Goals & Objectives


Our programs expose learners to high-quality, evidence-based, interdisciplinary clinical and public health care under the resource constraints typically found in developing nations and other low resource areas. Our learners then apply this medical knowledge to health care situations around the world, learning from colleagues and experts abroad in the fields of clinical tropical medicine, nutrition and public health. Learners involved in these programs return better prepared to provide care to patients and communities in Arizona and the Southwest border region, elsewhere in the US, or globally.


  • Develop clinical leaders in global health that are dedicated to reducing health disparities in medically underserved communities both in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Gain a framework for improving health of individuals and communities in resource limited areas.
  • Learn about tropical diseases found both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Learn about and experience different cultures and increase cultural awareness.
  • Improve basic clinical and diagnostic skills to better function in resource limited areas.
  • Experience different health care systems and bring back best practices to whatever healthcare system in which one is practicing.
  • Understand the basics about public health in rural areas in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Learn to work in interdisciplinary teams to take excellent care of patients in low resource areas.
  • Develop flexibility and adaptability skills that are necessary for the care of patient in low resource areas both domestically and abroad.