The UCSF-UC Berkeley Global Health Framework Program (GHFP) was established in September 2008 with funding from the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center to provide a new approach to learning among health professional students. The program focused on providing selected students, early in their careers, the chance to work in multidisciplinary teams on global health projects during the summer at various international sites.
The Global Health Sciences Sandwich Training Program was a unique educational paradigm that assisted developing nations in building their science and technology capacity by providing knowledge relevant to global health research, service, and training. It was designed for Masters and PhD-level global health professionals who desire to make a contribution in their home country. The program used a “sandwich” model of training in which students complete the initial part of their training in their home university, attend UCSF for advanced training in education and research, and return home to complete a thesis on a topic appropriate to their country’s health needs. The final degree was granted by the home university.