Global Health Research Certificate Program

For health science researchers, it doesn’t get much bigger than the notion of global health – both in terms of scope and potential impact. No matter what your expertise and research interest, there are meaningful ways to apply your work in a global health setting. Yet for all of its promise, the field can be daunting, requiring know-how, networks and resources that extend around the world. How do you get started?

The Global Health Research Certificate Program is intended to help faculty, fellows and residents incorporate global health into their research portfolios, creating a foundation for meaningful collaborative relationships and research in the global health setting, and ultimately paving the way to successfully compete for extramural funding for global health research. Through a combination of mentorship and monthly seminar events, participants will gain the tools to develop their own research activities abroad, including the skills to seek extramural funding for global health projects.

Participants may come from any of the U-M health science schools, and there is no tuition cost. 


The program is open to any U-M faculty (MD or PhD), fellow, resident, or PhD candidate interested in establishing or expanding their research activities in an international setting. The program is managed through the University of Michigan Medical School, but participants are welcome from other U-M health science schools.

Requirements & Competencies

Participants will work through a customized curriculum that will include the following.

  • Active participation in at least 70% of monthly seminars for the 2023-24 session. Most seminars will be virtual with some opportunity for in-person networking within the cohort.
  • Participating in other U-M/UMMS global health programming/seminars (e.g., Global Health Initiative seminars organized by Global REACH).
  • Engaging in mentorship with local and international mentors.

In addition to the requirements above, participants upon program completion should have a demonstrated understanding of the following key competency areas. The following competency domains are broad in nature, framed as questions participants should be able to answer. They will be customized by the faculty presenters to complement their skills and address the needs of the program learners.

  1. What is global health?
  2. What are the challenges and optimal approaches for collaborating with international research partners?
  3. How can one prepare to understand the local context in order to practice cultural humility?
  4. How do health systems vary internationally in terms of their financing, governance, and organization structures?
  5. What are some of the significant topics/trends in global health that are current focuses of inquiry and funding (i.e., global burden of diseases; access and universal health care, including access to trauma, surgical management; quality and safety in healthcare settings; maternal and child health; infectious diseases; non-communicable/chronic diseases)?
  6. What are common information sources and potential data sets available to global health researchers?
  7. What are some research skills that are particularly useful in global health (i.e., secondary data analysis, qualitative and mixed-methods research, implementation science)?
  8. How can funding opportunities be identified and successfully pursued?
  9. How can one develop and nurture a 'community of practice' regarding global health research?
  10. What are the optimal models for blending global health research in a domestic-based career?


The application period for the 2023-24 session is now closed. Check back in the summer of 2024 for the next enrollment period.

Participating Scholars


Dhanalakshmi Thiyaga 
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Elisabeta Karl

Abdullah Alwaleedi

Brigit Baglien

Jacqueline Kaufman
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Michelle Sun

Sundas Saboor
Public Health

Jian-Guo Geng

Bela Parekh

Lauren Ward
Public Health

Samia Abdelnabi

Katie Beres

Chantal Simons


The Global Health Research Certificate Program is managed and administered by Global REACH under the leadership of Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Behavior & Health Education Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Cheryl Moyer, PhD, Associate Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Ob-Gyn, and Joseph Kolars, MD, MACP UMMS Senior Associate Dean. The program is managed by Global REACH Program Manager Jiawei Ribaudo, PhD.


For more information, email program manager Jiawei Ribaudo.

Led by global health leaders from across U-M, monthly seminars focus on a range of topics that apply across disciplines: state of global health, international collaborations, mixed methods research, burden of disease, research funding, and more.


Miles Greenwald (Ophthalmology)

Kyle Carpenter (Surgery)

Marie Bangura (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Charles Katulamu (Sociology)

Janamarie Perroud (Public Health)

Ahmad Hider (UMMS)

Emily Briceno (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

Marcia Campos (Dentistry)

Magherita Fontana (Dentistry)

Maria Inglehart (Dentistry)


Tessa Adzemovic (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics)

Anton Avanceña (Health Management & Policy)

Melissa Elafros (Neurology)

Chelsea Finkbeiner (UMMS)

Phillip Hsu (Surgery)

Thomas Klein (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Lu Qu (Kinesiology)

Angela Quain (Pediatric Cardiology)

Victor Rentes (Learning Health Sciences)

Jiawei Ribaudo (Global REACH)

Lee Schroeder (Pathology)

Melissa Zochowski (Learning Health Sciences)


Nate Nessle (Pediatrics/Hematology-Oncology)

Brooke Bradley-Hewitt (Pediatric Oncology)

Arvind Rao (Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics)

Louise Ashwell (Social Work)

Josh Vo (Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics)

Joseph Ladines-Lim (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics)

Daffolyn Rachel Fels Elliott (Pathology)

Warren Pan (Ophthalmology)


Ana De Roo (Surgery)

Yolaine Civil (Pediatrics)

Julia Porth (Public Health)

Mark Peterson (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)

David Flood (Internal Medicine-Pediatrics)

Brian Perron (Social Work)

Emma Lawrence (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Olivia Killeen (Ophthalmology)

Nana Sefa (Emergency Medicine)

Rama Mwenesi (Learning Health Science)


Alex Friedman Peahl (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

D’Angela Pitts (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Dana Tshannen (Nursing)

Elham Mahmoudi (Family Medicine)

Gifty Kwakye (Surgery)

Jessica Billig (Surgery)

Jessica Cote (Neurology)

Julie Buser (Nursing)

Mercedes Pilkington (Pediatric Surgery)

Stephanie Kukora (Pediatrics)


Nauzley Abedinia (Internal Medicine)

Sharla Rent (Pediatrics)