Global Health Pathway (GHP)

The Global Health Pathway (GHP) is designed for medical students interested in careers dedicated to improving global health disparities. Students complete coursework, service projects, and international experiences designed to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Develop an awareness of the key diseases affecting health in developing countries, and the health systems in which these diseases are treated.
  • Understand the historical, economic, political, environmental, and social factors responsible for global health disparities.
  • Learn to provide compassionate and effective medical care to patients within different cultural frameworks and in areas with limited resources.
  • Develop a multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective towards global health. Learn to collaborate effectively with professionals from diverse academic disciplines and different cultural backgrounds.
  • Gain insight and experience into the ways research can help address global health issues.


The GHP was initiated by medical students in the Global Health Group (GHG), formerly the International Health Group (IHG), and then developed in conjunction with the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM).

The GHP is administered through the Global Health Resource Center and has continued active support and participation from members of the Global Health Group (GHG), including GHG Student Representatives.

Since 2006, a total of 127 students have received a certificate of completion from the Global Health Pathway.

2014 GHP Graduates

Pathway Developmentā€”The Global Health Pathway Working Group:

In 2008, the GHP working group was formed. The group is chaired by Susan Graham, MD, MPH, PhD and is comprised of faculty members from diverse areas of medicine and public health (including WWAMI), GHP students (1 Seattle, 1 WWAMI), an MD/MPH GHP student and Department of Global Health staff.

The goal of the GHP working group is to guide the pathway forward, further developing it a high-quality educational opportunity for students interested in global health. This group will also define areas for curricular development in the UWSOM curriculum for all medical students and address needs and issues related to the MD/MPH in Global Health program.