Global Health Program

The Pediatric Global Health Curriculum at Georgetown is based on a set of goals and objectives tailored for Pediatric Residents. Each objective can be met by learning in several different formats. The curriculum includes formal lectures, small group discussions, readings, films, individual research and project design, scholarly journal articles, local resources, and online resources including cases, visual diagnosis, and USAID learning modules. Residents are also required to complete an individual project during the three years of residency.

Program Goals

  • Develop an understanding of global differences in health and health care delivery as they relate to economic, political, social and cultural conditions.
  • Understand the global burden of disease, global disease patterns, and the impact of specific diseases and other medical issues on public health and social policy worldwide.
  • Increase knowledge of epidemiology, diagnosis and management of common illnesses and tropical diseases affecting children in developing countries
  • Appreciate the local relevance of global health issues and relate them to own practice
  • Prepare participants for international elective experiences or future work in a developing country setting
  • Develop cultural humility and sensitivity gained from knowledge and experience with Global Health issues and populations
  • Establish an electronic and/or physical Global Health Resource Center within the Hospital/Dept of Pediatrics/Medical School, including faculty, mentors, community leaders, list of available international experience locations and projects, and funding opportunities 

Program Objectives:


  • Explain the major causes of child mortality worldwide and evidence-based interventions to prevent death
  • Identify risk factors for child mortality
  • Understand how politics, cultural practices, and limited resources affect the health of children in various international communities
  • Become aware of international policies/strategies to improve child survival
  • Understand the current status of vaccine-preventable diseases in the developing world, and recognize successes and challenges in controlling VPDS as well as introducing new vaccines into developing countries


Gain specific knowledge in the following core subject areas:

  • Major communicable diseases (diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, HIV, TB,    measles, and meningitis)
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Malnutrition and Micronutrient Deficiencies
  • Clean Water and other Environmental impacts on health
  • Newborn Survival (infant mortality, neonatal sepsis, birth asphyxia, low     birth weight, birth spacing)
  • Seizures and other neurologic and developmental issues
  • Orphaned populations and International Adoption
  • Immigrant Populations and Refugees in the US
  • Ethical Considerations in International Health


  • Complete an independent, longitudinal, mentored scholarly project of publication or presentation quality in the area of global health
  • Participate in international rotation if desired, or in experiences with local service providers that engage immigrant communities at home
  • Experience the triage and management of illness in resource-poor international settings utilizing local resources
  • Understand the challenges of conducting research in an international setting
  • Option of participating in Georgetown Travel Clinic for pre-travel consultation, and illness in returning travelers
  • Presentation of independent project in a formal lecture, grand rounds, formal poster, and/or publication 

Components and Requirements

Click here for document detailing specific requirements for residents enrolled in the Global Health Track



  • Identify Global Health Interest, sign up for participation in GHT
  • Start thinking about ideas for individual project, research topic of interest and/or location of interest
  • Select mentor based on topic of interest
  • Begin Global Health Curriculum


  • Continue to work though Global Health Curriculum
  • Define specific individual project, begin designing project
  • Attend GHT quarterly meetings and lectures
  • International elective with travel abroad during call-free elective or vacation, or local immigrant experience


  • Complete online curriculum
  • Attend GHT quarterly meetings and lectures
  • International elective with travel abroad during call-free elective or vacation, or local immigrant experience
  • Complete individual project
  • Present project and/or submit for publication