BIDMC funds four to six residents per year (from any of BIDMC’s residency programs) to attend one of two Harvard Global Health Academic Courses (below). Residents must apply, and are selected after a multi-specialty committee review. Space is limited due to funding and competitive nature for these positions. Applications are due annually in early winter. For more information, contact Ruth Colman at

Harvard Global Health Academic Courses

The Harvard Global Health Academic Courses are also open to all residents, but they require an application and adequate preparation.

Global Health Delivery (Summer) Intensive

  • Three-week course each July at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health held by experts in the field (co-directed by Joseph J. Ratigan, Jr., MD and Rebecca Weintraub MD).
  • Focus on global health epidemiology, care delivery and management practices.
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Humanitarian Response Intensive Course

  • Two-week course each April through the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard by experts in the field (co-directed by Michael Van Rooyen, MD, MPH and Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH).
  • Focus on primary frameworks in the humanitarian field and practical issues that arise in the field, such as personal and team security, rapid assessments, application of minimum standards for food security, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene) as well as operational approaches to relations with the military in humanitarian settings.
  • Culminates in a 3-day, 2-night simulation of a complicated disaster and conflict scenario.
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Global Health Curriculum Sessions

Global Health Curriculum Sessions (through the Internal Medicine residency program) are held throughout the year and are intended to provide a framework for addressing global health disparities (domestic and international), prepare residents for their time abroad and train them to be effective clinicians in system- and resource-challenged settings. Sessions are open to all residents, medical students and other members of the Boston medical/public health community. These include skill-based sessions, case discussions, journal clubs and lectures by experts from Harvard and other national and international institutions. Topics relate to global health delivery, ethics and social medicine. Other BIDMC residency training programs (beyond Internal Medicine) may hold their own global health didactic sessions.

Contact Information
Global Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
303 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-754-4677