Curriculum & Global Sites


  • PGY 1         Application& Selection

         Dyad Mentor

         Research Project & Site Selection

  • PGY 2         Core Didactic Curriculum

Introduction to Global Health for Trainees

  • PGY 2         Journal Club
  • PGY 2         Career Speaker Series
  • PGY 2        Research Progress Meetings
  • PGY 2/3     Subspecialty Clinics
  • PGY 2        International Clinical & Research Experience
  •  PGY 3       Scholarly Presentation

Concepts Covered:

Research Methods Quantitative and Qualitative

Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

Clinical Tropical Medicine

Immigrant Refugee Health

Global Non-Communicable Diseases

Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation

Population Demographics

Measures of Population Health

Principles of Health Literacy

Health and Human Rights

Health, Environment and Climate Change

Health Systems

Primary Care in Global Health


Health Policy

Health Economics

Global Health Governance

Data sources, literature search and systematic reviews

Global Burden of Disease

Travel medicine

Global Mental Health

Ethics around Global Health


The above concepts will be presented in a variety of formats including case presentations, simulation, team-based learning etc.

Global Sites

  • Guatemala

Rotation Director: Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH


Rotation Description:

This elective rotation provides experience in general internal medicine, cardiovascular care, and oncologic care in a resource limited setting in Guatemala City. The rotation is four weeks and is designed to provide inpatient and outpatient experience in healthcare delivery in a developing country.


General Country Background:

Guatemala is currently undergoing the epidemiological transition.  During the last two decades, as life expectancy continues to improve, high-fat diets, cigarette smoking, and sedentary lifestyles have become more common.  Noncommunicable diseases, mainly cardiovascular disease, are now taking a considerable toll of the country’s mortality.  In addition to this complex disease frequency, Guatemala is struggling with one of the highest levels of poverty and inequality in Latin America.  More than half of the population (56.2%) lives in poverty and 15.7% lives under conditions of extreme poverty.


  • Haiti

Rotation Director: Will Ross, MD, MPH


Rotation Description:

This elective is a four week rotation in internal medicine and nutrition, in  an urban hospital in Haiti with both  inpatient and outpatient components.


General Country Background:

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly 2.5 million people unable to meet their basic food needs and 24% of the population living on one dollar per day. Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, dengue and others, are very prevalent, and maternal and child mortality are the highest in the region. The public health infrastructure in the country struggles especially after the earthquake in 2010. The official languages in the country are French and Haitian Creole.


  • Ethiopia

Rotation Director: David Clifford, MD


Rotation Description:

This rotation is an elective experience in an international environment at an academic medical centerin Mekelle, Ethiopia. The rotation is four weeks and designed to provide first-hand clinical experience in the delivery of medical care in a developing country. Experiences will be in the outpatient and inpatient settings.


General Country Background:

Ethiopia is a large country in the “horn of Africa” on the northeastern side of the continent with a population of approximately 84 million people. It is the second most populous nation in Africa . Much of the population of Ethiopia is rural with an agricultural base economy, with per capita income of ~$1000/year. However, the economy has been growing rapidly in recent years.  Healthcare is organized systematically from local health clinics serving each local population center, to the national referral hospital in Addis Ababa.  The Global Health Scholars Program has established relations with the Mekelle Medical School in northern Ethiopia in the city of Mekelle, a town of ~300,000 and serving a much larger regional population.


  • St. Louis

Rotation Director: Barbara Lutey, MD


Rotation Description:

St. Louis provides a rich setting for medical education in patients from different cultural backgrounds. This elective rotation provides experience in an urban setting learning about health care for patients who are refugees, immigrants, or homeless. The rotation is 2-4 weeks and will provide outpatient clinical experience in general internal medicine as well as learning experiences with interpreter services, homeless shelter health outreach programs, and ex-offender education programs.

Our Partners

The Global Health Scholars Pathway program and participants work closely with many partners  across Washington University. They include:

  • Global Health Center at Washington University, Institute for Public Health
  • Engineers without Borders USA, Washington University Chapter
  • Roosevelt Hospital, Guatemala City
  • The Center for Survivors of War, Torture and Trauma
  • The Forum for International Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Pediatric Global Medicine Residency at Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Division of Medical Education

Campus Box 8121

660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

p: (314) 362-8065    f: (314) 747-1080