Our history...

Our program is nationally known for its longitudinal training in Global Health. A pioneer in the Global Health field since 1991, we have a long-standing commitment to train and inspire adaptable physicians to lead and serve in healthcare for underserved and vulnerable populations both in the United States or internationally.

Our curriculum reflects this commitment, featuring integrated global health rotations, monthly global health conferences, diverse scholarship opportunities, and strong community medicine experiences.

Our residents are encouraged, but not required, to participate in our global health experiences. Residents enjoy fully funded trips during their first two years and $2000 towards a third-year experience. Our dedicated faculty members have broad experience as long-and short-term medical providers in Honduras, Cambodia, Haiti, Cameroon and Armenia.

Our global health philosophy...

We train family physicians to work with vulnerable populations: whether they live across the world, or in our own backyard. Vulnerable populations are those patients who are economically, politically, culturally, ethnically, geographically or in any way marginalized. We view Global Health as a multidisciplinary approach to the health that takes into account all the determinants of health-social, environmental and physical.

Our curriculum includes speakers from many disciplines: anthropology, nursing, dentistry, pediatrics, public health, and psychiatry. This framework allows us to address issues which face vulnerable populations everywhere, and prepares the physician to address these issues, in whatever practice setting they find themselves.

A few current curriculum topics include

  • social determinants of health

  • public policy, advocacy, and leadership

  • community and population health

  • cultural competence

  • disaster relief and health care systems

  • models of medical care

  • nutrition, child health, education

  • women's health in foreign countries

  • infectious disease

  • care of LGBTQ patients in a global setting

  • chronic disease management

  • mental health

One of the many volcanoes seen in Guatemala

One of the many volcanoes seen in Guatemala

The current Global Health experience...

Our current partnership is with Wuqu' Kawoq: Maya Health Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Guatemala which is the second largest provider of health care in the country, after the Guatemalan Ministry of Health.  This organization provides care to the rural, indigenous Maya people in their native languages.  Wuku' Kawoq's nurses and physicians collaborate with the Guatemalan health care system by integrating with local health promoters to expand on preexisting health resources and infrastructure.  

Our residency program has been partnered with this organization since 2015 to increase their medical services offered throughout the year, although the care continues by medical workers in country even in our program's absence.  In addition to direct patient care, the residency has worked with the organization in a variety of projects, including women's health, chronic disease management, and mental health. 


Underserved care in our own community...

Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood where some of our long term continuity sites are located

Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood where some of our long term continuity sites are located

Aside from learning to care for people in international resource limited settings, you will have long term continuity sites in our own community.  You will practice family medicine in these sites in addition to the Family Medicine Center.