Global Health Scholars Track


Admission to the Global Health Scholars Track (GHST) occurs during students' second year at Pritzker, and is based on a written application, an interview with the GHST faculty and identification of a suitable mentor. Brian Callender, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and John Schneider, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Studies co-lead the program under the guidance of the Associate Dean for Global Health and the Center for Global Health Steering Committee.

Core Components of the Global Health Scholars Track

  • GHST Lecture Series

This lecture series exposes students to a variety of topics about global health issues. Lecturers include University of Chicago faculty members and guest faculty/speakers.

  • Required First-Year Topical Elective

As a component of the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum, students in the GHST are required to enroll in a track-specific elective during the spring quarter of their first year. Currently, the GHST offers two track-specific electives: Global Public Health and Global HIV/STDs and Community Outreach.

  • International Experience

Students enrolled in the GHST participate in two international experiences over the course of their four years at Pritzker. These experiences take place at partner sites developed and approved by faculty on the basis of research infrastructure, clinical opportunities and faculty supervision. The first international experience takes place after the student's first year and is designed to introduce students to the challenges of conducting research and practicing clinical medicine in resource-limited settings. Students may work with a faculty member and participate in the Summer Research Program (SRP), Human Rights Program, or an individually-designed option with faculty approval. 

Students complete their second international experience during their fourth year, as a continuation of their scholarly project. Watch these student highlight videos to learn more about Pritzker students' research and training abroad.

  • Mentorship

In their first year at Pritzker, students are matched with mentors whose background and experiences align with the students' clinical and research interests. Students work with their mentors throughout their four years.

  • Clinical Training

GHST students supplement their medical school clinical curriculum by participating in local community health clinics that provide care to underserved and immigrant populations.

  • Final Projects

As part of all Scholarship and Discovery tracks, students in the GHST are required to complete a review paper and research proposal with pilot data by the end of their second year. The students must complete their research project by the end of their fourth year.

Visit Pritzker's Scholarship & Discovery website to learn more about the Global Health Scholars track and other options available to students.