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Global Health Programs & Trainings

Serve the world with your global health education

 Globalization has changed the way that governments and non-governmental organizations tackle challenging health issues. Global Health is an exciting field that addresses these challenges through educational and scientific expertise from a variety of disciplines. The University of Colorado supports the academic endeavors of fellows, residents and students from the Colorado School of Public Health, and the University of Colorado Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Business in developing transformative interventions for global health problems.


 Global Health Trainings


 Global Health Primer and Accelerator Courses

The Global Emergency Care Initiative (GECI) seeks to improve and sustain the emergency health outcomes of communities worldwide via leadership in innovative education, clinical care, research and service to the global community. GECI currently offers two courses in global emergency care:

  • The Global Health Primer is for individuals with little to no global health experience and teaches contemporary and foundational topics of global health with a focus on practical applications and finding ethical volunteer experiences.
  • The Global Health Accelerator is for individuals with some global health experience or Primer alumni looking to expand their toolkit with practical knowledge and skills. This course emphasizes  educational programs, community needs assessments, security and clinical work.

Professional continuing education (CNE) is offered for these trainings.


 Colorado Humanitarian Surgical Skills Workshop

​The Colorado Humanitarian Surgical Skills Workshop is a two-day cadaver-based training dedicated to surgical residents interested in humanitarian work. The course is taught by University of Colorado surgical faculty in several specialties. Procedures taught during the training include:

  • External fixation (without power)
  • Craniotomy (without power)
  • Non-mesh hernia repair

The course is free for all residents in (or beyond) their PGY3 in general surgery, orthopedics, and OBGYN. Learn more about this unique training opportunity by following this link.


 Global Health and Disasters Course

The Global Health and Disasters Course is a two week intensive course  once a year at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The first week of the course covers a broad range of global health topics including infectious and non-communicable disease burden, global health ethics, and innovative strategies to improve global heatlh equity. The second week of the course is the Pediatrics in Disasters training, developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and implemented in countries all over the world.

This course prepares its participants for international experiences and future global health work. The interactive training incorporates lectures, small group problem based learning exercises, technical skill sessions, and a disaster simulation exercise. Students can receive academic credit if enrolled through their CU school, and CME (through the American Academy of Family Physicians) is also available for external participants.


 Helping Babies Survive

​Helping Babies Survive (HBS) is a suite of evidence-based, hands-on educational programs designed to reduce neonatal mortality and imrpove newborn care in resource-limited settings. The goal of HBS is to build the capacity of providers to delivery high-quality, skilled services to improve neonatal health outcomes worldwide. Visit this page of our website to learn more about the HBS trainings at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. 3


 Global Health Programs for Enrolled Trainees


 School of Medicine Global Health Track

The Global Health Track (GHT) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is designed to provide educational and experiential opportunities for students interested in international health care. Fifteen 1st year medical students and 2 CHA/PA students per year will be selected through a formal admissions process. The GHT is best suited for highly motivated, adventurous students who have demonstrated leadership skills, adaptability to new situations, and superior critical thinking skills. Click here to learn about the admissions process.

The track will focus on core competencies in Public Health and Development, Health Systems and Interventions, Ethics, Cultural Competency, and Communication, and Clinical Skills. Follow the links to learn more about the general curriculum and the Mentored Scholarly Activities.

 Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Global Health Track

​The Global Health Track is an official interdisciplinary track in the School of Medicine that is committed to equipping CHA/PA and MD students with public health skills that can be utilized in a variety of global settings. Going beyond medical tourism, the track promotes in-depth projects, completed by students, in developing nations or with local refugee, immigrant or asylum seeking populations that are sustainable and create lasting positive change in a community.

CHA/PA students in the Global Health Track will complete a clinical experience in a vetted international setting or with a local refugee, immigrant or asylum seeker community during the summer of their second year. During their third year, students may have the opportunity to return to the same site for a month long follow up clinical experience and complete a 2-week Global Health and Disasters Course.
In order to be admitted into the track, students must apply during the summer of their first year. Two applicants are then selected by the global track director and the CHA/PA program.

Want to learn more about the CHA/PA admissions process? Click here.

 Pediatric Residency Global Health Track

​The Pediatric Residency Global Health Track (GHT) is designed for those residents who plan to have a career focus in Global Health or plan to incorporate care of international populations into their practice (i.e. regular international experiences, work in resource limited settings, work with displaced populations). GHT residents will be assigned a mentor with Global Health experience and/or interests.
Up to 4 residents will be selected from each entering resident class. Shortly after the match, incoming residents will be sent information on how to apply. Selection will occur soon after the match.
Experiences in the Pediatric Residency Global Health track include, but are not limited to:
For more information about the Pediatric Residency Global Health Track, please contact

 Global Health in the School of Dental Medicine

The School of Dental Medicine offers an Introduction to Global Health to any student who is interested in oral global health issues. The course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Learn more about the School of Dental Medicine by clicking here.

 Colorado School of Public Health Global Concentrations

​The Colorado School of Public Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with global health concentrations at all three collaborating institutional campuses. The 42-45 credit hour MPH programs are designed to be completed in two years, depending on a student’s course selection. In addition, each MPH concentration includes a practicum and capstone as part of the school's practice-based learning curriculum. Follow the links below to learn what academic and research expertise each institution offers.

 Business School

​Recognized as one of the top 25 graduate programs in health services administration, the MBA in International Health Management and Policy at the University of Colorado Denver is a degree program designed for students who have an interest in working with healthcare organizations who have a global or international focus on health issues.
This program teaches analytic and decision making processes used by top-level executives in selecting broad strategies and by managers in administering sub-units within health care organizations. Courses may include subjects such as International Health Policy, Global Health Systems, and Introduction to International Business.
The standard admissions process for the MBA in Healthcare Administration is used for the International Health Management and Policy program.
Want to learn more? Click here.

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