Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide



Program Goals

  1. Develop a cohort of scholars from different specialties with similar interests in global health
  2. Teach basic global health principles through a range of fundamental topics
  3. Increase networking opportunities with global health faculty
  4. Provide exposure to multiple career paths within global health
  5. Foster interdisciplinary scholarly work in global health within UCSF clinical training programs
  6. Encourage a commitment to global health issues

Three-week Intensive Course in Global Health

Scholars participate in didactic and small group sessions with leaders in global health to discuss a variety of global health topics, and learn basic research and program evaluation skills.

Monthly Global Health Network Meetings

Scholars and faculty arrange evening meetings on a monthly basis, which help foster community building among scholars. The scholars may invite guest speakers, lead journal reviews, review projects, or arrange for documentary showings with discussions.

Web-based Longitudinal Curriculum

Scholars review a series of global health teaching modules and may also develop modules over the year that will focus on a range of global health topics.

Scholarly Project

Under the mentorship of a UCSF faculty member, scholars will design and complete a project in global health that will be disseminated in one or more forums. The project may involve clinical research, program development or evaluation, policy work, educational tool development, or other innovative inquiries at home or abroad.

Immersion Experience

Depending on their school and program, scholars generally spend a minimum of one month in a resource-scarce country practicing clinical medicine, conducting a research project, or participating in program development. To ensure that our programs are mutually beneficial, we encourage scholars to go to sites where UCSF has longitudinal projects, facilitating a rich commitment to truly collaborative research and capacity building.


Funding for projects and travel is available on a competitive basis from the The Global Health Clinical Scholars Project Grant. Scholars are eligible to apply for travel fund awards to help support their global health projcts. IT hardware, including computers, tablets, and smartphones are not funded. The awards are given on a quarterly basis in the amounts of $500-$3,000. Click here for more information and application links.