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doctors with boy

Department of Family Medicine doctors help
s Honduran boy with a foot laceration.

The University of Rochester has many individuals and departments working and volunteering in Global Health. Keeping track of so much activity can be a challenge. The resources on this site can assist in better understanding the breadth and depth of Global Health activities at the University of Rochester.

At this time, there is no Center for Global Health at the University of Rochester.  But there is much happening in Global Health at the University. Individuals routinely travel overseas to provide care in less developed countries.  A number of researchers devote much of their professional time to study problems overseas.  Telemedicine is being explored to provide expertise to areas lacking in specialists.  Some Departments have very active Global Health programs.  Family Medicine has a project site in Honduras with faculty and residents visiting this ongoing project twice a year for two weeks.  Medical students can apply for a focused experience in Global Health, as well as get funding for summer experience, and even a select few can take a year out to design and implement a project in a less developed country. 

Why do people choose to work and volunteer overseas or cross-culturally?  For many reasons.  However, the desire to give back, and to help those who seem to have so little are common themes.  Sometimes, just the excitement of experiencing new cultures and new challenges can be a large part of the motivation.  For the vast majority of people spending time working cross-culturally, a feeling of getting back at least as much as was given out is stated as a motivator.  

Consider exploring the Menu items to the left. Dr. David Adler from Emergency Medicine performed a survey of faculty involved in Global Health.  To see what he found, please visit the Faculty & Staff page. This is a great place to better understand the breadth of Global Health activities going on at the University of Rochester.

Update January 2018

Popular upcoming conferences are now updated on the right sidebar, and in the calendar.

Consider visiting the Himalayan Health Exchange to view overseas opportunities


One journal you may be unaware of is the J. Immigrant and Minority Health.  A number of the article may be pertinent to your interests.  Consider visiting.


Update April 2017

Staying Safe While Overseas

The UR now has an Office dedicated to assisting global travelers stay safe.  The UR Office for Global Engagement can help travelers access the UR-provided medical evacuation insurance, track where travelers are overseas and update them about possible threats, and provide pre-trip resources on staying safe.  Please visit the UR Global Engagement website to learn more.