Global Health Pathway

Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway (GHP) aspires to develop academic physicians who are leaders in global health. It is designed to position residents for diverse careers in global health and to gain critical leadership and life-skills. The overarching objective is to create opportunities for exposure to global health by offering workshops, mentorships, and rotations in developing and developed countries, preferably in locations with a mature collaborative relationship with Johns Hopkins.

Our Residents

About the Program

The Department of Medicine provides a pathway for physicians within the Osler Medical Residency and the Bayview Internal Medicine Residency to develop robust careers geared toward improving global health and has created a vigorous educational environment with strong mentorship and support.

Upon completion of the Global Health Pathway, participants will be able to: 

  1. Ethically lead in the context of global health work  
  2. Strategically plan and perform situational analyses in relation to global health projects 
  3. Understand the principles of bioethics and cultural humility 
  4. Become familiar with different models and resources for global health engagement  
  5. Work effectively on global health scholarship activities, including:    
    • Identifying a project 
    • Navigating international IRB rules 
    • Troubleshooting difficulties
    • Manuscript preparation 
  6. Learn the core principles of QI/SI projects, program building, and developing human resources and personnel

Pathway Structure

Residents participate in didactic workshops, online training courses, advising sessions, and international clinical activities. In addition, residents complete reports of their international health experiences by March of their PGY3 year. Finally, residents complete their scholarship capstone project requirements by May of their PGY3 year. 

Within the Global Health Pathway, residents choose to participate in one of the two tracks:

Track 1: Experience

This track focuses on an international experience early in their PGY2 year. It is designed for those who want an earlier understanding of global health work and an opportunity to foster meaningful relationships with partners during the PGY2 and PGY3 years.  

Track 2: Research

This track focuses on creating a virtual relationship with international partners early in the PGY2 year, in which residents can participate in projects prior to participating in an international elective starting later in their PGY2 year. It is designed for those who want to have an academic track record in global health research prior to applying for fellowships, although it is expected that meaningful research and collaborations will be throughout the PGY2 and PGY3 years. The selected residents will participate in educational and research-based global health rotations. The rotation sites will be in low and middle-income countries where Hopkins has a strong footprint and history of mentorship support. Residents would spend 4-8 weeks continuously in a country and be responsible to complete a scholarly capstone project. They will also be introduced to relevant fellowship and faculty opportunities upon completion. 

How to Apply

Request for applications is distributed each January via email. Please reach out to the pathway director with questions.


  • Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H.

    • Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    • Associate Program Director, Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency
    • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Yuka Manabe, M.D.

    • Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation
    • Medical Director, John G. Bartlett Specialty Practice
    • Professor of Medicine