Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


About E & T

Global Health Sciences has developed a range of programs to prepare the next generation of researchers and clinicians for careers in global health. The overall scope of GHS Education and Training reflects the vibrant community of multinational and interdisciplinary scholars working to improve health and reduce disease.

Degree Program

Masters of Science in Global Health Sciences

The Global Health Sciences (GHS) MS degree is a one-year, four-quarter program designed for students or practitioners in a health science profession or related field (anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, law, or international studies) who wish to acquire expertise and leadership in the field of global health.

Open to: Students and practitioners in health science professions or related fields who wish to achieve mastery and leadership skills in global health. A “related field” may be anthropology, sociology, environmental studies, law, journalism or international studies—a discipline that interacts with and informs the field of global health.

Apply: We are now accepting applications for the 2014–15 Masters class.

Other Training Programs

Pathway to Discovery in Global Health

In-depth study and experience in global health to prepare health professionals for global health careers. The program offers courses and training opportunities for students to enhance their understanding of global health problems, concepts and skills for successful careers in global health.

Open to: All UCSF students (SOM, SON, SOP, SOD and Graduate Division)


Global Health Clinical Scholars Program (GHCSP)

Specialized training for UCSF residents, scholars, fellows, and postgraduate students who want to formally incorporate global health into their clinical and research training, as well as their careers. The curriculum includes a three-week classroom course, monthly seminars, web-based asynchronous curriculum, and a mentored project with a local or global underserved population.

Open to: All UCSF postgraduate students and trainees


Complex Humanitarian Emergency (CHE) Simulation Leadership Training

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, the CHE simulation trains health care and other professionals to provide leadership as first responders during local and global humanitarian emergencies.

Open to: All UCSF students and UC Berkeley graduate students. Health professional students at other universities may participate if space allows.

Next training: Fall 2013

Past Programs

Global Health Framework Program (GHFP)

Who: UCSF students in the health professions and UCB students in public health

What: Training program to promote inter-disciplinary learning among UCSF students in the health professions. The program incorporates multi-disciplinary learning and teamwork. Students enroll in global health lectures and seminars and take part in an international summer experiential learning project involving inter-disciplinary teams.

Sandwich Certificate Training Program

Who: Students from partner institutions in developing countries

What: International Masters and PhD students complete their initial training in their home university attend UCSF for advanced training in global health education and research, and return home to complete a thesis on a topic appropriate to one of their country’s health needs. “Sandwich” students help develop global health science workforces. The final degree is granted by the home university.