compassionate, competent family physicians that will go and make a real difference in transforming the lives and health of nations.
Todd Stephens, MD
Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship
707 N. Emporia
Wichita, KS 67214
Courses in Global Health
University of Arizona College of Medicine Global Health: Clinical and Community Care(globalhealth.arizona.edu)
The University of Arizona Global Health course is a small group, problem-solving course preparing third and fourth year (North American) medical students, primary care residents, and health care professionals for experiences in developing countries. This is a full-time (80 class hours), intensive, interactive course. Multi-disciplinary faculty with clinical experience guide participants in adapting clinical skills and World Health Organization public health concepts in resource-poor nations. Visiting students receive three to four weeks of elective credit at their home institute (which must arrange the actual overseas preceptorship or rotation).
Ronald Pust, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
PO Box 245052
Tucson, AZ 85724
The University of Minnesota offers two options for health care providers interested in improving their knowledge and skills in global health. The comprehensive Online Global Health Course provides a foundation for practitioners who include or are planning to include international medicine in their careers. The other option is enrolling in the family medicine specialty series module, which provides an additional option for primary care providers and health practitioners seeking a more tightly focused curriculum.
Variety Club Research Center
401 East River Parkway, Ste. 131
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The Institute for International Medicine (INMED) exists to equip health care professionals and students with the unique skills necessary to effectively serve the world’s most forgotten people. We are a nonprofit educational organization that offers didactic instruction in the full range of global health topics via online, hybrid, and in-classroom courses, as well as through conferences. We also complement such instruction with supervised service-learning experiences for health care students and professionals at over 45 INMED Training Sites in 20 low-resource countries.
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIM and PH
President and CEO, Institute for International Medicine
2340 E. Meyer Blvd, Building 1, Suite 338-A
Kansas City, MO 64132