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.

Global Health Fellowships

Global Health Electives

Courses in Global Health

Family Medicine-Specific Global Health Fellowships

Brown Family Medicine Faculty Development for Global Health Fellowship(www.brown.edu)

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.

Additional Information

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
email: Fadya_El_Rayess@brown.edu 

Cahaba Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship(cahabafamilymedicine.com)

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 obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (through the UAB Gorgas Course), and be eligible to sit for the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene CTropMed exam for a certificate in tropical medicine.

The fellowship will also include a spiritual development curriculum. The goal of this component is to first encourage the fellow to grow in their faith and obedience to Jesus Christ. It will also help the fellow develop an understanding of the Great Commission and how to integrate the practice of medicine with their faith.

Additional Information

Casey Hicks, MD
FM-OB Faculty, International Fellowship Director
Cahaba Medical Care
Attn: Brittany Shanks
405 Belcher Street
Centreville, AL 35042

Contra Costa/University of California San Francisco Fellowship(cchealth.org)

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.

Additional Information

Neil Jayasekera, MD
email: Neil.Jayasekera@hsd.cccounty.us

Kevin Bergman, MD
email: kevinleebergman@gmail.com

Florida State University College of Medicine Global Health Fellowship at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida(med.fsu.edu)

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

Gary Goforth, MD
email: gary.goforth@med.fsu.edu

HEAL Initiative Fellowship(healinitiative.org)

The HEAL Initiative 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. 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(healinitiative.org)
University of California, San Francisco

Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (Northern California) Community Medicine and Global Health Fellowship at Napa/Solano (residency-ncal.kaiserpermanente.org)

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 Massachusetts Family Medicine Global Health Fellowship(www.umassmed.edu)

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.

Additional Information

Olga Valdman, MD
email: Olga.valdman2@umassmed.edu

University of South Carolina Global Health Fellowship(residency.palmettohealth.org)

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

Sandra Molina
Family and Preventive Medicine
3209 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
email: sandra.molina@palmettohealth.org

Jeffrey W.W. Hall, M.D.


University of Pennsylvania Global Health Fellowship in Comprehensive Care(www.pennmedicine.org)

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(stmargarets.familymedicine.pitt.edu)

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(depts.washington.edu)

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
email: ghfellow@u.washington.edu

Ventura Global Health Fellowship(www.venturafamilymed.org)

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(www.viachristi.org)

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
email:  Patrick.Allen@ascension.org

Global Health Electives

The Medical Elective Network (Peru): Global health in Peru(medical-electives.net)

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.

This program is CME accredited with AAFP.


Kevin Hurley
The Medical Elective Network

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).

Additional Information

Ronald Pust, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine
PO Box 245052
Tucson, AZ 85724
email: rpust@email.arizona.edu

University of Minnesota Online Global Health Curriculum(www.globalhealth.umn.edu)

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
email: gblhlth@umn.edu

Institute for International Medicine (INMED)(www.inmed.us)

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
email: nicholas@inmed.us

Fogarty Global Health Training Program(www.hsph.harvard.edu)

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
email: pniyiteg@hsph.harvard.edu