Global Health


Health is achievable for even the most vulnerable populations in our world. Health care can be improved by applying principles of equity, quality, and safety.


The Global Health Core (GHC) within the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations throughout the world by adapting the unique skill sets of academic hospitalists to resource poor settings to reduce the burden of disease and realize global health equity.
These skills broadly include health systems strengthening, medical education, quality improvement, knowledge sharing, and clinically competent care of acutely ill patients. Through direct experience and scholarship, these hospitalists will add depth and breadth to sustainable and innovative research, service and training in the field of global health.

Guiding Values:

  • Teach - train future health professionals at UCSF and at partner sites
  • Improve - develop health systems strengthening, quality and safety, including through scholarship and dissemination
  • Partner sustainably - collaborate longitudinally with academic institutions, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO) abroad
  • Serve - implement projects and programs that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations


Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellowship
Started in 2012, the goal of the 2-year UCSF Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship (GHHMF) is to train the next generation of hospitalists to become leaders in the areas of quality improvement, patient safety, medical education, and health systems strengthening, in resource limited settings.

Heal Initiative

The HEAL Initiative is an innovative 2-year program that aims to improve the health of vulnerable populations throughout the world by partnering with justice-oriented organizations and scaling up training of committed health care providers. Our training program equips our graduates with the unique skill sets to work effectively in resource poor settings, and reduce the burden of disease. These skills broadly include health systems strengthening, medical education, quality improvement, knowledge sharing, and culturally competent care. HEAL fellows will rotate between various underserved sites which include Navajo Nation, Liberia, Haiti, India and Nepal to gain the skills necessary to provide care in resource-limited settings. To learn more, please visit http://healinitiative.org/.

Global Health Bootcamp

This interdisciplinary, state-of- the- art education program is aimed at early career Nurses, Pharmacists, Physicians or any health care professional committed to long term work in Global Health Delivery. This course emerges out of the insight that the barrier to global health care delivery is not necessarily funding or knowledge of how to deliver health care: it is the ability to implement. The ability to implement in resource poor settings entails not only the will to serve but also the expertise. The Global Health Bootcamp opens for registration once every year to 36 potential participants from all over the world. For more information please visit http://globalhealthbootcamp.org/.

Non-Communicable Diseases
Global non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and diabetes are responsible for skyrocketing rates of death and disability in low and middle income countries, yet fall outside of the traditional paradigm of global health intervention that prioritizes infectious diseases. Hospitalists are uniquely equipped to intervene in the area of global NCDs. The emphasis of hospital medicine on quality improvement and safety naturally translate into developing effective systems for chronic care integration into global settings. We seek to use this natural synergy between hospital medicine and the global NCD interventions to provide effective solutions for this growing epidemic. For more information about our current efforts against global NCDs please contact Sujatha Sankaran.

Pathways to Discovery in Global Health
Our faculty have been heavily involved in teaching and mentoring trainees in the School of Medicine's Pathways program. The vision of the Pathways program "is to support and develop lifetime commitments to decreasing the health inequities and disparities in populations throughout the world."

Masters of Science in Global Health
Our faculty is also actively involved in leading, teaching in, and providing mentorship in a unique 1-year Masters of Science Program in Global Health. For more information, contact Madhavi Dandu at dandum@medicine.ucsf.edu.

Global Health-Hospital Medicine Faculty

Faye Chan
Madhavi Dandu
Marcia Glass
Ryan Greysen
Arian Hatefi
Phuoc V. Le
Sujatha Sankaran
Sriram Shamasunder
Marwa Shoeb
Aylin Ulku
Alon Unger
Ethel Wu

Global health core team

Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellows

Robin Goldman, MD
Ami Waters, MD


Our faculty and fellows are currently collaborating with the following organizations:
Partners in Health in Haiti
Tiyatien Health in Liberia
Tribal Health Initiative in India
Centre for Public Health and Equity in India
Ghana Health Service and the International Cardiovascular Health Alliance

Global Health Resources

Global Health Sciences (GHS) at UCSF
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC)
Fogarty International Center
University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI)

Ways to Get Involved

The Global Health Core recruits interns every year for our summer internship program. Our faculty have numerous projects that provide interns with hands-on experience in public health and global health. Past opportunities have included work in the areas of social media, curriculum design, business, and research. If you would like to apply for the next Global Health Core internship opportunities, please visit our internship website.

For more information please contact us at ghhm@ucsf.edu.