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Guiding and Sustaining Leaders

To improve world health by mentoring a new generation of leaders, the UCLA Center for World Health provides clinical, research, and humanitarian education and training for medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty from UCLA and around the world. Programs at the UCLA campus and at clinical and research training sites in diverse international settings encourage learners to engage health challenges worldwide through a compassionate and humanistic lens. The Center’s Global Health Education Programs are led by Drs. Tom Coates, Lee Miller, Tanya Arora, Dan DeUgarte, Jorge Lazareff, and Traci Wells. For more information, please email Traci Wells at

Please visit our EXPLORE database for a comprehensive view of the global education and training programs conducted by faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health in collaboration with international partners.


Programs for UCLA medical students include international clinical and research electives, a global health selective course, an intensive global health pathway, and opportunities to engage and network with global health leaders.


Information on international electives and global health learning opportunities at several of the Residency Programs at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA offers a variety of pre- and postdoctoral fellowships for U.S. and international scholars. We maintain a comprehensive, interactive database of our fellowship opportunities.


Our educational endeavors are broad, from advanced training for physicians from around the world to course offerings open to the public. We seek to engage and inspire faculty and students from diverse disciplines and institutions, from the U.S. as well as other countries.


The UCLA Center for World Health holds lectures, discussion groups, and special events throughout the year on a variety of cutting-edge topics from experts in global health and international medicine.


This resource serves as an overview of some of the possibilities for global health careers and the training required, as well as links to global health job listings and sources of funding for global health fellows and other trainees.


  • It is our great pleasure to present to you the UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) 2016-2017 annual report.

    The UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) was established in 2012 as a joint initiative of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health to produce leaders who will meet the changing health needs of our planet and optimize health care through community partnerships.

    UCLA attracts extraordinary minds – both faculty and students – that strive towards a culture of innovation and are dedicated to strengthening human capital. We have exceptional intellectual capacity and a robust history of generating research that benefits millions worldwide.

    We are committed to transform the practice of world health to close the gaps and make a sustainable difference by providing clinical experiences, innovative research opportunities as well as humanitarian training.

    This report summarizes the highlights of our programs, and describes the expansion of our educational, research, capacity building and health systems strengthening projects that support our vision of a world in which all people achieve their right to high-quality, compassionate, and affordable health care. We develop major collaborations in global pediatric care that will have a lasting impact on the well-being of all children. We work with people around the world to develop the skills they need to solve problems where they live. We work with them to develop educational and health systems that make a difference. We train them to leverage the science and technology necessary to understand how best to improve health locally. We partner with them to educate their next generation of leaders, and we strive toward clinical excellence for everyone, everywhere.

    We are also very proud to feature our Global Health Education Program and the accomplishments of some of the students and faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

    Our website provides additional information on the projects of our many global faculty and partners that we weren’t able to feature in this report.

    The UCLA Center for World Health would like to thank you all for your continued interest and support. Please sign up for our email newsletter if you would like to receive updates on our events, programs, and other activities.

    Please feel free to contact us should you be interested in learning more about the Center.
    Photo: Uday Devaskar at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital (DMH) with Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, and Rajan Joshi, Director of the DMH NICU.

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Uday P. Devaskar, MD, Chief of Neonatology at UCLA’s Department of Pediatrics, has dedicated his career to improving the health and well-being of neonates (babies in the first four weeks of life). Since 2001, Dr. Devaskar has been building a close collaboration with Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital (DMH), a charitable, 800-bed multispecialty hospital in Pune, India.

    Dr. Devaskar’s program with DMH has resulted in the institution becoming a center of excellence for high-tech newborn patient care, education, and research. DMH’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has expanded from 16 to 45 beds, and the excellence of its care for newborns is now comparable to that of the NICU at UCLA. DMH also has emerged as a center of education and training for physicians and nurses in Pune and in surrounding areas in India.

    On December 8, 2016, Dr. Devaskar was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Neonatology Forum, the largest scientific body of professionals involved in managing newborn care in India. Dr. Devaskar was presented with this prestigious award as a way to recognize his major contributions to improving the health of newborns in India.

    Photo: UCLA medical students participating in microbiology rounds on the infectious disease service at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    It is a particularly exciting time to study global health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as there are a large variety of opportunities for medical students to customize their global health training and experiences. The Global Health Education Program through the UCLA Center for World Health offers a variety of educational programs for UCLA medical students, including classroom-based learning, field-based research opportunities, as well as global health clinical experiences during students’ last year of study.

    This year, CWH facilitated global health clinical electives for 39 fourth year medical students. Students participated in electives in China, Ghana, India, Malawi, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, and Thailand. The clinical elective is a highly tailored experience, providing students exposure to a variety of services, including emergency medicine, family medicine, infectious diseases, ob-gyn, ophthalmology, pediatrics, and surgery.

    CWH also provided financial support to 17 students who participated in a medical Spanish elective in Costa Rica. In total, more than 30 percent of the graduating class participated in a credit-bearing elective abroad.

    For many students, the elective provides a first exposure to global health and helps inform their clinical careers, prompting them to envision how they might incorporate global health activities during residency and beyond. Furthermore, students find that skills gained abroad are applicable not only to international settings, but also to their domestic medical practice.

    According to Elizabeth Fisseha, a recent graduate who completed an elective in Chennai, India, “Witnessing the excellent clinical expertise, multilingualism, and cultural sensitivity of physicians here has inspired me to continue to hone my own clinical and language skills so that I may be able to communicate with patients from various backgrounds here in the U.S.”

    Sarah Mottahedan, who traveled to Lilongwe, Malawi, expressed similar sentiments stating, “As healthcare professionals and as patients, we take our healthcare system for granted and we don’t consider the costs to our healthcare system. After working in a limited resource area, I realize that we can be both grateful for the resources we have at our disposal for patient care and, on the other hand, we can also be more conscious about what is needed to care for patients.”