Global Health Curriculum Bootcamp

The Global Health Curriculum Bootcamp is a professional development program for Bay Area high school teachers to bring global health into their classrooms. Participating teachers work directly with global health professionals and education experts at UCSF to develop a curriculum tailored for their own students. The program includes an intensive summer course, collaborative work throughout the school year, and professional development stipends for qualifying teachers.

The Global Health Curriculum Bootcamp aims to build capacity among Bay Area teachers to educate high school students on the global health issues that impact their own lives (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), to create interest in global health among diverse communities, and ultimately, to encourage students to follow the pathway to pursue global health as a field of study and a career.

Program Format

The Global Health Curriculum Bootcamp begins with an intensive, four-week summer course when high school teacher participants attend lectures and discussions led by UCSF global health faculty and doctoral students. Teachers use self-study time to review readings, case studies, videos, and other course materials.

Participating teachers work with UCSF course leaders and engage in group discussion and exercises to adapt the learning materials for high school students. During self-study time throughout the program and in the final week of the course, teachers design lesson plans, assignments, and learning activities for their own classes.

The program continues throughout the school year as teachers implement the global health curricula in their classrooms. UCSF faculty and researchers serve as mentors and coaches for the teachers through regular check-in meetings; they also may provide guest lectures in their classes. The Bootcamp teachers share their progress with each other and may collaborate on cross-school activities such as research symposia. Teachers share their experiences and assessment of the curriculum at the end of the school year.

Summer Course Schedule

Sample Course (sessions are subject to change)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1

Bootcamp Introduction

One Health


Introduction to Infectious Disease Epidemiology


Week 2

Summarizing Data


Displaying Public Health Data


Public Health Surveillance

Week 3

Outbreak Investigation


COVID-19 Pandemic



Week 4

Self-study (UCSF holiday)

Develop/Adapt the Curriculum


Develop/Adapt the Curriculum

Bootcamp Closing

Application to Participate

Global health involves multiple disciplines, and for that reason the Bootcamp is open to teachers of any subject – including science, history, geography, economics, and more. Teachers do not need previous global health experience, only an interest in global health and a desire to incorporate it into the courses they teach. Participants may qualify for a professional development stipend.

Please check later for the application to the summer 2022 Bootcamp.

Important Dates

Summer 2022 course dates TBD

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