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Programs in Education

MED 233: Global Health: Beyond Diseases and International Organizations

This two-week intensive course held each spring provides trainees across disciplines insight to the over-arching themes of global health.

Course Description

MED 233, a two-week, in-person course directed by Dr. Cybele Renault and held annually since 2012, provides trainees across disciplines insight to the over-arching themes of global health. The course encompasses aspects affecting health in developing countries such as economics, principles of public health, the impact of non-governmental organizations, health and human rights, creating successful projects, and the ethics of overseas clinical work and research. Clinical and hands-on components of the course allow students to learn practical, day-to–day knowledge helpful in caring for patients in low-resource settings. Participants are exposed to potential paths in developing a career focused on improving global health through robust panel discussions.

The course is held from 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays only, typically in May, during the 2 weeks prior to Memorial Day. The 2023 course dates are May 15-26, 2023. Full daily attendance is required in order to receive credit for the course, with the exception of weekly continuity clinics for clinical trainee participants.


How to Apply

For resident and fellow scheduling purposes, applications for the course must be submitted more than 1 year in advance. The application cycle opens in mid-January and applications are typically due in late February for the course to be held in the subsequent year.

If you have questions about the course or application process, please contact Yosefa Gilon,



The course is open to Stanford medical students, residents and fellows across all departments and subspecialties, where priority is given to applicants who intend to integrate global health work into their career. Non-medical students or faculty with an interest in global health are also eligible to apply.