Stanford Global Health Media Fellowship

About the Stanford Global Health Media Fellowship 

In 2011 Stanford University’s Center for Innovation in Global Health launched the first U.S. Fellowship in Media and Global Health to teach physicians-in-training to use various media channels to advocate and inform on global health issues. Fellows are chosen from a national pool of medical students committed to a career in global health. The Fellow learns how reporting on global health issues can impact health and human rights efforts, foundation and government health assistance, and individual health choices.

This opportunity provides medical students with 12 months of practical training in the fundamentals of journalism, communications, and global health reporting on a variety of media platforms, including print, online, broadcast, social and digital media. One fellow, selected from a national pool of candidates, participates in three rotations over the course of the fellowship year. She or he spends the fall quarter (mid-August through December) as an MA student in journalism with Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism. In the winter, the fellow interns at a broadcast news outlet. And in the spring, the fellow completes a capstone project in the field.


Throughout the fellowship, the Fellow will be mentored by: 

·       Michele Barry, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health at the Stanford School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health;

·       Nancy Snyderman, MD, FACP, former chief medical editor for NBC News; 

·       James T. Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication and Director of the Stanford Journalism Program; and 

·       Paul Costello, Chief of Communication and Public Affairs for Stanford Medicine. 


The Fellowship aims to teach: 

·       How journalists and TV medical correspondents select and frame topics, stories, and issues in the field of global health;

·       Techniques to present and write persuasively about science;

·       How to access new channels and technologies for persuasive communication.

Upon completion, the Fellow is required to produce a in-depth article or other substantive media creation on a global health topic .

The Fellow will return to medical training with the expectation that in addition to treating patients, conducting research or teaching, she or he will also become an advocate and spokesperson for global health issues.


Application Information

Applications for 2019-2020 fellowship year are now open. Please email Jody Berger for additional information.

The fellowship begins August of each year and concludes in July the following year. Complete applications include

- Completed application 
- Letter of Interest
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current CV

See details in application which can be downloaded below.

* Stanford-Global-Health-Media-Fellowship-App_2019.pdf
Global Health Media Fellow Application 2019

2017-2018 Fellow

Mark Lieber is a third-year medical student at the University of California-Irvine and the current Stanford Global Health & Media Fellow. He holds a Masters in Global Health Sciences from the University of California-San Francisco and pursued his undergraduate education at Stanford University ('06), where he double-majored in Human Biology and Film & Media Studies. After college, Mark worked as an Associate Producer at National Geographic Television in New York for four years, focusing on a television series called "Lockdown" that documented life in America's prison system. More recently, he worked as a Health Systems Coordinator for Partners In Health in Malawi where he worked alongside the Ministry of Health to upgrade a rural health center into a community hospital. Looking forward, Mark hopes to combine his medical training with his documentary film background to advocate for healthcare issues faced by vulnerable populations both domestically and abroad.