Global Health Program

The Global Health Program (GHP) aims to foster and support Global Health activities within the Faculty of Medicine, in line with one of the key aspirations for a strong commitment to community of the University of Ottawa’s Transformation 2030. The GHP strives to provide training as well as support for all our faculty member taking part in international and Canadian Global Health activities in low resource settings including education, research, healthcare and capacity-building opportunities, so that these may be carried out in a safe and ethical manner. The program also helps faculty members in establishing strategic and sustainable initiatives that facilitate the engagement of uOttawa students, residents and faculty with the ultimate outcome of improving health care delivery in Canada as well as contributing to improvements in healthcare in low-resource communities around the world. In addition, the GHP supports international electives in UGME and PGME with pre and post training as well as ongoing support in country during these electives. The Global Health Program provides a hub for communication about Global Health activities throughout the faculty and in the surrounding community, including organizing Global Health Journal Club and the monthly Global Health newsletter.

For more information, contact the program coordinator ( The GHP works closely with UGME Global Health Interest Group of the Aesculapian Society, including supporting the annual student-led Global Health Conference.

In keeping with our Social Accountability mandate, there is an undergraduate Global Health (GH) curriculum and a Global Health Concentration that is offered to select students culminating in a Global Health certificate.

History of the Global Health Program at the Faculty of Medicine

The Global Health Program (GHP) was established in 2009 as the Office of Global Health to further Global Health activities within the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine by delivering educational programs including undergraduate and post-graduate curriculum development and supporting the initiatives of trainees and faculty. In addition, the GHP assists the University in establishing mutually sustainable and respectful partnerships with international partner academic institutions and NGOs.

Since then, the program’s continued importance to the Faculty community has been manifested by students, resident and professors, in a context where institutional Global Health Programs are in increasing demand and constitute a recruitment factor for medical trainees. The GHP aims to develop, manage and promote opportunities for students and faculty to engage in academic activities in international settings.

If you would like to receive Global Health Program updates and information about global health in our community, please sign up to the monthly uOttawa Global Health newsletter. Send your request to the program coordinator at


“I wanted to further my education in global health, as it has a widespread influence across all fields of medicine, I also value the unique opportunities offered by the program, such as Global Health Journal club, focused talks and elective opportunities.” – Natalie Rakocevic MD 2021.

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