Respect for others and valuing diversity are essential to ethical engagement in global health work. The Global Health Program is committed to advancing health equity across cultures and borders in alignment with DGSOM’s Antiracism Roadmap and its mission to actively dismantle structural racism. 

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"It’s incredibly rewarding to engage trainees in global health education, and to witness how they are inspired and transformed by their global health experiences. We believe that exposure to how research and medicine are practiced in other countries ultimately improves the care that trainees provide to patients in the United States and beyond, and makes them more committed to achieving health equity globally."
- Traci Wells, PhD, Director of Education, Global Health Program



Grace Kim, MD


Mentoring MD Students

"The Global Health Program is where I found my community in medicine. I have benefited deeply from the mentorship of leaders in global health who make change on a daily basis and find the time to invest in students as individuals. From lectures to small group discussions, local service events to global research and clinical experiences, the opportunities for global health education abound, always rooted in principles of ethical service, learning, and mutual respect."

- Amrita Ayer, MD Student, C/O 2021

Engaging Residents & Fellows

"One of the things that most enticed me about coming to UCLA was the residency program’s global health pathway and the opportunity to spend two months delivering care in Lilongwe, Malawi. It turns out that my excitement was not misplaced, as the experiences I’ve had there have been among the most interesting, educational, and fulfilling of my life."

- Will Lewis, MD, Internal Medicine PGY-3

Supporting Faculty & Staff

"Global health work offers us a priceless perspective. It reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a resource-rich country, and what an incredible privilege it is to be a physician."

- Lee Todd Miller, MD, Director of Medical Student Clinical Education, Global Health Program