Global Health

The goal of the Global Health Scholarly Concentration is to equip residents with the knowledge and skills to become physician-leaders in global health. Participation in this track will allow residents to understand the general principles related to the health of children in developing countries and how these principles apply to underserved populations in the United States.

Residents in this scholarly concentration will choose an international site they wish to work at for their call free elective months. These rotations take place during residents’ second and third years (6 weeks PGY2, 6 weeks PGY3).

Journal Club

An education session and group discussion held every other month.  The focus of these discussions will be to address pertinent global health subject matters – either presently active global health issues, i.e. an epidemic, or discussion of other relevant global health topics.  Residents will also have an opportunity to exchange scholarly concentration project ideas, concerns, roadblocks, and successes at these sessions.

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Clea Sarnquist, DrPH, MPH

Dr. Sarnquist has been researching prevention interventions for over 15 years. Her major area of interest is the implementation and evaluation of interventions to prevent gender-based violence and HIV. She currently has projects in Kenya and DRC, and has worked in the U.S. as well as Zimbabwe, Peru, Mexico, and Albania. Dr. Sarnquist co-directs the GH scholarly concentration and Mary Duke Biddle Scholars Program and also teaches an undergraduate course entitled “Global Child Health”.

Desiree LaBeaud, MD

Since the early 2000s, Dr. Labeaud has devoted her efforts to better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, including Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, and dengue viruses.  She co-directs the Peds Residency Global Health Scholarly Concentration and directs the Mary Duke Biddle Scholars Program. She has two large field projects ongoing in Kenya.  More She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and masters degree in Clinical Research from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Labeaud completed her pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.


Global Health Mentors

Faculty interested in being a Global Health mentor are encouraged to contact Saraswati Kache, MD, scholarly concentration director.