Mission and Vision
The vision of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Global Health Track is simple: provide medical students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as physicians in the global health arena. Through didactic and experiential learning, students gain a better understanding of the diverse issues facing developing communities and the ways they can work to be part of the solution to these dynamic problems. Students enrolled in the Global Health Track are part of a four-year program that includes additional course work and intensive project planning on top of their already rigorous schedules. Students also complete their Mentored Scholarly Activity working with one of the tracks international partners or with indigent communities in the US.
History of the Global Health Track
The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Global Health Track was launched in 2006 in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Denver’s Center for Global Health. In this same year, the School of Medicine began its Mentored Scholarly Activity program and determined that global health would be one of the acceptable areas of study. At its inception, the track included 16 first-year medical students and was run by volunteer faculty.
The track grew considerably over the next two years and in 2008 the Global Health Track gained financial support from the School of Medicine was able to hire directors for the track while still utilizing over 85 volunteer instructors from various schools, departments and community and government organizations. In 2009, strides were made toward formalized partnerships between the Global Health Track and nine organizations in nine different countries around the world where students will conduct their longitudinal projects. Today, the Global Health Track continues to provide future physicians with the education and skills necessary to be a productive part of the global health arena.