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Global Health Media Fellowship

Program Overview

We 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. Each year, the fellow 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.


Goals and Objective

We want to grow the audience for global health stories and we want to make sure the stories that are told have accurate information. To help physicians engage with journalists, we designed this program to teach fellows:

  • 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 will produce an 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

We accept applications from American medical students and applications are due each year in February.
Complete applications include:

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

Please contact Global Health Communications Manager Jody Berger for more information.


Previous Fellows

  • 2011-12: Joyce Ho, Stanford medical student
  • 2012-13: Kristina Krohn, MD, resident at the University of Minnesota
  • 2013-14: Hayley Goldbach, University of Pennsylvania medical student
  • 2014-15: Maren Shapiro, University of Pennsylvania medical student
  • 2015-16: Michael Nedelman, Stanford medical student
  • 2016-17: Priya Raja, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center medical student
  • 2017-18: Mark Lieber, University of California, Irvine medical student
  • 2018-19: Edith Bracho-Sanchez, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric resident