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).

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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.


Jenny Kang
Program Manager

Jenny received her MPH in Health Services and certificate in Global Development Management from the University of Washington. Her research interests include maternal and child health, HIV prevention, and global health education.  She has previously lived and worked in China, Kazakhstan, Namibia and all over Eastern Africa with UNICEF  More (micronutrient malnutrition), I-TECH (HIV training for health workers), and World Vision (orphans and vulnerable children). She can be contacted with questions regarding the Pediatric Global Health scholarly concentration for residents and the Mary Duke Biddle Clinical Scholars program.


Rasika Behl
Program Manager

Rasika received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from UC Berkeley and has experience working in India and sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to coming to Stanford, she was involved in a variety of projects within the Global Health Group at UCSF, including global health metrics development for social franchise organizations, analysis of national data, program coordination, and research projects aimed at understanding factors that influence quality of care for family planning services in India  More and Kenya.  Before that, she was a core manager of the monitoring and evaluation team for three telemedicine projects in rural Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, focused specifically on childhood disease and women’s health services. She can be contacted with questions regarding the Pediatric Global Health scholarly concentration for residents, or about ongoing research projects.