Martha Carlough, MD, MPH

Shay Slifko, MA

Overview and Application Process

Importance of this Curriculum

Global health is increasingly recognized as an important component of medical education. Physicians are faced with a diverse array of healthcare challenges influenced by the expanding world. There is a growing need for global knowledge related to inequities in health, globalization of care, and the interconnectedness of the world. This necessity, in combination with the increasing interest and involvement in global health from students and faculty alike, underscores the importance of incorporating and supporting global health that is ethically sound and educationally appropriate.

Curriculum Proposal

The purpose of the Scholarly Concentration in Global Health is to train globally-minded physicians in the practice, research, and study of health and its determinants with the goal of equipping students to improve health equity worldwide through robust integration of global health throughout their undergraduate medical training. This concentration is designed to provide students with a more thorough experience in global health, aiding in identifying and experiencing global health in various contexts in order to demonstrate the breadth of the diverse ways in which one can engage in global health practice.


Overall Goal: Train globally-minded physicians by providing integrated global health education across all stages of medical school (foundation, application and integration) and facilitating the attainment of meeting the specified competencies (Appendix A). Integrated into this will be global health related content through core materials, experiential learning, mentorship by a UNC faculty involved in global health, a scholarly project and the development of a student portfolio of global health engagement.


No minimum requirements to apply, will be accepting students during the foundation phase only. A maximum of five students per year will be accepted through a competitive application process in the fall of the MS1 year with Scholarly concentration activities to begin in the spring of MS1 year.

Program Structure and Highlights

Foundation Phase

  • Attend at least two global health lectures or events per semester (six total in Foundation phase). A list of potential events, including the OIA Global Health Forum, IGHID Friday AM conference series, UNC School of Public Health lectures and other local events will be recommended.
  • Meet with assigned UNC SOM global health mentor to discuss focus of global health interests, needed support and plans for engagement.
  • Meet with global health librarian to discuss initial ideas for scholarly concentration project or paper and begin literature review.
  • Participate in an international global health experience between MS1 and MS2 years of at least 4 weeks duration.
  • Complete Foundations of Global Health Elective (GLBE 201/401) in conjunction with this elective, including OIA global health career module.
  • Complete pre-departure training with focus on health and safety, ethics and professionalism, wellness, and culture shock by using SUGAR-PACK (Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations Pre-Departure Activities Curricular Kit).
  • Complete a total 20 hours of community service related to vulnerable populations and global health (list of appropriate venues will be provided, or student may request approval for a given experience).

Application Phase

  • Attend at least two global health lectures or events per semester (four total during the Application phase).
  • Commit to meeting with fellow SCP in global health students on each intensive day (12-1 PM) for a discussion of pertinent topics from key current global health articles. Planning for scholarly projects will also be reviewed.  (facilitated by OIA leadership).
  • Complete one case report from each block related to global health (template to be provided). Cases may include issues of travel health, foreign-born individuals, or spread of illnesses/disease processes due to globalization.
  • Continue to meet with assigned global health mentor (at least quarterly) to develop plans for scholarly product
  • Continue with community service related to vulnerable populations and global health; completing a total of 10 additional hours during the application phase.
  • During community based longitudinal care course, commit to using four half days of self-directed learning time in a setting related to global health. This may include: Occupational health Services pre-departure clinic, Campus Health Travel Clinic, Care of Migrant Farmworkers, Refugees, or through a practice serving immigrant populations.

Individualization Phase

  • Attend at least two global health lectures or events per semester (four total during the Individualization phase).
  • Complete a second four-week elective (clinical, research or community based) in a global situation or domestic situation related to global health (e.g. migrant farmworkers, refugee health). Refer to OIA website for listings of courses
  • Continue to meet with assigned global health faculty mentor to finalize plans for final project and plans for presentation or submission of project
  • Continue with community service related to vulnerable populations and global health; completing a total of 10 additional hours during the individualization phase.
  • Meet with OIA leadership and career advisor to discuss and describe impact of completing Scholarly Concentration in Global Health in residency application process.

Final Project

Scholarly concentration participants will be required to complete a final project which will be included in their student portfolio. The end-product will be a paper or oral presentation and will ideally also be submitted to local, regional, or national societies for scholarly presentation.