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Global Health Track

We aim to train pediatric leaders who will work in the field of global health to eliminate health disparities through advocacy, research, community partnership, education and clinical care.

Dr. Nicole Shilkofski with pediatric residents and Filipino physician colleagues in Cavite, PhilippinesPediatric Residents with Dr. Nicole Shilkofski and Filipino physician colleagues in Cavite, Philippines.

While all residents in the program are encouraged to pursue overseas global health rotations during their PGY2 or PGY3 years, residents in the global health track will dedicate a minimum of two months of elective time during residency toward international rotations and development of a longitudinal capstone project at one field site.

In collaboration with their career adviser and track mentor, each resident will develop an individualized learning plan that provides an opportunity for faculty to connect them to specific institutional resources to enhance their professional career development within both pediatrics and global health.

The five pillars of global health education will include:

Five Pillars of Global Health Education
  • A stateside curriculum
  • Pre-departure preparation
  • Global health elective experiences
  • Post-return debriefing
  • Curriculum evaluation, with a focus on capstone project development and implementation

Established field placements for electives currently exist in Malawi, Bangladesh, Lesotho, Nigeria, Kenya, Philippines, Myanmar, Uganda, Haiti and Peru, among many others available through the School of Public Health and Center for Global Health.

All residents in the track will complete pre-departure coursework through the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, which provides funding for many of the international elective experiences through the Paul S. Lietman Global Travel Grants for Residents.

Residents in the track are also eligible to take up to 16 credits per year of coursework through the school of public health. For example:

  • Foundations of International Health
  • Issues in the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Low-Income Countries
  • Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
  • Infectious Diseases and Child Survival
  • Child and Public Health in the Tropics

Residents will be expected to present their scholarly work and capstone projects at the annual School of Public Health Global Health Day and at international conferences, such as the annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (of which Johns Hopkins is a member).

global health residents posing in front of maternal health poster
global health residents with Kenyan villagers
global health residents posing in front of ambulance

Relationships and Collaborations

The global health track leverages relationships and collaborations across the Department of Pediatrics and the larger Johns Hopkins University community, including:

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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