Global Health Track

The Global Health Track is a comprehensive, four-year curriculum in global health that is integrated into the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Recognizing that true competence in global health requires more than clinical skill, the Global Health Track curriculum draws upon disciplines throughout the University and exposes students to other critical fields including epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, sociology, anthropology, law, ethics, and human rights. The Global Health Track combines didactic, seminar, clinical and research components with the goal of providing students the skills to function more effectively in any global setting, working not only with individual patients, but with health systems and institutions.

All Pritzker students will have the opportunity to partake in global health education experiences during their four years at Pritzker. Selection of GHST participants will be based on a written application, an interview with the Global Health Track faculty and identification of a suitable mentor.

Core Components of the Global Health Track:

  1. Global Health Lecture Series 
    This lecture exposes students to a variety of topics about global health issues. Lecturers include both University of Chicago faculty members and guest faculty.
  2. Required First-Year Topical Elective 
    As a component of the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum, students in the Global Health Track are required to enroll in a track-specific elective during the spring quarter of their first year. Currently, the Global Health Track offers two track-specific electives: 1) Global Public Health; 2) Global HIV/STD and Community Outreach.
  3. International Experience 
    Students enrolled in the Global Health Track participate in two international experiences, primarily at sites developed and approved by faculty on the basis of research infrastructure, clinical opportunities, and faculty supervision. The first international experience is completed after the student's first year and is designed to introduce students to the challenges of conducting research and practicing clinical medicine in resource-limited settings. Students may work with a faculty member and participate in the Summer Research Program (SRP), Human Rights Program Fellowship, Global Health Scholars Funding, or an individually-designed option (with faculty approval). The second international experience, to be completed during the student's fourth year, is meant to be a substantial experience that forms the basis of the student's scholarly project. Preparatory seminars and observational time in the Travel Clinic are required. Students are eligible to receive funds to support their Scholarship & Discovery travels. The Global Health Track International Experience page and Global Health Scholars Funding page provides additional information about these experiences. To view video narratives of students travel experiences please visit the featured experiences page on the Center for Global Health site.
  4. Mentorship
    Students meet with various faculty who help them identify an area of interest. Students are then matched with mentors whose background and experiences align with the students' clinical and research interests. Students will work with their mentors throughout their four years.
  5. Clinical Training 
    Students supplement their required medical school clinical curriculum by participating in local community health clinics that provide care to underserved and immigrant populations.
  6. Final Projects 
    Students in the Global Health Track are required to complete a review paper and research proposal with pilot data by the end of their second year. Students must complete their research project by the end of the fourth year.

Examples of Student Work

Additional information can be found on the Center for Global Health website.