Global Health Track


The University of Arizona Department of Family & Community Medicine has a unique opportunity to provide quality education and training in the field of global health to its residents. Located within 60 miles of one of the most traversed international borders in the world, nearby to several Native American reservations, and home to over 11,000 refugees, the city of Tucson provides ample opportunities to encounter global health issues on a local level. The University of Arizona also is host to the Global Health Institute, a home to numerous well-known clinicians and public health practitioners involved in international health projects on the border and around the world.


The goal of the residency track is to train family physicians to adequately provide quality health care to all populations in an international context. Residents completing this track will develop:

  • Improved clinical diagnostic skills
  • Decreased reliance on costly technologies for clinical diagnosis and management
  • Increased awareness about the healthcare costs associated with different diagnostic and treatment methods
  • Increased awareness of neglected, tropical, and epidemic diseases not commonly seen in the United States
  • Improved cultural sensitivity and awareness of how medical practice is affected by the particular religious, political, and cultural context within different regions
  • Increased likelihood of long-term commitment to careers in underserved medicine both domestically and abroad
  • Understanding of the important role of public health interventions, health systems & public policy in addressing health problems


  1. Mentorship requirement: Participants are required to declare their intention to participate in the track by the end of the PGY2 year. All declared track participants are required to meet with a faculty mentor in the global health track at least twice a year to design an individualized education plan to meet the track requirements and to discuss progress and planning for away electives.
  1. Monthly Post-Teaching Day Activities: 10 required over the course of R2 & R3 years; optional but encouraged attendance during PGY1. During December the monthly post-teaching day activity will be replaced by attendance at one of the global health themed teaching days.
  1. Independent Study Hours in Key Topic Areas: Participants are required to do independent study in each of the topic areas listed.  This requirement can be met through free online lectures, reading related novels/books/journal articles, viewing related movies, attending above group activities, or via other means approved by the faculty mentor. Hours must be completed by May 1st of the PGY 3 year in order to meet the track requirements for graduation. A regularly updated listing of options for completing this requirement will be provided to all participants.

Key Topic Areas (required hours):

      Maternal / Women’s Health (10)
      Child Health (10)
      Infectious Disease: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Diarrhea, Tropical Medicine (10)
      Chronic Diseases (10)
      Injury Prevention & Surgical Trauma (10)
      Humanitarian Assistance during Disasters & Emergency Medicine (10)
      Refugee Health (10)
      Epidemiology & Biostatistics (5)
      Health Systems, Policy, & Public Health (10)
      Humanitarian Assistance & the Aid Debate (5)
      Practicing Globally Locally: The U.S.-Mexico Border & Native Americans (10)

  1. International/Underserved Health Experience: Participants are required to spend one of their Out of Town Electives during PGY2 or PGY3 year working either internationally or within a local Native American reservation site.

a. Pre-travel planning expectations:
     i. Meeting with faculty advisor to determine goals and objectives
     ii. Emergency/safety plan w/insurance information and emergency contact numbers to be provided to FMRP Program Coordinator, Program Director, and Faculty Advisor

b. Post-travel presentations (during teaching days – ½ hr resident lecture slots

  1. Optional Scholarly Project: Participants are strongly encouraged to focus their independent study project required for graduation from the UAFMRP on a topic of global health interest.
  1. Optional Graduate Certificate: Participants are strongly encouraged to enroll in The University of Arizona School of Public Health’s 12 unit online Graduate Certificate in Global Health & Development. The enrollment fee will be paid by the UAFMRP.
  1. Optional Global Health Course: Participants without previous formal education in Global Health are encouraged to use their out-of-town elective during their 2nd/3rd years to participate in The University of Arizona’s course on Global Health: Clinical and Community Care
  1. Optional Meeting Attendance: Participants are invited to represent the UAFMRP at the American Academy of Family Physician’s Global Health Workshop, held each year in the fall.


Upon graduation, participants meeting the four main requirements listed above will receive a Certificate of Completion honoring their extra efforts at graduation, as well as a designation in their summative letter from the Program Director.