Organization for Global Health (OGH)


The Organization for Global Health (OGH) is composed of students at the Stanford University School of Medicine who have come together with the desire to increase awareness of international health issues through educating at home and assisting abroad. 


  • To increase awareness of the issues in global health.
  • To facilitate participation in issues surrounding international health through travel fellowships and NGO networking.
  • To stimulate passion and interest through tangible community-initiated, community-centered projects abroad.

Medical Students Abroad

Whether helping devise new preventive strategies, gaining hands-on clinical experience or conducting field research, members of OGH are advocates for improved health care worldwide. 



Meet the Leaders of OGH

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Contact the OGH Leadership to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities on campus. 


Dylan Griswold is a 2nd year medical student from Massachusetts interested in pursuing a career as a pediatric neurosurgeon focused on building surgical capacity in low-resource settings. Dylan has spent time evaluating health systems in Haiti and Guatemala in addition to working closely with the lead of the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care programme at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dylan is currently taking classes to learn how effective policy can inform and lead to building sustainable health systems. As he hopes to continue working closely with international governing bodies and WHO Member States he is also taking classes to gain proficiency in French. 


Courtney Pedersen is a medical student at Stanford University. Prior to medical school, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. After graduation, she spent over three years in Senegal as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her work focused on increasing access to family planning for women in rural communities. Upon completing her Peace Corps service, she matriculated at the Yale School of Public Health with a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. During her graduate work, she was awarded a Down’s Fellowship to study the burden of infectious disease among the incarcerated female population in Malaysia and substance abuse disorders among transgender sex workers in Kuala Lumpur.


Jeffrey Edwards is a second-year medical student at Stanford University. Though he was born and raised in Texas, his parents were both born in the Caribbean, motivating him to pursue international health early on in his training. Before starting medical school, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology at Harvard University. Following his undergraduate degree, he spent a year in western Kenya, partnering with a local Kenyan hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, conducting research on emergency care in resource-limited settings. He has spent time in Malawi and Sudan as well, and hopes to continue building relationships with previously established sites in the hopes of improving access to care in resource-limited settings in a sustainable manner.


Margot Robinson graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with degrees in Physics and Arabic Studies. In 2012, she joined the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle as a Post-Bachelor Fellow. At IHME, she helped design and roll out a household health survey in Saudi Arabia and worked on various aspects of the Global Burden of Disease Study, including vaccine coverage for children. She subsequently worked at the Laboratory for Systems Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her work has been published in The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other peer-reviewed journals. Now a first year medical student at Stanford University, Margot helps lead the school’s Organization for Global Health and hopes to use research and advocacy in the future to influence global health policy.