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International Emergency and Public Health



The goal of the International Emergency and Public Health Fellowship is to develop an area of expertise in public health and international emergency medicine for physicians interested in pursuing a career in global health research and practice.

Program Description:

The aim of the International Emergency and Public Health Fellowship curriculum is to integrate formal public health training with international field research and practice. 

The main components of the fellowship are:

  1. In field clinical experience by developing a mentored project tailored to the fellow’s particular interests in global health
  2. Knowledge of public health issues as required by the JHU School of Public Health, including epidemiology, biostatistics, community health, health resourcesanagement and environmental health
  3. Obtain academic clinical teaching experience in the emergency medicine department at Johns Hopkins University
  4. Develop skill sets to conduct research related to international health and development
  5. Learn the administrative skills to develop and organize international educational exchanges

Focus can vary based on interest and can include the following elements:

  1. Epidemiologic assessments of health needs and services, for refugees and internally displaced populations, in complex humanitarian emergencies.
  2. Design and implementation of research studies and interventions to improve health outcomes of populations affected by humanitarian emergencies and low resource setting. Research can focus on the following:
    • Emergency care in low resource settings
    • Humanitarian emergencies (post/conflict or post-disaster)
    • Development programs for low resource and under-served settings
  3. Development of educational curricula for emergency medicine training programs in low resource settings

Academic Requirements:

Fellows will be expected to produce at least 1 peer reviewed research manuscript at completion of fellowship program.

Fellows will successfully complete an MPH degree at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Fellows will successfully complete two months as teaching attending at JHU over the two years.

Clinical Requirements:

Fellows will be required to work 800 clinical hours per academic year.


Board Prepared or Certified in Emergency Medicine

Program Length: 

2 years

Start Date: 

Usually July 1, but mid-year candidates can be considered

How to apply: 

Application material may be submitted to the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship consortium website, however in addition a separate application must also be sent via email to

  • Three letters of recommendation are required.
  • Personal Statement is required.
  • Curriculum Vitae is required.

The application deadline is September 15th 2013.

Alexander Vu, DO, MPH

Fellowship Director:

Alexander Vu, DO, MPH
Director, International Emergency & Public Health Fellowship
Department of Emergency Medicine

Alexander Vu became fellowship director of the International Emergency and Public Health program at Johns Hopkins University in 2005.  His work and research are focused on developing measurement methods and interventions to improve health outcomes of displaced populations in humanitarian emergencies.

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