Global Health Corps

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Global Health Corps
Global Health Corps Logo.jpg
Founded 2008 (10 years ago) (2008)
Type 501(c) organization
Area served
Method Supporting existing organizations by building communities of passionate healthcare professionals
Daniela Terminel
To mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity
Key people

Global Health Corps is a U.S. non-profit organization that offers a competitive fellowship to support emerging global health leaders.[1]

Global Health Corps selects young professionals for paid, year-long fellowships with organizations promoting health equity in East Africa, Southern Africa, and the United States. For each Global Health Corps site, one local fellow and one international fellow are selected to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Global Health Corps provides financial support, professional development, and mentorship to hundreds of fellows each year.[2]

In the most recent fellow class of 2015-2016, Global Health Corps accepted 2.68% of its 5000 applicants, producing a class of 134 fellows working with 62 partner organizations.[3] Since its founding in 2009, GHC has deployed 900 fellows to work in 7 countries.


In 2009, Global Health Corps sent its first class of fellows to year-long assignments in Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Newark, and Boston.[4] The 22 fellows were selected from 1,300 applicants. After a two-week Training Institute at Stanford University, the fellows began assignments with one of five partner nonprofits: the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, Partners In Health, the Southern African Center for Infectious Disease Surveillance, Covenant House in Newark, New Jersey, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.[4] The Training Institute has been held at Yale University in New Haven, CT since July 2010.[5]

The Global Health Corps concept arose from brainstorming at the aids2031 conference hosted by in March 2008.[6] Global Health Corps was founded in 2009 and has received support from and a number of other private organizations. The CEO and Co-Founder of Global Health Corps, Barbara Pierce Bush was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship and a Draper Richards Fellowship in 2009 to support the development of the Global Health Corps.[7]

Global Health Corps Fellows[edit]

Global Health Corps fellows come from diverse backgrounds, and vary in educational experience, professional expertise, and personal background.[8] The average age of the 2014-2015 fellow class was 25.7. The fellows were recruited from:[3]

  • Nonprofit sector (29%)
  • Directly from graduate programs (21%)
  • Directly from undergraduate programs (11%)
  • Private sector (19%)
  • Government/public sector (10%)

Global Health Corps fellows work in diverse professional areas including:[9]

  • Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Communications
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Database management / data analysis / statistics
  • Design / architecture
  • Development / fundraising / grant-writing
  • Direct service
  • eHealth / eLearning / mHealth
  • Finance / budgeting
  • Health promotion / education
  • Information technology / ICT / informatics
  • Knowledge management
  • Logistics / supply chain management / procurement
  • Monitoring and evaluation / quality improvement
  • Operations
  • Partnership development
  • Policy
  • Program / project management
  • Research
  • Strategic planning / consulting
  • Teaching / curriculum development
  • Volunteer management

Placement Organizations[edit]

Global Health Corps recruits, selects and places emerging young leaders with non-profit organizations and government agencies in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.[10]

The 2014-2015 Global Health Corps fellow class worked in six countries with organizations including:[3]


  • CARE International
  • LifeNet International
  • Population Media Center


  • Art and Global Health Center
  • Clinton Development Initiative
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Dignitas International
  • Imperial Health Sciences
  • Malawi Ministry of Health
  • mothers2mothers
  • Partners in Health
  • Youth Empowerment and Civic Education


  • The Ihangane Project
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Gardens for Health International
  • Health Builders
  • MASS Design Group
  • Partners in Health
  • Rwanda Ministry of Health


  • Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Uganda
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • Infectious Disease Institute
  • Jhpiego
  • Joint Clinical Research Centre
  • Kyetume Community Based Healthcare Programme
  • Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
  • Ruhiira Millennium Villages Project
  • SOUL Foundation
  • Spark Microgrants
  • Uganda Health and Development Associates
  • Uganda Village Project

United States

  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Boys & Girls Club of Newark
  • Children's Health Fund
  • Covenant House
  • Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University
  • Grameen Primacare
  • The Grassroot Project
  • HIPS
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • IntraHealth International
  • Last Mile Health
  • Marie Stopes International
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Single Stop USA
  • Together for Girls
  • Vecna Cares Charitable Trust


  • Anya Mzuri
  • Akros
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  • PATH
  • Population Council
  • Society for Family Health Affiliate of PSI
  • Zambia Ministry of Health


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