• Fellowships, Courses and Electives 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.

    Family Medicine-Specific Global Health Fellowships

    Brown Family Medicine Faculty Development for Global Health Fellowship

    This unique, two-year fellowship program is a joint project of the Department of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University/Kent Hospital of Rhode Island, Thundermist Community Health Center, and Blackstone Vallue Community Health Center, leading federally-funded community health centers in Rhode Island. Family physicians pursuing careers in global health are often called upon to engage in teaching, leadership, clinical care, and research in low- and middle-income countries. 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, leadership, and clinical skills for a variety of settings and learners, curriculum design, and educational scholarship.

    Additional Information

    Daria Szkwarko, DO, MPH
    Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Global Health Faculty Development Fellowship
    Department of Family Medicine
    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    111 Brewster Street
    Pawtucket, RI  02860

    Cahaba Medical Care

    The Cahaba Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship is a one-year post-residency fellowship that aims to train family medicine physicians who wish to devote much of their clinical practice to international medicine. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, fellows will have completed a tropical medicine course and be eligible to sit for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene CTropMed exam. The fellowship includes dedicated time to learning ultrasound, wound care, HIV and TB care. Fellows will also have up to 12 weeks for international rotations.

    The fellowship will also include a spiritual development curriculum to help the fellow grow in their commitment to love and serve people all over the world and learn to integrate the practice of medicine and faith.

    Additional Information

    Casey Hicks, M.D.
    Global Health Fellowship Director

    Contra Costa/University of California San Francisco Fellowship

    The Contra Costa/UCSF Global Health Fellowship mission is to equip family physicians with the knowledge and experience to be leaders in global health. Our global health fellows support the development of nascent family medicine residency programs and primary care delivery in under-resourced countries through collaboration, mentorship and clinical education. As a global health fellow you will have the opportunity to learn, serve and teach abroad for 6 month of the 1 year fellowship. In the other 6 months you will receive training in clinical Family Medicine, tropical medicine, POCUS, faculty development, and course work in global health leadership skills and research at UCSF.

    For further info about the Contra Costa/UCSF global health fellowship contact:

    Matthew Fentress, MD, MSc, DTM&H

    Neil Jayasekera, MD

    Florida State University College of Medicine Global Health Fellowship at Lee Health

    This is a one-year fellowship to train physicians in global health. Fellows spend 40-50% of their time overseas at mission hospitals and international FM residencies in alternating 2-3 month cycles. Time spent stateside is in Ft. Myers, FL, where fellows work as junior faculty with much flexibility of schedule and time protected for learning in: Tropical Medicine, Faculty Development, Orthopedics/Trauma, HIV, Ultrasound, Travel Clinic and Language skills.

    Additional Information

    Lee Coghill, MD
    FSU COM Family Medicine Residency at Lee Health
    (239) 849-7907

    HEAL Initiative Fellowship

    The HEAL Initiative Fellowship recruits US-trained physicians from a variety of specialties (IM, FM, Med-Peds, Peds, OBGYN, Psychiatry, Surgery, Anesthesiology) who are passionate about global health equity. During the two-year fellowship, HEAL fellows are immersed at partner organizations aiding the underserved, splitting their time between a US and an international site. For Family Medicine trained fellows, the placement sites in the US include, Navajo Nation and Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, CA. Internationally, placement countries include Mexico, Mali, Liberia, and Malawi. Half of the HEAL fellows are US physicians and the other half are HEAL fellows from our partner sites. This allows for an incredibly diverse and interprofessional training community. 

    Fellows participate in intensive in-person training, mentorship, online graduate degree, ongoing curriculum, and join a community of like-minded and passionate health professionals. Applicants must have completed a residency program by the start of their fellowship.

    Additional Information

    Joseph Scarpelli, MPH
    Program Director, HEAL Initiative
    University of California, San Francisco

    University of Arizona College of Medicine Global Health Intensive Course

    Started in 1982, this intensive 3-week global health/public health course aims to prepare health professionals to work in low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) by giving them the basis to analyze issues which affect health in those settings. This is a full-time (approx. 135 hours), in-person, small group, problem-solving, interactive course.  Interdisciplinary course faculty are drawn from a variety of fields, and they bring to the course their experiences and expertise.

    The course is also offered in a virtual format (MED 896O Global Health Online Intensive Course) made up of individual learning modules based on the in-person materials (through Community D2L).

    Additional Information

    Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, Co-Director, Global Health Programs, aldulaim@arizona.edu
    Jerry Koleski, MD, Co-Director, Global Health Programs, jkoleski@arizona.edu
    Department of Family & Community Medicine
    1501 N Campbell Ave.
    PO Box 245472
    Tucson, AZ 85724

    Global Health Electives

    The Medical Elective Network (Peru): Global Health in Peru

    The Medical Elective Network offer healthcare professionals and students the opportunity to experience healthcare provision in Peru and develop their medical Spanish skills. This program is available for a period from 2 to 10 weeks. Participants can choose to combine a medical Spanish immersion program with clinical rotations, or to participate on just one of these two program elements. All participants get involved in weekly community health fairs, attending to different resource-poor communities in different areas of the city.

    Hospital rotations are available at several hospitals and in most areas of medicine. The medical Spanish immersion course is taught at all levels by our team of both physicians and language teachers. Classes can be taken for 4 or 7 hours per day.

    Additional Information

    Kevin Hurley, Director
    The Medical Elective Network

    Courses in Global Health

    University of Minnesota Online Global Health Curriculum

    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.

    Additional Information

    Norrie Zier
    Variety Club Research Center
    401 East River Parkway, Ste. 131
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Institute for International Medicine (INMED)

    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.

    Additional Information

    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

    Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (Northern California) Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship at Napa/Solano 

    The Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano Community Medicine and Global Health (CMGH) fellowship is designed to train family medicine physicians to become teachers, mentors and leaders in community medicine and global health. During this 13-month fellowship (July 1 – July 31), fellows will work with CMGH faculty to provide Community-Oriented Primary Care in medically underserved communities, engage in health disparities research and community based research projects. Fellows will spend some of their clinical time at La Clinica North Vallejo and Ole Health in Napa, occasionally precepting medical students and residents. Additionally, fellows will facilitate relationships between community partners and the Kaiser Napa Solano Family Medicine Residency Program (KPNSFMRP) to integrate enriching, educational experiences into the resident community medicine rotation and the medical student community medicine sub-internship.

    Additional Information

    Jennifer Ly

    University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship

    The University of Cincinnati Department of Family & Community Medicine, Division of Urban, Underserved and Global Health offers a one or two-year post-residency Global Health Faculty Development Fellowship designed for physicians interested in caring for underserved/vulnerable populations while strengthening their competency and academic standing in global health through scholarship activity. Two-year fellows can get tuition remission for a Master's in Public Health (with a concentration in global health) or a Master's in Science in Clinical and Translational Research, or a discount on a Master's in Medical Education. Tuition remission is available for fellows for a graduate certificate in Clinical and Translational Research, Community-Engaged Research for Health, or a discount is available for a certificate in Medical Education. A discount is also available for fellows to participate in WVU's Clinical Tropical Medicine Course.

    The fellowship involves about 20 hours/week of clinical care for underserved and immigrant/refugee populations in Cincinnati through the City of Cincinnati Health Department Primary Care offices, and four weeks per year of clinical work within our partnership with Wuqu’ Kawoq/Maya Health Alliance in Guatemala. Depending on partner capacity, an alternate site is with Village Life Outreach Project in Shirati, Tanzania. Fellows are able to be trained in asylum medicine through a medicolegal partnership with the Immigrant & Refugee Law Center. 

    Family Medicine Physicians excited to make global health part of their career with a focus on either Latin America or Sub-Saharan Africa are encouraged to apply. Fellowship salary is based on PGY level with entry-level adjunct faculty appointment.    

    Additional Information

    Shanna Stryker MD MPH
    Interim Fellowship Program Director
    University of Cincinnati Department of Family & Community Medicine

    University of Massachusetts Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship

    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.

    University of South Carolina Global Health Fellowship

    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.

    Additional Information

    Jeffrey W.W. Hall, MD

    USC/Prisma Health Travel Clinic Medical Director
    Global Health Post-Graduate Fellowship Director
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences
    Clinical Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine
    University of South Carolina School of Medicine

    Email: Jeff.hall@uscmed.sc.edu


    University of Pennsylvania Global Health Fellowship in Comprehensive Care

    The University of Pennsylvania Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in collaboration with the Guatemala-Penn-Partners and the Hospitalito Atitlan is offering the Global Health Fellowship in Comprehensive Health. This unique opportunity allows a fellow to develop clinical, educational and leadership skills in the care of underserved populations in West Philadelphia and Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

    The fellow has the option of a one or two-year fellowship with clinical, community outreach and teaching responsibilities at both Penn Family Care and the Hospitalito Atitlan. Responsibilities will include low risk OB, inpatient, outpatient and community outreach as well as, supervision of residents and medical students teaching in the Hospitalito.

    Additional Information

    Anna Doubeni, MD, MPH

    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Family Medicine Faculty Development Global Health Fellowship

    UPMC Family Medicine Faculty Development for Global Health Fellowship seeks to prepare physicians for global leadership in Family Medicine Education by building on established training in Family Medicine scholarship and education through international medicine, public health, cultural competence and health care leadership training in international contexts. Graduates will be prepared to contribute to Family Medicine residency training and medical school departments in the US and globally.

    Additional Information

    Paul Larson, MD, MS, DTMH

    University of Washington Global Health Fellowship

    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.

    Additional Information

    Gwen Credit, MA
    University of Washington Family Medicine Residency
    Global Health Fellowship
    331 NE Thornton Place
    Seattle, WA 98125

    Ventura Global Health Fellowship

    The Ventura Family Medicine Residency Faculty and the Ventura Global Health Project have collaborated to offer a unique fellowship opportunity. This one-year program focuses on hands-on training in both domestic and international underserved populations, and takes place in Ventura California, N’Djamena Chad, Monrovia Liberia, and Santo Tomas de la Union Guatemala. Fellows and partner sites aim to have a sustainable impact in the communities they work while providing valuable services in the field. The program supports a model of global health that focuses on community needs and education for tomorrow’s global health practitioners.

    Additional Information

    Jim Neitz

    Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship

    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.

    Additional Information

    Patrick L Allen, MD
    Todd Stephens, MD
    Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship
    707 N. Emporia
    Wichita, KS 67214

    Fogarty Global Health Training Program

    The Fogarty Global Health Training Program offers opportunities in global health research training for pre- and post-doctoral candidates from the U.S. and lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the program is to generate a new cadre of global health researchers, educators, and professionals who will be prepared to address the new challenges in global health. The program will provide fellows with a one-year mentored research fellowship in innovative global health research to promote health equity for populations around the world. Thirteen training sites across nine countries in Africa and Asia are available in 2017-18 through the Harvard-BU-Northwestern-UNM Consortium.

    Additional Information

    Patricie Niyitegeka, Assistant Director
    Global Health Research Partnership
    Department of Global Health and Population
    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health