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The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Department of Emergency Medicine’s Global Health and Leadership Program (GHLP) is a 24-month fellowship program offered conjointly by the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The UNC Emergency Medicine GHLP is geared toward physicians who have completed an accredited Emergency Medicine residency program and have strong career interests in the development of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in developing countries.

Program Director

This program is comprised of three parts:

  • Coursework for the Masters of Public Health (MPH) at the Gillings School of Global Public Health;
  • Extended clinical time overseas for clinical care and implementation of scholarly projects
  • Clinical experience and mentorship as a junior faculty member in Emergency Medicine at UNC School of Medicine.

At the end of the UNC Emergency Medicine, Global Health, and Leadership Program, fellows will have earned their MPH with a certificate in Global Health, completed a publishable project, and garnered invaluable clinical experience as a junior faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UNC. Graduates will be well positioned for leadership positions in Emergency Medicine and Global Health.

Program Benefits

Education, Training, and Networks

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) training course or similar
  • National and/or International Meeting Attendance at ACEP, SAEM and ICEM
  • Leadership positions in the Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA)
  • Focused Mentorship

Global Health and Emergency Care Development in East Africa

  • Extended (~7 months) abroad for clinical care and scholarly projects
  • Direct clinical care in Resource Limited Settings
  • Capacity building through research and Emergency Care training
  • Multi-disciplinary international collaborations

Clinical and Teaching Excellence

  • Academic and Community Clinical Practice
  • Junior Faculty Role and Requirements
  • Resident and Medical Student Education
  • Emergency Medicine Board Certification

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive Salary
  • Full Medical/Dental/Vision Plan
  • Matching 401K
  • CME, Tuition, Research, and Travel Funds


Preference will be given to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to address health disparities abroad as well as to those who intend to pursue a career in Global Emergency Medicine, particularly within resource-poor settings.

Applicants must complete residency training in Emergency Medicine by June 30 of the year of matriculation.

Criteria for candidate selection include the following:

  • Strong recommendation from Residency Program Director;
  • Sound academic qualifications;
  • Demonstrated maturity, integrity, and cross-cultural awareness/sensitivity;
  • Relevance of subspecialty training in Global Emergency Medicine to future career plans; and
  • Prior international experience.

Application Requirements

All application materials must be submitted by SEPTEMBER 30th of each year.

A selection committee will interview top candidates and announce appointments on November 14th or after.

All applications must include the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation. One should be from your Residency Program Director. Letters should address your ability to work in an international setting, to develop and implement a research project with a faculty mentor, to teach, and to provide quality clinical care.
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement (1-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing a fellowship in Global Emergency Medicine.
  • A brief letter of intent (less than 1 page), explaining your interest in applying to UNC specifically