About Global Health

The goals of the Global Health Pathway are:

  • To provide UCSF undergraduates with a Pathways Explore option in Global Health, which allows students who are not committed to the Global Health Pathway to investigate a possible career interest in this field.
  • To prepare UCSF undergraduate and graduate trainees to be successful in global health careers, through knowledge acquisition, skill building, and academic project work in the Global Health Pathway to Discovery. The experiential focus of this Pathway will be a mentored project that focuses on an underserved population. Medical students who undertake a Pathways project that meets more rigorous requirements for dissemination, scope, and impact, may also apply for the MD with Distinction in Global Health Program. Students and trainees are also encouraged to consider advanced degree work by enrolling in the Masters in Global Health through Global Health Sciences at UCSF.
  • To support collaborative projects across disciplines and schools by engagement in such inter-professional programs as the complex humanitarian leadership skills training program.

The Global Health Pathway will achieve these goals by offering courses and educational opportunities to build a background understanding of the vocabulary, problems, and concepts in global health, and to develop tools for success in global health careers.

Successful graduates of this program will pursue academic careers in global health research, in global health medical education, in agencies such as the WHO, CDC, USAID, or as project officers in Foundations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates or the Clinton Foundations, or combinations of the above.

A number of different programs are offered to meet these goals.

Health Professional Students

Residents, Graduate Students & Fellows