Graduate Global Health Program

Curriculum Overview

Through a formal curriculum derived from global health competencies identified by the CUGH, residents, fellows and early career faculty will build a foundation of knowledge in global and public health. Participants will learn to conduct ethical global health research and partnership and gain exposure to ethical and cultural aspects of global health program-building. Didactic sessions are offered on a rotating basis over 2 years so that the curriculum can be completed by participants over 2-3 years. Prior global health experience is not required for participation. Participants must be in good standing with their respective departments and training programs. An overview of the curriculum is shown below.

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

Program Calendar and Admission Process:

Participants must submit a completed application by 8/8/21. Signed commitment forms to tracks are due by 8/15/21. Both forms can be found on the CGH website HERE

Requirement Schedule
Journal Club Biannual: October, March
UIC Global Health Colloquium First Wednesday at noon of every month (Sept-May)
GH Seminar Series Quarterly: September, December, February, April
Experiential Learning Rotation Scheduled on case by case basis. Requires approval from department and from CGH
Mentorship for Global Scholars Ongoing, but required GH mentor report form completed twice a year
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.

Journal Clubs:

Journal clubs will be convened biannually and will be presented by global scholars.  Presenters will work with CGH faculty to select articles that cover topics relevant to global health but are not specialty specific, such as program implementation, current events in global health, and program evaluation.

 UIC Global Health Colloquium Series

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.

 GH Seminar Sessions:

Quarterly seminar sessions will be held that incorporate didactics with hands-on application.

Eight 2-hour seminar sessions are offered on a quarterly basis over 2 years. A minimum of 6 of these seminars (2 research and 4 others) must be completed by those enrolled in the Global Scholars track by the time they complete the program.  A minimum of 4 seminars must be completed by those on the Global Advocates track.

Seminar topics are listed below. Topics 1-4 will be covered in year 1; topics 5-8 will be covered in year 2. These will be held in a zoom format for this upcoming year; sessions will be recorded and be made available to learners who are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

  1. The burden of disease and the impact of globalization on health
  2. Establishing effective community-based partnerships and building capacity
  3. Addressing human rights and vulnerable populations
  4. Integrating qualitative and quantitative research
  5. Exploring the impact of racism and colonialism on global health
  6. Evaluating and monitoring programs
  7. Responding to humanitarian disasters
  8. Writing effective grants and proposals

Experiential Learning

Learners will participate in local or international learning experiences. The length of the experience will vary based on program allowances. Learners should work with their departmental GH contact and CGH to identify potential elective times and sites. All field elective proposals must be submitted to learner’s department and CGH for approval.

Mentorship and Scholarly Project

Participants in the GH Scholars track will be matched with mentors through CGH based on project availability, interests, and educational goals. CGH mentors will work closely with participants to identify and develop an academic project in global health. GH Scholars will complete and submit a scholarly product, such as a manuscript, abstract, or project proposal, by the end of the program. Though mentor meetings will be ongoing, GH Scholars must submit a short mentor reporting form biannually.



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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