Global Health Initiative


Courses and Programs

Education of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as medical students, residents, and fellows constitutes an integral part of both the research and clinical care components that embody global health efforts at Brown.

PHP 1070 Burden of Disease in Developing Countries

Many undergraduate and graduate students are introduced to courses in global health via PHP 1070, Burden of Disease in Developing Countries

The International Health Institute site also features a list of classes at Brown for students interested in taking courses with global health content. We have also compiled a list of courses with global health content across all academic departments at Brown University.

Scholarly Concentration in Global Health

Brown University medical students can focus on global health through the Scholarly Concentration in Global Health.

MPH Global Health Track at the School of Public Health (SPH)

The School of Public Health offers a Global Heath MPH Concentration for students who are interested in issues related to global health. Global health research and training focus primarily on health inequalities within communities and populations throughout the world. Global health thus focuses on domestic and international health inequalities, and is not about crossing borders but bridging health inequalities with scientific evidence of etiology and prevention.

BRIGHT Pathway

Trainees in the Brown University Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Programs can refine their commitment to global health through participation in the BRIGHT Pathway

Alpert Medical School

Alpert Medical School supports a number of formal and informal exchange programs for students with an interest in global health study. 

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

The Research Training Program in Child/Adolescent Biobehavioral HIV prepares post-residency psychiatrists, post-doctoral psychologists, and behavioral scientists to conduct independent research in the area of child/adolescent biobehavioral HIV as full-time University faculty members. The Program is a two-year fellowship in which five research fellows train under the guidance of experienced mentors. It includes didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research.

Department of Emergency Medicine

The Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship is sponsored by Brown Emergency Medicine and affiliated with the Brown University Alpert Medical School as well as Brown School of Public Health. The two-year academic fellowship boasts a wealth of research mentoring opportunities, robust interdepartmental collaboration, and a rich clinical and teaching experience, both domestically and abroad. 

Department of Family Medicine

The Brown Global Health Faculty Development Fellowship was started in 2010 to provide FM physicians with the additional global health, health equity, and faculty development skills necessary to assist with the development of pre-doctoral, residency, clinical, and research education in underserved settings locally and globally.  As an academic family medicine department with a long history of involvement in global health, the Department of Family Medicine at Brown is particularly well situated to provide faculty development in this area.

Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine Training Program in the Division of Infectious Diseases brings together the multiple strengths of clinical research from an institution that has a robust track record of training junior faculty members to become independent clinical investigators in the area of HIV and substance abuse.

Undergraduate Concentration in Public Health and Undergraduate Statistics Concentration

The School of Public Health sponsors the Undergraduate Concentration in Public Health for students with career interests in public health, disease prevention and health promotion, health policy and epidemiology, clinical health care delivery, health care administration, international health, and health law.

It also sponsors the Undergraduate Statistics Concentration for students interested in pursuing statistics careers in industry and government, for graduate study in statistics or biostatistics and other sciences, as well as for professional study in law, medicine, business, or public administration.

Pre-Travel Orientation

The GHI provides a pre-travel orientation session for students traveling abroad, including (but not limited to) Framework in Global Health Scholars, and AMS Summer Assistantship recipients. All are strongly encouraged to attend this one-day training session.

The orientation covers the following topics:

  • global health basics
  • personal health and safety
  • vaccinations
  • cultural issues
  • practical advice for living overseas
  • responsible conduct in research

Selected pre-travel training materials:

Brown University requires that all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students traveling on Brown-sponsored travel register their travel information in TravelSafe. The details you provide regarding itinerary and emergency contacts will help Brown’s Global Travel Safety and Security administrators provide available assistance in the event of an emergency.

International Medical Exchanges - 2023-2024 application

International Medical Exchanges

AMS International Exchange Program Application Process

AMS Students applying to exchange programs should follow the guidelines below.

  1. Prior to applying for the International Exchange Program, please contact the appropriate program coordinator to discuss your interest in the desired program.
  2. Please complete the attached application along with your essay by September 29, 2023 at 5pm  PM to You can use one form and may apply for up to three programs of interest. The faculty signature(s) will be added in mid-October. IF you are willing to go anywhere, please note this by checking the appropriate box.
  3. The committee will review applications in mid-October 2023. We will notify applicants within a week of the application review.
  4. The deadline for accepting a spot in the International Exchange Program is December 1, 2023.
  5. No changes can be made within three months of the rotation start date. To make any changes prior to the three month deadline, you must contact Susan Cu-Uvin for permission. Records & Registration will contact you upon receipt of your signed acceptance letter and register you for the approved International Exchange Program rotation in OASIS.

Supplemental Documentation and Information

Funding for International Study

Please contact the Global Health Initiative office ( for more information about funding for the areas outlined below.


  • Faculty gift


  • The Luke Charitable Trust Foundation    
  • The Sheldon and Hong Chang Pang Endowment


  • Nathan Giddon Gift


  • The Luke Charitable Trust Foundation