The Duke Division of Emergency Medicine has partnered with the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health and the Duke Global Health Institute to offer a Global Health Fellowship, a two-year advanced training program in global health for emergency physicians.

Our program is dedicated to training future faculty members and leaders in international emergency medicine. Our method is prolonged immersion in clinical care, education, and research globally, combined with master’s level education and growth of emergency medicine expertise while at Duke.  Our Fellowship is a component of the Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows (GHP).

Our fellows spend 7.5-12 months at one of our priority partnership locations performing clinical care, educating, and conducting research. Additionally, they will earn a master of science in global health, and serve as an emergency medicine faculty member while at Duke.

Now accepting applications for July 2022 start

Fellowship Experience

The Duke Global Health Fellowship is a 24-month track, which includes approximately nine months of didactic course work for a master of science in global health degree as well as 7.5-12 months overseas providing clinical care and working on a master’s project at a developing world partner site.

In the event that candidates already have a comparable advanced degree upon entry into the program, they will have the option to either enroll in additional class work or spend an extended period of time overseas.

Fellows will begin their program on July 1 of each academic year. After a brief orientation, the fellows will go overseas for several weeks to become acclimated to the environment where they will be working and to lay the groundwork for their projects.

Classes for the Master of Science in global health will begin in the latter half of August and continue through May of the following year. Following the master’s level coursework, fellows will complete their projects while engaging in an additional 6-12 months of mentored clinical and research activities at one of our partner global health sites.

During both program years, fellows will serve as junior-level teaching attendings in Duke University Hospital’s emergency department during the months when they are not overseas.

Core Curriculum

The Duke Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows (GHP) prepares trainees to bridge clinical practice with public health principles in order to reduce health disparities both locally and abroad.
The GHP core curriculum focuses on clinical practice, research, and health policy in low-resource settings. GHP Trainees will obtain a profound appreciation for the social determinates and consequences of health disparities in the communities where they work.

Program Objectives
Site Assessment
Trainees begin the program with a 6-week experience at one of our global partner locations prior to starting master’s classes in August. The site assessment facilitates the establishment of essential relationships and the identification of the research project focus.

Master's Training
Duke’s Master of Science in Global Health degree program offers GHP trainees opportunities to develop and refine skills in research study design, quantitative and qualitative methods, and to understand key health policy and ethical challenges confronting those engaged in global health careers.

On-Site Global Health Training
Trainees spend 9-12 months engaged in a collaborative research project of global health significance at their partner site. Trainees will deepen their understanding of health disparities, improve their clinical problem solving abilities and physical examination proficiency. 

Key Deliverables
  • Produce one or more global health-oriented manuscript of publishable quality.
  • Complete a master's thesis.
  • Present a topical or project-related academic talk to the Duke medical or global health community.


Project Name & Description Details

Julian Hertz

2019 Graduate

Sophie Galson

2018 Graduate

Erica Casey

2011 Graduate

Brian Meier

2017 Graduate

Elizabeth Krebs

2014 Graduate


Program Director
Catherine Staton


Application Requirements

- Updated curriculum vitae - Two letters of recommendation from faculty (one may be from your Program Director). Faculty members should send their recommendation letters directly - Personal Statement (1-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing the Global Health Pathway should include: - A description of any prior work/experiences overseas related to caring for underserved populations - Personal qualities that will prepare you for this position - A clear articulation of your career goals - How this program will help you accomplish your career goals

Application Process

Send application materials electronically. A selection committee will interview top candidates shortly after the application deadline.

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection

Eligible applicants must have completed ACGME requirements for Emergency Medicine and be board eligible prior to participating in the Global Health Residency/Fellowship Pathway. Criteria for selection include: - Strong recommendation from Residency Program Director - Academic qualifications - Demonstrated maturity, integrity, and cross cultural awareness/sensitivity - Relevance of global health training to future career plans - Prior international experience - Strength of personal interview

Important Dates

Applications may only be submitted between
Jul 01, 2021 at 12:00AM and Sep 30, 2021 at 11:55PM

Application Deadline : Sep 30, 2021

All application materials must be received before midnight on September 30, 2021.

Interviews Begin : Oct 01, 2021

Interviews will be held in October and scheduled based on applicant and faculty availability. In order to comply with institutional policies, all interviews will be held virtually.