The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Global Health Track was launched in 2006 in conjunction with the University of Colorado'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 has continued to grow considerably. In 2008, the Global Health Track gained financial support from the School of Medicine and was able to hire directors for the track while still utilizing over 85 volunteer instructors from various schools, departments and community and government organizations. Today, the Global Health Track continues to provide future physicians and physician assistants, with the education and skills necessary to be a productive part of the global health arena through a growing number of both local and international partnerships with schools, community and government organizations.