Global Health Program

At UTMB, each resident has an opportunity to spend electives abroad, with sister sites in Africa (Kenya) and South America (Peru). For those with career aspirations in global health, arrangements can be made for pursuit of one or more of the following options: MPH, MS, a qualification pathway to sit for the ASTMH certification examination in travel and geographic medicine. Each academic year, generally between 5-10 residents choose to travel abroad to practice in these locales.

    UTMB has a variety of programs and institutes that focus on Global Health

  • Global Health Education Program
  • Center to Eliminate Health Disparities
  • Global Health Consortium
  • Center for Training in International Health
  • Center for Tropical Diseases
  • Global Health Inter-professional Core Course
  • Global Grand Rounds
  • "I would highly recommend spending one month in Kenya because you get to see an entirely different patient population. You become more autonomous in clinical decision-making and work in a new environment with fewer resources than what we are used to here. Being immersed in such a different culture for one month was an unforgettable experience. I felt like I was able to broaden my mind as a physician as well as a person. "
    - Kiran Ubhayakar, MD
  • Global Health Lecture Series
  • Field Epidemiology Course
  • Institute for Human Infection and Immunology

    Global Health Expansion

  • The UTMB Residency Global Health Program is expanding, with new and exciting opportunities to work abroad at one of our sister sites
  • UTMB Department of Infectious Disease faculty supervise both research and practice abroad throughout the academic year
  • Residents are able to spend a one month in Kenya or in Peru at our partner hospitals where they will work as a an upper level resident on a wards team
  • Site options include:
    • Kijabe Hospital, 40 miles outside of Nairobi on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley
    • University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital
    • Maua hospital (100 miles north east of Nairobi)
  • Five Internal Medicine faculty are involved in the program and over 40 medical students have also dedicated one month abroad under Department of Medicine supervision.
  • UTMB is also part of the Rwanda Health Consortium, a USAID-funded plan to re-make the Rwanda healthcare system. Other partner institutions include Harvard, Duke, Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Colorado, Maryland and others.

"Kenya was an invaluable experience for me. Not only did I gain medical experience, but it also made me appreciate the resources we have available in the US."
- Cindy Lyou, MD

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