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School of Medicine | Global Health Scholarly Concentration


The Global Health Scholarly Concentration at UTMB offers a unique opportunity for medical students to study the many dimensions of global health and development, and gain hands-on experience working in settings around the globe.


All students enrolled in UTMB's School of Medicine are eligible to apply for the GHSC. Students should demonstrate a strong interest in global health issues, and be able to participate in all the required activities, including overseas electives. To remain in the scholarly concentration, students must successfully complete each required activity as outlined in the table below. Students who complete the scholarly concentration will be eligible to sit for the Certification Exam in Tropical and Travel Medicine through the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Full certification by ASTMH requires a medical diploma and a license, so cannot be completed until after graduation


The curriculum is integrated into the full four years of medical school, and involves coursework, clinical and/or research electives overseas, as well as a Capstone project. The basic elements of the curriculum are noted in the table below. Some of the topics covered in the scholarly concentration include global public health, global infectious diseases, epidemiology, maternal and child health, nutrition, sustainable development for health, and social determinants of health and their impact on the global burden of disease.