IGHS Education

Educating the next generation of global health leaders is central to the mission of UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS). Guided by the vision of founder Haile Debas and propelled by the widespread interest and enthusiasm of students and trainees, IGHS has been a leader in establishing the field of global health sciences as an academic discipline.

We provide interdisciplinary coursework, research training, and invaluable field experiences to our students, and have hundreds of graduates who are addressing critical health challenges around the world. IGHS offered the nation’s first global health master’s degree; developed innovative education programs for health professionals, basic scientists, and international scholars; and launched a PhD program that awarded UCSF's first doctorates in global health sciences in 2019.

IGHS collaborates with faculty in UCSF’s four professional schools (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dentistry) and the Graduate Division to teach in our programs, build a global health education network, and foster a global perspective for all UCSF students, residents, fellows, post-docs, and faculty members. IGHS also partners with other institutions and international organizations to design education programs for specific needs and locations.

Current programs

Our People

Leadership and Administration

  • Inez Bailey, MS, Director of Education and Strategic Initiatives
  • Rachel Cox, MFA, Communications Specialist

Faculty and Curriculum Support

  • Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH, Program Director, MS in Global Health
  • Elizabeth Fair, PhD, MPH, Program Director, PhD in Global Health Sciences
  • Alyssa Bercasio, MS, Course Assistant, MS in Global Health
  • Alden Blair, PhD, MSc, Associate Director, MS in Global Health
  • Shivali Joshi, MS, Course Assistant, MS in Global Health
  • Ali Mirzazadeh, PhD, MD, MPH, Associate Director, PhD in Global Health Sciences
  • Isabella Polese, MS, Course Assistant, MS in Global Health
  • Brooke VanSickle, MS, Course Assistant, MS in Global Health

Student Affairs

  • Minerva Lee, Program Assistant
  • Darlene Mergillano, Graduate Affairs Officer

Our Partners