The Wide-Reaching Effects of Global Health
Because the health of patients within U.S. borders is affected by the health of populations worldwide, and health outcomes in other countries can be affected by developments in the U.S., family physicians have a significant stake in global health issues.
- 70,000: Average number of refugee arrivals in the United States per year2
- 232 million: Number of international migrants worldwide in 20133
- 40 million: Approximate number of foreign-born people currently living in the United States4
Get Involved with Global Health
Global Health involvement allows family physicians to:
- Focus on vulnerable populations worldwide
- Use the resources, knowledge, and experience of diverse societies to address health challenges
- Combine population-based health promotion and disease prevention with individual-level care
The AAFP offers a wide variety of information, tools, and resources on global health.
Getting Started in Global Health
Interested in global health, but not sure of how or where to begin? Start here.
Global Health Education for Medical Students and Residents
Discover ways to get involved learning about and serving in global health during medical school and residency.
Fellowships, Courses, and Electives in Global Health
Pursue additional training in global health through a variety of fellowship and learning programs.
Guiding Principles for Service Learning Programs
Understand recommended, family-medicine oriented training and guidelines for global health service learning programs.
Preparing for Global Health Work as a Family Physician
As a practicing physician, there are many things to consider as you prepare to serve in global health. We've prepared an overview for you.
Domestic Opportunities in Global Health
You don't have to leave the U.S. to serve in global health. Find out how to get involved where you live.
Service Opportunities for Students and Residents
Browse the directory of organizations with international service opportunities for medical students and residents.
Global Health Organizations Founded/Operated by AAFP Members
Learn more about global health organizations founded and/or operated by AAFP members.
Polaris Programs in Global Health
Join one of WONCA's movements for new and future family physicians.
Global Health Speakers' Bureau
Email us to connect with a global health expert in your area, who will speak with your group about various global health topics.
Global Health Resources
Review an array of in-print and online resources and references on global health issues and topics.
Search the Global Health Database
Find contact information for physicians and other care providers by area of expertise in international and global health.
Scholarships and Funding
Review a list of global health scholarship opportunities and funding options to facilitate involvement in global health.
2015-2024: International Decade for People of African Descent
1. Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. 2009;373(9679):1993-1995.
2. Population Facts No. 2013/2. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Available at: http://esa.un.org/unmigration/documents/The_number_of_international_migrants.pdf. Published September, 2013. Accessed October 20, 2014.
3. Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States. Migration Policy Institute. Available at: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states-0. Published March 21, 2012. Accessed October 20, 2014.
4. Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2014 Report to the Congress. United States Department of State, United States Department of Homeland Security. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/219137.pdf. Accessed October 20, 2014.