Residents, Grad Students and Fellows

Two pathway options are available for graduate level professionals and UCSF trainees: the Global Health Clinical Scholars Program and the Masters of Science in Global Health Sciences.

Global Health Clinical Scholars Program

This Pathway option is known as the Global Health Clinical Scholars Program (GHCSP). It was established in 2006 to provide a program of global health opportunities for the resident/graduate level trainees of all UCSF schools. Applications for the Global Health Clinical Scholars Program are due on February 15th (extended to February 22nd!).

Global Health Clinical Scholars Requirements

  • GHS 101, winter quarter course or online option
  • GHS 211, September course
  • Evening sessions on global health issues and completion of on-line cased-based modules throughout the year 
  • Project design and completion with close faculty mentorship
  • Final project presentation with abstract and poster in May of program completion year

Global Health Clinical Scholars Courses

The Pathway to Discovery in Global Health presently offers the following formal coursework. Future additions will be developed as the program continues to grow.


Global Health Pathways Projects and Legacies

The legacy product is a required for students enrolled in the Pathway to Global Health, and for Global Clinical Health Scholars. This scholarly project can be focused on research, education or health intervention. The legacy projects will be evaluated by a committee, including members of the Graduate Group in Global Health Sciences. Most projects incorporate an experiential component, as explained below (some schools/programs do not support this). In addition to scholarly academic merit, global health legacy products should demonstrate benefit to the country or populations within which they are conducted, along with a degree of longevity or sustainability.

Examples of topics

Legacy products will include

  • building or adding to ongoing longitudinal research projects
  • health intervention programs
  • educational efforts at the various field sites
  • evaluation of the above types of projects
  • policy briefs
Examples of formats
  Project Format Evaluation

A publication, or quality manuscript that adds knowledge to the field, is an original review of a topic area, and is of publishable quality.

Judged purely on research value, but the benefit to the research subjects and how the research results will be disseminated back to them will also be considered.
2 When time and other constraints may limit the ability to collect sufficient original data, an adequate review of relevant literature along with a full report on the research activity may be considered an adequate legacy. Judged to be publishable according to the standard set by the Graduate Group, including the expectation that the manuscript adds knowledge to the field, and is an original review of a topic area.
3 Curricular project with clear linkage to the Pathways such as a formal case study for use in the curriculum or a short course that is actually conducted, with its efficacy assessed and included in a report. Peer review in an appropriate venue such as MedEd Portal.
4 A policy document that serves the needs of a host country, agency, or project; for example, a program evaluation with measurable outcomes and recommendations for improvement. Judged to be publishable according to the standard set by the Graduate Group.
Role of mentors and other faculty in evaluation

To help the Pathways leadership with product evaluations, we will require standardized reports from a UCSF mentor. If a project is done at an international site, an evaluation report is sent from that site by a UCSF faculty member, or a host site supervisor. To identify potential mentors, visit this link.

Experiential Component
  • Trainees can use work in international settings for development or implementation of projects, including clinical work, research, program evaluation or implementation, and medical education programs.
  • Timing of these activities will be shaped partly by the specific school and/or program of each trainee.
  • Trainees can increase this experiential time by adding an extra year to their training, enrolling in the UCSF Masters Program in Global Health, obtaining an MPH, or pursuing other options, including a variety of fellowship/funded opportunities.
  • Opportunities will be preferentially focused in areas where UCSF has established or is establishing long-term relationships.
  • Recent pathways scholars are available here.


Masters Degree in Global Health

Trainees who want to get a degree after completing the core Pathway requirements can apply for the Masters Degree in Global Health.  This full-time 1-year program includes both course work and fieldwork with underserved populations in local or international settings. The degree requires completion of a scholarly project. The program and coursework are described briefly below, and in detail through this Global Health Sciences link: Masters degree in Global Health

Masters Degree in Global Health Requirements

The Masters degree in Global Health requires three quarters of course work and one quarter of field experience. This field experience will be mentored at an international site. The degree will specifically focus on scholarly, publishable research or project implementation or evaluation as a means of fostering entry into global health careers. Experiential learning in the Masters program will involve one quarter carrying out research, or other scholarly program work which will be available at specific UCSF partner sites (such as Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, China, etc.) where key mentoring and supervision is available.

This option is also available for those wishing to get a degree while completing the Global Health Pathway as students or residents. Although the Global Health Pathway requirements would be helpful for Masters applicants, they are not necessary to be accepted into the program. Masters students are considered to be in the Graduate Global Health Pathway, and will be involved in future Pathways mentorship and educational developments.