Global Health Program

"I had the privilege to spend 2 months in Kijabe hospital in Kenya. It was a unique experience. I learned so much from the variety of the pathology, the autonomy of taking decisions and the opportunity to teach others. I recommend all the residents to take an advantage of such a lifetime experience. I have become more confident to work with limited resources and I am really grateful for my time there. A piece of my heart was left there and I plan to go back soon!"
- Patricia Rodriguez, MD

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
  • 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
  • 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)
    I am really happy to have had the opportunity to rotate at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya! The autonomy you have while practicing medicine there with a unique patient population and under limited resources makes the entire experience worthwhile. Would I go back there again if I had a chance? In a heartbeat! The environment and the learning experience you gain during this rotation is unforgettable! I would highly recommend spending a month in Kenya.
    Dr. Pinki Patel
  • 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.

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