Global Health Track

Participating in the Global Health Track will provide you with the training to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective, and sustainable medical care in underserved areas domestically and abroad. We believe that all people have a right to equitable, culturally sensitive healthcare, and we will continue to advocate for the social justice of our patients worldwide.


Program overview:

Predominantly completed during the 2nd and 3rd years of residency, the track offers opportunities to develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of common tropical conditions and diseases, and to expand clinical knowledge and management skills in preparation for work in areas of limited resources.

We hope that by participating in this program you will be poised to:

  • Become a clinical leader in global health dedicated to reducing health disparities in medically underserved communities both in the U.S. and internationally
  • Appreciate and experience different cultures and increase cultural awareness
  • Apply your experience in different health care systems improving health in all areas of your practice
  • Create more awareness about public health in the U.S. and abroad

75% of our global health track graduates continue to serve globally post-residency.

Please note that any resident, not only those participating in the Global Health Track, may do away or international electives as long as the electives meet ACGME requirements and are approved by the residency program in advance.


  • Monthly global health meetings organized by 2nd and 3rd year residents in the global health track (Meetings are open to all interested residents.)
  • Use one of your electives to take the University of Arizona Global Health Course 
    • Attended by residents, physicians, nurses, public health students, and medical students from North America
    • Subjects covered include: public health, tropical disease, parasitology, HIV, TB, chronic diseases in international setting, women’s’ health, child health, epidemiology, and numerous other relevant topics.
  • Monthly Journal Clubs pertaining to international health topics led by residents
  • Quarterly Teaching Day Lecture Series organized by residents and their global health mentors. These include both resident-led didactic sessions and guest lecturers on topics dedicated to international health.
  • Multiple opportunities to participate in trips to the U.S.-Mexico border through organizations such as Borderlinks, Flying Samaritans, Manos de Ayudas, and others.
  • Sponsored attendance at a global health conference (can be during either 2nd or 3rd year)
  • Online global health ethics course
  • A minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 weeks of international clinical experience in PGY-3 year
    • Residents are strongly encouraged to use sites well-known to our university’s global health leaders.
    • Faculty will help establish contacts and develop the plan and goals for the rotation.
  • QI/Research Project on an approved global health topic
  • Mentoring residents and medical students interested in global health


Where in the World have our Residents gone?

  • Mexico-Nogales, Sonoyta, Hermosillo, Chiapas, and others
  • Ecuador-Riobamba and Cuenca
  • Nepal
  • Northern India
  • Argentina
  • Namibia
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Cameroon
  • Canad
  • Tanzania
  • Ghana
  • Marshall Islands