Global Health Program

"My Kenya experience was incredible! I was in charge of 2-3 interns on the wards and helped manage an ICU step down unit. I was able to encounter a wide range of medical issues and handle very critically ill patients. Since this experience, I have definitely grown as a physician. I returned to my residency program much more confident in my knowledge base and clinical skills. The beauty of Kenya is absolutely breat- taking. The safari is a must when traveling to Kenya. The UTMB Internal Medicine Residency Program offers this rotation to 2nd and 3rd year residents interested in global health or just plain wanting an adventure. Everything was pretty much taken care of - from food, a home to stay in, and transportation to/from airport, thereby easing the burden of going to a foreign country." Dr. Jennifer Rivas Bell
"Kenya was an eye opening experience to say the least! I thoroughly enjoyed my wards and ICU experience, and was grateful to have experienced medicine in an area with limited resources. The most fulfilling part of this journey was the warmth and kindness of the people of Kijabe. They were truly accepting, and the medical students and residents were helpful and willing to learn. This global health rotation provided me with the perfect balance of learning, teaching and cultural exposure. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in global health to participate in this life changing experience!" Dr. Sapna Patel

At UTMB, residents have the opportunity to spend entire electives abroad, with sister sites in Africa (Kenya) and South America (Peru). In Kenya, most residents spend their time at Kijabe Hospital, located 40 miles outside of Nairobi on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley. Other sites include University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital and Maua Hospital, located 100 miles northeast of Nairobi. Furthermore, UTMB is part of the Rwanda Health Consortium with plans to help re-build the Rwanda heathcare system. Other affiliated institutions include: Harvard, Duke, Yale, Columbia, UVA, and Brown among others. In South America, UTMB Department of Infectious Disease faculty supervise both research and medical training of residents traveling to Peru.

For those with career aspirations in global health, arrangements can be made for pursuit of graduate degrees such as: MPH, MS, or a qualification pathway to obtain American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) certification in travel and geographic medicine. Each academic year, generally between 5-10 residents choose to travel abroad to practice in the above locations. UTMB Internal Medicine Residency Program is always looking to expand, with new and exciting opportunities to practice medicine abroad.


  • 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


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