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Department of

Family and Community Medicine

Global Health Program

Our program is known nationally for its longitudinal training in Global Health. A pioneer in the Global Health field since 1991, we have a long-standing commitment to train and inspire adaptable physicians to lead and serve in healthcare for underserved and vulnerable populations whether here in the United States or internationally.

Our curriculum reflects this commitment, featuring integrated global health rotations, monthly global health conferences, diverse scholarship opportunities, and strong community medicine experiences. We focus on cultivating competency in six key areas:

Our residents are encouraged, but not required, to participate in our global health experiences. Residents enjoy fully funded trips during their first two years and $2000 towards a third-year experience. Our dedicated faculty members have broad experience as long-and short-term medical providers in Honduras, Cambodia, Cameroon and Armenia.

Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc., a non-profit organization was born out of the UC Department of Family Medicine. Over the past twenty years, this organization has grown from addressing medical, dental, nursing, and public health care needs of one village in Honduras, to providing full-spectrum care to over 30,000 residents of western Honduras. The residency has partnered with Shoulder to Shoulder to expand services to this population through regular visiting medical teams that provide primary care and specialty services. In addition to direct patient care, the residency has worked with the organization in a variety of projects, including women’s health, chronic disease management, and mental health. In 2012, we expanded our partnerships to include work in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Dominican Republic with Timmy Global Health and Jamaica, with The Blue Mountain Project.

Program Benefits

  • Three years of fully funded international experiences
  • Opportunities at well established international sites in Honduras, Ecuador, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Cambodia
  • Multiple local continuity sites with underserved communities, including a medical van for the homeless, an immigrant clinic, and an inner city clinic.

Global Health Philosophy

global health circle

We train family physicians to work with vulnerable populations: whether they may live across the world, or in our own backyard. Vulnerable populations are those patients who are economically, politically, culturally, ethnically, geographically or in any way marginalized. We view Global Health as a multidisciplinary approac

h to the health of vulnerable populations that takes into account all the determinants of health-social, environmental and physical.

 Our curriculum includes speakers from many disciplines: anthropology, nursing, dentistry, pediatrics, public health, and psychiatry. This framework allows us to address issues which face vulnerable populations everywhere, and prepares the physician to address these issues, in whatever practice setting they find themselves.


The curriculum, working within the determinants of health model, also gives residents learning opportunities in a variety of settings including:


Determinant of Health and Subtopics Specific Topics
Foundational Topics
The Determinants of Health
What is Global Health?
Health Disparities
Millennium Development Goals
Public Policy, Advocacy and Leadership
Advocacy 101
Caring for oneself when caring for others
Human Rights
Servant Leadership
Building Cross Cultural Relationships for Leading
Community and Population Health
Community Health Assessment
Community Building/Networking
Community Resources
COPC Model
Legal issues in caring for underserved populations
Ethics of Research of individuals/communities
Cultural Determinants
Cultural Competence
Working with Interpreters
Cross-cultural communication
Honduran Cultural Beliefs of Health and Illness
Economic Determinants
Work Environment and Health
Poverty and Impact on Health
Work Environment and Health
Educational Determinants
Health Literacy
Education and Health
IEP/Learning Disabilities
Healthcare System Determinants
Comparative Health Systems
Disaster Relief: Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
Healthcare Reform
Indian Health System
Medicare/Medicaid/Managed Care
Safety Net: Free Clinics, CHC, Health Department
Access to Care
Access to Medical Care
Access to Mental Health Care
Models of Medical Care
Case Management of Underserved Populations
Community and Lay Health Worker Models
Group Medical Visits
Health Technology in Working with VulnerablePopulations
Home Visits/Mobile Care
Multidisciplinary Teams
Quality Improvement
Individual Determinants: Genetic and Lifestyle
Alcohol/Substance Use/Abuse
Promoting Behavioral Change/Medical Adherence
Tobacco Use/Cessation
Genetic Frequency in Minority Populations
Nutritional Determinants
Food Insecurity and Nutrition Services
Malnutrition in Developing Countries - Malnutrition Across the Lifecycle: Understanding Anthropometrics
Micronutrient Deficiencies
Physical Determinants
Geography and Health
Housing and Health
Neighborhoods and Health
Sanitation and Water
Individual Special
Care of the socially complicated patient in the hospital
Hidden Poor: Care of the Elderly
Child Health
Adolescents as a Vulnerable Population
CHI brigade orientation
Child abuse
Chronic illness in children
Environment and Health: Lead, Asthma, Injury Prevention
Global Child Health
Issues for International Adoptees
School health
Patients with disabilities
Care for patients with history of incarceration
How to provide healthcare for the homeless
Women's Health
Cervical Cancer Screening in Developing Countries
Family Planning Issues in Underserved Populations
Intimate Partner Violence
Addressing Maternal Mortality in Resource Poor Settings
Sexuality: Care of Lesbian and Gay Patients
Burden of Disease
Global burden of disease
Physical Diagnosis in the Tropics
Infectious Disease
Dermatology in the Tropics
Diarrheal Disease
Emerging Infections
Parasites: GI and Non-GI
Pharmaceuticals and Global Health
Vaccine Preventable Diseases and Strategies
Vector Borne Illnesses
Communicable Disease Reporting
Worlds Apart
Chronic Disease
Chronic disease in the poor
Oral Health in Developing Countries
Oral Health in the US
Mental Health
Mental Health in Developing Countries
Mental Health in the US
Violence, War AND Refugees
Travel Medicine
Ethics of Short Term Medical Brigades
Fever in the Returning Traveler
Pre Travel Counseling and Immunizations
CARE/Crawley Building

More Information

Family Medicine Program Coordinator
Maggie James

Phone: 513-721-2221 Ext:10
Fax: 513-345-6665