Graduate Global Health Program

To improve health equity in sustainable ways, our global health resident physicians, fellows, and faculty need to demonstrate competency in domains including capacity strengthening, collaboration, program management, strategic analysis, social justice, and ethics, among others. The program offers two tracks: Global Health Advocates and Global Health Scholars. Global Health Advocates are invited to participate in the global health educational curriculum and approved international field experiences. Global Health Scholars complete a global health educational curriculum and a scholarly project, receive dedicated mentorship, and are eligible to apply for project funding. This curriculum is intended to enhance the training of our global health residents and faculty to translate knowledge into action in order to promote health equity.

Target Audience

Global Health Advocates

  • For learners interested in exploring global health or advancing their knowledge or skills in international clinical electives
  • Participants learn foundational global health concepts and best practices for short term experiences in global health

Global Health Scholars

  • For learners who want a more intensive scholarly experience and aim to build careers in global health
  • Participants learn advanced concepts in global health practice and best practices for global health capacity building and research


Global Health Advocates

  • Participate in mandatory minimum of global health educational activities at UIC
  • For those completing field experience, complete pre-departure training and post-trip debriefing

Global Health Scholars

  • Participate in a mandatory minimum of global health educational activities at UIC
  • Receive mentorship to complete a global health scholarly project
  • For those completing field experience, complete pre-departure training and post-trip debriefing
  • Eligible for funding from the CGH to support fieldwork related to their scholarly project

Certificate Requirements

Global Health Advocates

  • Attend a minimum of 1 biannual journal club per year
  • Participate in a minimum of 4 GH seminar series by the end of the program
  • Attend a minimum of 2 UIC CGH Global Health Colloquium Sessions

Global Health Scholars

  • Attend a minimum of 1 biannual journal clubs per year and present at one by the end of the program
  • Participate in 6 GH seminar series by the end of the program
  • Attend a minimum of 4 UIC CGH Global Health Colloquium Sessions
  • Submit twice yearly scholarly project reports to CGH faculty
  • Develop, implement, and present a global health scholarly project by the end of the program

Didactic Curriculum

The didactic curriculum of the global health graduate training program will be offered on a rotating basis over 2 years and targets global health competencies identified by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH; Jogerst et al, 2015). Residents and early career faculty will gain knowledge in basic global health concepts, attain exposure to ethical and cultural aspects of global health program-building, and strengthen skills in partnership building and conducting ethical global health research. The curriculum is designed to be completed over 2-3 years; didactic sessions will be offered on a rotating basis over 2 years. An outline of the proposed curriculum is shown below.

Component Schedule
GH Seminar Series Quarterly: September, December, February, April
UIC Global Health Colloquium Sessions First Wednesday at noon of every month (Sept-May)
Journal Club Biannual: October, March
Mentorship for Global Scholars Ongoing, but required GH mentor report form completed twice a year
Field rotation (can be international or local) Scheduled on case by case basis. Requires approval from department and from CGH
Scholarly product for Global Scholars (abstract, manuscript, program proposal, etc) Due May of graduating year of residency/fellowship. Due May of year expecting certificate for early career faculty.

Global Health Seminar Series

The quarterly Global Health Seminar Series is intended to provide learners with a deeper understanding of global health by focusing on real life application of concepts and methods. The sessions are designed to meet all competencies outlined by CUGH as well as high-yield research topics in global health. Participants, particularly those with no global health experience, will attend an initial session that covers foundational topics in global health, such as burden of disease, a review of noncommunicable vs communicable diseases, and the relationship between health and human rights. The remaining sessions will build upon these foundational topics to give learners a master’s level knowledge of global health topics, such as ethics in global health, capacity building, humanitarian emergencies, program evaluation, and implementation science.

Participants will be assigned multimedia learning activities (either a short video or 1-2 reading assignments) to be completed before the in-person sessions. Sessions will be structured as 2 hour sessions with short lectures with the majority of class time reserved for discussion and completion of case-based exercises, writing activities, or simulation. Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, in-person attendance is ideal; however, lectures will be recorded and available for those unable to attend in person. Additionally, these sessions may be reformatted as webinars or other web-based learning in the event in-person classes are not permitted.

Journal Clubs

Biannual journal clubs will be presented by Global Health Scholars with CGH faculty support. Journal club presenters are encouraged to select topics that are relevant to global health but not necessarily to one specialty, such as program implementation, current events in global health, and program evaluation.

The UIC Global Health Colloquium Sessions

CGH hosts a monthly global health series (September to May) in collaboration with the UIC College of Nursing and School of Public Health. These sessions feature guest speakers from a variety of disciplines who share expertise across various aspects of global health practice, including program implementation, capacity building, and clinical programs. Attending these sessions allows participants to meet and learn from a variety of experts in global health.

Experiential Learning

Learners will participate in local or international learning experiences. Participants will submit field elective proposals to their departments and CGH for approval.


Amber Hathcock

Associate Director of Graduate Global Health Programs
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Stacey Chamberlain

Director of Academic Programs
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Olamide Jarrett

Associate Director of Academic Programs
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Jeanne Burian

Program Coordinator
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