Global Health

At UCSF, we're harnessing the passion and expertise of our faculty and students to improve health and reduce the burden of disease in the world's most vulnerable populations.


Global Health at UCSF

Poverty, chronic illness, epidemics, lack of trained health care workers – these and other complex problems are devastating the health of people around the world. And in this era of globalization, where diseases don't respect boundaries, these problems are also harming lives at home.

In 2003, UCSF formed a new team to tackle this century's most daunting issues in global health. Global Health Sciences (GHS) comprises educators, researchers and healthcare professionals and integrates UCSF expertise in all of the health, social and biological sciences. Team members work with partners in countries throughout the world to build sustainable solutions and train global health leaders.

Scores of projects are underway, ranging from helping nations permanently eliminate malaria at their borders to developing health care faculty in Africa. While GHS has made great strides, your support will help us expand our efforts to reach even more of the most vulnerable.


  • Established the first-ever master's degree program in global health in the U.S.
  • Led the launch of the UC Global Health Institute, which aims to galvanize the educational, research and health care expertise of hundreds of UC faculty across the 10-campus system
  • Partnered with Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences to build the much-needed capacity of Tanzania's health care workforce and contribute to UCSF's body of knowledge
  • Created a program where students in developing countries access the world-class training and research opportunities at UCSF – then return home to put their learning into practice

"Global health is the challenge of the 21st century." - Haile Debas, MD, UCSF chancellor emeritus and Global Health Sciences founding director