About the Program

This one or two-year fellowship includes an MPH degree for the two-year curriculum. Twelve months of the program will be in an in-field setting with 12 months in the OSU clinical setting to include an MPH classroom component. Field locations include hospitals in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Haiti. Other locations are possible as dictated by World Bank standards of low resource countries.

The fellow will also be involved in the in the immigrant clinic network for Columbus, Ohio. Fellows will be expected to produce at least one peer reviewed research manuscript at completion of fellowship program. The fellowship will emphasize the systems development and sustainable education efforts for work force and programmatic development in very low resource settings. Ohio State has an advantage in this area since programs are already in existence to address sustainability, rather than solely primary patient care.


International field projects

Fellows gain firsthand experience in disaster response, emergency medicine development, refugee medicine, public health, human rights, travel medicine and emergency medical provider training in underdeveloped countries. A broad range of international experience is a hallmark of the program. Existing experiences in low income countries (LIC’s) include Dodoma, Tanzania, Gisenyi, Rwanda, Narok and Bomet counties, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Hinche, Haiti. Other in-field experiences are available, as defined by the WHO standard definition for LIC. 

Developing a foundation of knowledge in public health
Fellows earn a Masters in Public Health from The Ohio State University College of Public Health through their program for experienced professionals. The curriculum for the MPH-PEP is similar to that for the full-time MPH, requiring a minimum of 45 credit hours. However, PEP students do not specialize, other than through their use of electives and their choices for practicum and culminating experience. The MPH program is augmented through refugee clinics in low income districts within the city of Columbus, and significant exposure to the needs of diaspora populations within the states is explored through these clinical opportunities.
Contributing scholarship in public health
Fellows may join ongoing faculty research projects or spearhead individual projects in their areas of interest. Fellows have access to faculty, research and training resources throughout the university.
Develop sustainable, funded initiatives in global health
Experience writing grant proposals for individual projects is strongly encouraged and fully supported within the fellowship.
The practice of emergency medicine during the Global Health Fellowship
Fellows supervise Ohio State Emergency Medicine and EM/IM residents in the emergency department of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a Level I trauma and burn center with over 70,000 emergency visits per year.

Application Process

All applications must be received by September 15 for consideration.

An Ohio medical license will be required before starting the fellowship. To start the application process, you must be a graduate from an emergency medicine residency program.

Application Requirements

  • A current CV with reference list
  • A statement describing your reason for pursuing global health fellowship training (personal statement)
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores (official report)
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from emergency medicine faculty, with one letter of recommendation from your current program director

How to Apply

To apply, submit all required materials to Jeanine Hatfield at Jeanine.Hatfield@osumc.edu

Our Leaders


Diane Gorgas, MD

Director, Global Health Fellowship