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Global Health Lectures, Seminars & Conferences for MD Students

NYU Grossman School of Medicine offers two global health selectives and a global health research elective. One selective focuses on infectious and noncommunicable diseases and mental health in the developing world. The second selective, set to launch in March 2017, focuses on global surgery and acute care.

VIDEO: Learn more about the complementary global health offerings at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, including the Global Health Symposium Lecture series and the Global Health Clinical Pathological Conferences series.

The research elective is an independent course that provides training in research methodology in low-resource settings. It is frequently taken in preparation for study abroad.

Other events take place throughout the year.

International Health Week

NYU Grossman School of Medicine's annual celebration of global health activities, International Health Week, is usually held in late October or early November. Events are open to all.

The keynote talk sets the theme for the week’s discussions and presentations on emerging topics in global health.

Other events include presentations from second-year students on their international research projects. Students’ academic posters are on display, and a panel presents the benefits of dual degree programs, such as the MD/MPH or MD/MBA, for careers in global health.

Sponsored in conjunction with the Global Medicine Club, a panel on careers in global health is also featured. This panel presents different ways of incorporating global health into your medical career.

Contact Elizabeth Robinson at for details.

Global Health Clinical Pathological Conferences

Our paracurricular course, Global Health Clinical Pathological Conferences, is aimed at preclinical students. The conferences are opportunities to learn how the routine diagnostic process may differ in a low-resource setting and how social, economic, and cultural factors affect health and healthcare. Topics aligning with the Practice of Medicine curriculum are presented every month by NYU Langone physicians who have worked internationally or with an international population.

Global Health Symposium Lecture Series

The Global Health Symposium is a monthly one-hour lecture series on current issues and hot topics in global health that is open to the entire NYU Langone community, including students, faculty, and staff from all of the health sciences. After each lecture, there is a small reception and students are encouraged to connect and network with other students and faculty as they consider how global health concerns affect the practice of medicine. Continuing medical education (CME) credit is offered for faculty and staff in attendance at these lectures.

If you have a global health topic that you would like discussed in a symposium lecture or wish to share your work or research, please contact Elizabeth Robinson at

Recent lectures include the following:

The Impact of SMS Messaging on Vaccination Rates in a Measles-Rubella National Vaccination Campaign, Kenya
Date: February 27, 2019
Speaker: Saleena Subaiya, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine

VIDEO: Dr. Saleena Subaiya describes how she collaborated with community health workers on text message campaigns that improved vaccination rates in Kenya.

A Shifting Identity: Perspectives of a Surgeon–Administrator on the Work of Doctors Without Borders
Keynote Global Health Symposium, International Health Week
Date: November 6, 2018
Speaker: John Lawrence, MD, President, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontièrs–USA, Board of Directors

VIDEO: Dr. John Lawrence explains his work as a surgeon in Doctors Without Boarders/Médecins Sans Frontièrs.

Reflecting on Ebola: When Global Health Comes Hom
Keynote Global Health Symposium, International Health Week
Date: October 20, 2015
Speakers: Laura E. Evans, MD, Director of Critical Care, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and Harold Horowitz, MD, who led the response to 2015 Ebola case in NYC; Craig Spencer, MD, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontièrs in Guinea

VIDEO: Dr. Laura E. Evans and Dr. Craig Spencer discuss the emergency response to Ebola at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, after Spencer contracted the disease while working to fight the 2014 outbreak in Guinea.

Global Public Health in the Age of Trump
Date: November 17, 2016
Speaker: Arthur Caplan, PhD, the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics, Department of Population Health and Director, Division of Medical Ethics

Global Climate Change and Public Health
Date: September 26, 2016
Speaker: William N. Rom, MD, MPH, the Sol and Judith Bergstein Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Migrant Health and the Mediterranean Crisis
Date: August 22, 2016
Speaker: Nathan Bertelsen, MD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population Health and Director, Global Health Elective for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Global Health Selective