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. 

Eligibility

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 for most will extend over two years and include the following.

  • Active participation in at least 70% of monthly seminar sessions, to be held virtually via web conferencing until further notice.
  • 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?

Enroll

The application period for the 2020-21 session is now closed. Enrollment for the next session will take place in the summer, 2021.

Participating Scholars

2019-20

Ana De Roo

Surgery

 

Yolaine Civil

Pediatrics

 

Julia Porth, MPH

Public Health

 

Mark Peterson, PhD, MS

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

 

David Flood, MD

Medicine-Pediatrics

 

Brian Perron, PhD

Social Work

 

2018-19

Jessica Billig, MD

Plastic Surgery

 

Jessica Cote, PhD

Neuroscience

 

Julie Buser, RN, CPNP, PhD

Nursing

 

D'Angela Pitts, MD

Maternal Fetal Medicine

 

Mercedes Pilkington, MD

Pediatric Surgery/Critical Care

 

Dana Tschannen, PhD, RN

Nursing

 

Alex Peahl, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology

 

Elham Mahmoudi, PhD

Family Medicine

 

Gifty Kwakye, MD

Surgery

 

Stephanie Kukora, MD

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

 

2017-18

Nnenaya Agochukwu, MD

Urology

 

Nauzley Abedini, MD

Internal Medicine

 

Sharla Rent, MD

Neonatal Intensive Care

Leadership

The Global Health Research Certificate Program is managed and administered by Global REACH. It is directed by Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Behavior & Health Education Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, with Co-directors Joseph Kolars, MD, UMMS Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives, and Cheryl Moyer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences and Ob-Gyn. The program is managed by Global REACH Program Manager Jiawei Ribaudo, PhD.

Global REACH would like to thank the following faculty for their guidance in developing the Global Health Research Certificate Program:

  • John Ayanian, MD, MPP (School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Public Policy)
  • Vineet Chopra, MD (School of Medicine)
  • Anne Sales, PhD, RN (School of Medicine)
  • Sioban Harlow, PhD (School of Public Health)
  • Gary Freed, MD, MPH (School of Public Health)

For more information, email program manager Jiawei Ribaudo.