The Global Health Pathway is designed for UCLA medical students interested in the wide variety of global health-related career possibilities. These career paths may include global health research, clinical work, education, and/or training at academic medical centers, U.S. government agencies (ie, CDC, USAID, NIH), multilateral organizations (eg, United Nations), or philanthropic or nongovernmental organizations (eg, Gates Foundation).  The Global Health Pathway will provide opportunities to network and explore career options in global health and facilitate longitudinal mentorship and activities with UCLA’s international partners. Upon completion, students will receive a “Certificate of Completion of the Global Health Pathway.”  All participants in the Pathway will complete a scholarly global health project or a longitudinal field experience.  The following other activities are generally required, unless a different plan is worked out with Director of the Global Health Pathway.

MS1/MS2: GLOBAL HEALTH SELECTIVE.  Enrollment in the Global Health Selective, which consists of noontime lectures, evening roundtables, films on global health topics, and a group project on a global health topic.

MS1-MS2 SUMMER: GLOBAL SHORT-TERM TRAINING PROGRAM (STTP).  Participation in a mentored summer research/public health experience with a UCLA-affiliated partner site abroad.  Participants are required to attend a pre-departure orientation and present a poster at the annual Josiah Brown Poster Fair.


PARTICIPATION IN CENTER FOR WORLD HEALTH ACTIVITIES. Participation in the planning committee for the Global Health Awareness Week or the Global Health Selective, attendance at the visiting scholar speaker series, and participation in evening roundtables to increase knowledge and network in the field of global health.

MENTORSHIP. Students will have one or more mentors to guide them in their field experience, presentations, publications, and career development.  Students are required to briefly document their progress with mentorship and projects via quarterly reports.

MS4 GLOBAL HEALTH CLINICAL ELECTIVE OR FIELD EXPERIENCE. Participation in a global health clinical elective or additional field experience. Applications for partially-funded global health clinical electives are open to all medical students and are not guaranteed for pathway students.

SCHOLARLY PROJECT. Completion of a scholarly project in areas such as research and program development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.  The project can be based on the MS1/MS2 STTP research if it results in a presentation at a national meeting or publication. The scholarly project or longitudinal field experience can also be presented at Scholarship Day.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. Students are encouraged to pursue a master’s in public health, master’s of science in global health, certificate in global health, University of California Global Health Institute fellowship, UCLA SAPHIR, Fulbright fellowship, Fogarty fellowship, Doris Duke fellowship, or other degree programs or fellowships that can help them prepare for a global health career.

For more information, please contact Traci Wells, PhD, CWH Director of Education, at or Daniel DeUgarte, MD, CWH Global Health Pathway Director, at

Click here for a PDF version of the Global Health Pathway description, including application instructions.