Global Health Fellowships

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) established fellowships in global health to:

  • Extend CHOP’s clinical, educational, research and advocacy programs beyond the borders of the United States
  • Train future leaders in pediatric global health
  • More effectively partner with colleagues in global settings

Global health fellows work with colleagues in partner communities around the world to improve health and achieve equity in health for children. Fellows learn to practice in settings with fragmented access to pediatric care, suboptimal pediatric medical care in strained healthcare systems, a scarcity of pediatric-trained health workforce and gaps in pediatric research.

In spite of challenges, fellows work within strong partnerships and contribute to initiatives to address these challenges. Fellows will gain global health clinical, educational, research, advocacy and leadership skills, and will be equipped to practice global health in their future careers.

Acute Care — Global Health Fellowship

This two-year non-ACGME accredited fellowship aimed at American Board of Pediatrics board-eligible and board-certified pediatricians intends to train leaders in global health. Dividing their time between Philadelphia and international sites, fellows will hone the clinical skills needed to provide acute health care in both high- and low-resource settings and pursue clinical, research, advocacy and educational opportunities locally and internationally.

In Philadelphia, the fellow will work in a busy, quaternary care emergency department where they will care for higher acuity patients as a front-line pediatrician with supervision, and as a preceptor for medical students and residents when caring for lower acuity patients. International sites will be determined by the fellow and the fellow’s mentorship committee.

At the conclusion of their fellowship, fellows are expected to have produced a mentored scholarly project that carefully considers the needs and interests of their international site. Additionally, as part of their global health curriculum, fellows will have the opportunity to take relevant coursework including a Diploma of Tropical Medicine.

For information or questions, please contact Alexandra Vinograd, MD, MSHP, DTM&H at

CHOP David N. Pincus Global Health Fellowship

The vision of this fellowship is to train leaders in global child health. This educationally rich and exciting three-year, fully funded academic pediatric global health fellowship seeks outstanding pediatric or pediatric subspecialist candidates who will work primarily in one of our partner countries: Botswana or the Dominican Republic. The three-year global health training model combines clinical service, teaching, and research (50 percent effort) in a global setting.

Fellows benefit from funding, protected time and mentorship to acquire a master’s degree (e.g., MPH or MSCE through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Fellows also design, implement, analyze, present and publish a research project working with experienced global health faculty members in the Department of Pediatrics at CHOP and the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

Learn more about the David N. Pincus Global Health Fellowship. For information or questions, please contact the Fellowship Director, Andrew Steenhoff, MBBCh, DCH at

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Global Health Fellowship

In this four-year program, in addition to completing all requirements for our ACGME-accredited Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) fellowship, the candidate will have academic global health training integrated throughout all four years. Fellows will acquire skills in clinical emergency tropical medicine (both at home and abroad), global health research training, academic work relating to global clinical care, and additional exposure to global health learning opportunities, including a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 

At the completion of the fellowship, candidates are eligible for both the American Board of Pediatrics PEM Certification Exam and the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene CTropMed® examination. If you are interested, please apply to the general PEM fellowship via ERAS in the usual manner and select "PEM-global health track." 

Learn more about the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. For information or questions, please contact Julia Swanson at 215-590-1959 or via email at

Global Health Tracks during Fellowship

CHOP welcomes fellows interested in incorporating Global Health into their fellowship training. Through the Global Health Center, fellows will be linked to a Global Health faculty mentor. Fellows will work with their Global Health mentor and colleagues based in a global setting to identify a suitable project that responds to an expressed need in a low resource setting . If you are interested in learning more about the Global Health Track during fellowship at CHOP, notify your Fellowship Director early in your application process so they can include a CHOP Global Health faculty member in your interview process.

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