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The Office of International Activities is excited to announce the first cohort of Global Health Scholarly Concentration students!

The UNC School of Medicine offers scholarly concentrations for first year medical students in several disciplines in medicine, such as Care of the Older Patient, Physician Leadership in Quality and Safety, Technology in Medicine, and Community Service, among others. Scholarly concentrations allow a student to get a deeper understanding of medicine from a different perspective. Completion of a scholarly concentration is designated on a student’s Dean’s letter and is great material for residency interviews.

As global health is increasingly becoming recognized as an important component of medical education and 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.

The goal of the Global Health Scholarly Concentration is to train globally-minded physicians by providing integrated global health education across all stages of medical schools.

The Global Health Scholarly Concentration program spans the entirety of our students’ medical education education and training while at UNC. Our students will complete Global Health elective courses, participate in global experiences, attend global health events, engage in community service work, and receive mentorship by UNC faculty.