What is Global Health

Global health is “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide” (The Lancet). It is the field of medicine that deals with “those health issues that transcend national boundaries and governments and call for actions on the global forces that determine the health of people” (NCBI).

AMSA’s Global Health Team

The Global Health (GH) Action Committee executes AMSA’s programming and advocacy efforts in issues of global health, including but not limited to maternal and child health; access to medicines and quality, affordable health care for all; HIV, TB and other neglected diseases; refugee health; health and human rights; and ethical, sustainable service here and abroad.

This year, the Global Health team will focus on promoting sustainability and ethics in global health practices. We hope to increase student involvement in global health, but in the right way.

Get Involved

The Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) is a comprehensive six month-long program created to inspire those medical, premedical, and public health students who are interested in pursuing internationally-oriented careers in the health professions. This year, the Global Health Scholars Program curriculum is designed to examine the ongoing evolution of international health in the context of globalization.

The AIDS Advocacy Network (AAN) is made up of health professional students dedicated to creating a national network focused on advocating for the fight against the global AIDS pandemic. Click to learn more.

Global Health in the On Call Blog

AMSA Stands in Solidarity with the World Health Organization (WHO)

By: Keya Shah, Peter Papaioannou, and Mariana Ndrio On July 7, the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. would formally withdraw from the World Health Organization […]

Language Disparities in the U.S. Healthcare System

This post was created in partnership between AMSA’s Global Health Action Committee and AMSA Partner Canopy Learn.   “No puedo respirar,” she said at the other […]

Maternal Mortality: A Bigger Problem than You May Think 

By: Zoreed Mukhtar 2019—2020 Global Health Policy Coordinator & Health Care for All Steering Committee Member    When you hear of maternal mortality, you may think […]

The Plastic Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back

By Hanna Choi, 2019—2020 Global Health Action Committee Programming Coordinator Research comes out on a daily basis on how single-use plastics, the lack of recycling on […]

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? Science Warns It’s Not Up for Debate.

By: Zoreed Mukhtar 2019—2020 Global Health Policy Coordinator & Health Care for All Steering Committee Member As a child growing up in the 1990’s, no one […]

International Day of Disabled Persons

By: Ashley Barker, Global Health Chair The disabled population continues to be a population that relies on medicine, but their needs are rarely fully met. Disability […]

World AIDS Day

By: Anishaa Sivakumar, 2019-2020 AIDS Advocacy Network Chair 770,000 lives lost. 1.7 million lives irrevocably altered. All in a year. HIV, the deadliest pandemic, remains a […]

Quiz yourself—Spanish medical terminology with Canopy Learn!

The problem A majority of physicians struggle with language barriers, often with the 45 million Spanish-speakers in the United States. The risks of miscommunication are too […]

Connecting the Dots: AIDS Advocacy at Home and Abroad

By: Mariah Gray I met the little orphan boy in his home in an Addis Ababa slum. He lived there with his older sister – or […]

“Know your strengths and weaknesses”

This month’s Leader Spotlight is Caitlin Curcuru! Caitlin is a third-year medical student at University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine, and AMSA’s Professionalism & Ethics Advocacy […]

Leader Spotlight: Mackenzie Carlson

This month’s Leader Spotlight is Mackenzie Carlson of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health! Mackenzie joined AMSA in her undergrad to help her prepare for […]

Leader Spotlight: Danielle Kelvas

Leader Spotlight: Danielle Kelvas Read about how AMSA’s Chair of Global Health Danielle Kelvas got started with AMSA, and what she’s focusing on now as a […]

Leader Spotlight: Chloe Waters

Read about how AMSA’s International Region Director, Region 1 Chloe Waters’ found a community upon which to build at her AMSA Chapter. MS2, Focus: Emergency Medicine Saint James […]

Leader Spotlight: Amber Navy

Read about AMSA’s Race, Ethnicity & Culture in Health Programming Coordinator Amber Navy’s enthusiasm for AMSA’s community and how she sticks through the challenges of med school. […]

Leader Spotlight: Sanjana Puri – Community and Public Health Advocacy Coordinator

Read about AMSA’s Community and Public Health Advocacy Coordinator Sanjana Puri’s enthusiasm for AMSA’s community and using their voice as a medical student.. MS1 Focus: Pediatrics […]

Leader Spotlight: Mary Ella Wood – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Chapter President & Global Health Advocacy Coordinator

Read about AMSA Chapter President Mary Ella Wood’s passion for Global Health and advice for future medical students. OMS 2 – Class of 2019 Focus: Emergency […]

Step Into Action: Take a Stand for Global and Women’s Health

By: Jen Junda, Director Member Marketing, AMSA Most of us have big ideas for change we’d like to see in our communities. But, getting started on […]

Taking a gap year before medical school

By: Jennifer Tran-Kiem One student shares how visiting Peru inspired her to wait on medical school.   A year ago, I started to wonder if I […]

A Look at Thalassotherapy

Two summers ago I studied abroad in Germany and Austria to learn about the history of medicine in Europe through a Texas A&M University faculty-led program. […]

Your international experience: Making it count

Your international experience: Making it count You’ve completed an international elective or global health experience; so, what’s next? Explore how you can maximize the value of that […]

Committee Leadership

Rathisha Pathmathasan
Advocacy Coordinator
Shelby Blanton
Programming Coordinator
Oluwadamilola Omojola