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Office of Global Health


Global Health Efforts

Graduate Students

MCW Graduate students are eligible for travel scholarship funding to advance their global health education requirements.

Masters of Science in Global Health Equity
MCW is excited to offer a new Masters of Science in Global Health Equity program beginning in Fall 2020. The MS Global Health Equity program was developed to prepare students to be global health leaders who will learn by engaging with diverse local and global populations. The program provides a mixture of in-person and online courses with a common theme of health equity and an emphasis on community engaged approaches. Students will learn from faculty with extensive and diverse Global Health experiences and will have hands on opportunities to put their knowledge into practice. Applications are now being accepted for this highly interactive program! Visit the program’s website for more details.

Masters of Public Health, "Introduction to Global Health" Course
This is an online elective course in the Master of Public Health program, is recommended for current students and graduate level non-degree seeking students (medical students and residents). Offered annually, this introductory global health course introduces the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between public health and social and economic development. It introduces key concerns regarding nutrition, reproductive health, infectious diseases, and chronic diseases. The course is global in coverage but with an important focus on the health of the diverse populations in communities across the Unites States.

Medical Students -   Global Health Benefits, Global Health Pathway, Medical Spanish Selective

Global burdens of disease are local and global in nature and scope The health of the entire U.S. population can be affected by public health threats or events across the globe. Medical literature has illustrated the positive outcomes for student, resident, fellow and faculty involvement in global health opportunities. The Institute of Medicine’s 2003 report on microbial threats stresses that we should enhance global capacity for responding to infectious disease threats like Ebola or Zika and take a lead role in promoting comprehensive global surveillance systems. 

Global Health Benefits

The medical literature has illustrated the positive outcomes for student, resident, fellow and faculty involvement in global health opportunities. This type of experience is a means for physicians-in-training to learn important lessons about health disparities and cultural diversity and encourages a lifelong commitment to the service of vulnerable communities (Acad Medicine, 2010).

  • Participation in global health electives is associated with increased likelihood of community service, interest in primary care fields and improved skills in problem solving and clinical examination (Acad Medicine 2003).
  • Moreover, physicians and other caregivers who have access to the latest knowledge in biomedical science are better equipped to deal with individual health problems as well as public health threats. (Acad Medicine 2010).
  • Since disease respects neither national boundaries nor government mandates, a better-educated, well-trained cadre of physicians and scientists in a particular country can be more effective in preventing the spread of disease to other parts of the world. (Acad Medicine 2010).
Summer Research

The Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research encourages talented rising M2's to enter the research field during a 10-week hands-on experience. This experience allows students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to address global health issues such as water, injury prevention, and human molecular genetics. Students will be paired with a faculty member and their global and local partners.

Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathways is one of many MCW Scholarly Pathways that are a required component of curriculum for all First and Second Year students and by application in the M3 year. Pathways allow students to individualize their training while exploring a career path of interest.

Under the administration of Academic Affairs, and guidance of the Scholarly Activities Director, the Global Health Pathway is designed for students interested in understanding the unique healthcare needs of patients, families, and communities both locally and globally, in/from neighborhoods to nations, and the challenges/assets of working in these areas of the world with diverse health care resources.

Core curriculum topics are consistent with those proposed by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and other medical schools that have long been on the forefront of global health education and research. Pathway activities are coordinated with the office of Global Health.

For more information contact:

Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Global Health Pathway Co-Director

Megan L. Schultz, MD, MA
Global Health Pathway Co-Director

Medical Spanish Academic Enrichment Selective
Course dates vary each year 

A beginning and advanced medical Spanish course is offered each year to MCW M1 and M2 students. It consists of 4 didactic sessions and 4 conversational sessions, taught by a physician educator and involves Spanish-speaking volunteers from the Milwaukee community. In addition to language skills, the course provides more in depth exploration of Latino culture and the impact of this culture on the interaction between the Spanish speaking patient, their family, and the health care system.

NOTE: At the end of this course, the student will not be prepared to replace the need for an interpreter in medical or emergency situations.

Residents and Fellows

Residents and fellows work with their training program leadership to obtain approval of global health rotations. Ask the Office of Global Health for scholarship opportunities and elective locations.

Several residency programs support residents' global health interests. Here are some examples.

The Department of Pediatrics Global Health Program is an integral part of the Pediatric and Med/Peds Residency Programs. Established in 2007, the primary goals of the program are to:

  1. Develop culturally appropriate curriculum that equips residents to provide compassionate and evidence-based medical care in areas with limited resources
  2. Assist with choosing and preparing for international electives that cater to each resident’s career goals and personal interests
  3. Optimize global health education opportunities both here and abroad
  4. Ensure safe international elective experiences for all trainees
  5. Improve the health of children in developing countries through collaborative partnerships with our Department of Pediatrics and international sites.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine Global Health Track’s objectives are to:

  1. Care for patients in a developing country and learn about the interplay of health, disease, and poverty
  2. Understand community-oriented primary care
  3. Use epidemiologic skills to assess and track the health indices of a community including research design, implementation and evaluation
  4. Develop data analysis and presentation skills
  5. Gain grant writing skills
  6. Advocate for marginalized and vulnerable populations

These are the departmental or division formal training programs with specific educational objectives to advance their specialty for short-term international physicians:

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Dermatology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • EMS
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Hematology
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Retinal Imaging