Utilizing a One Health Approach to Address Global Health

UC Davis is uniquely positioned to provide integrated solutions, education, and expertise on issues surrounding global health through a collaborative effort involving Human Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Management, Public Welfare, and International Development.  Ours is a truly interdisciplinary approach, known as One Health, used to assess and improve the health of people, animals, and the environment.
The amalgamation of experts across this broad spectrum makes UC Davis a hub for projects, curriculum, service, research, and training as they relate to global health.  Academics, as well as industry and healthcare leaders turn here for multidisciplinary, high-quality, practical solutions and expertise to solve challenges of global health importance.  We have a tradition of working collaboratively and our vision of health recognizes the interconnectedness of people, animals, and the environment and aims to identify and address the fundamental causes of poor health to improve the well-being of all.

Global Health Medical Student International Opportunities

  1. MEDICOS Program: Student-run program developed to promote educational and cultural exchange and provide international medical experiences. In keeping with the UC Davis school of Medicine tradition of serving the underserved and creating forums for exchange of diverse ideas, medical students have been working since 2003 to strengthen and expand the reach of the MEDICOS program.  This global health opportunity exposes students to healthcare systems in the developing world and often serves as an inspiration for students to follow career paths that incorporate elements of care for underserved populations.  
  2. International Rotations: Contact Holly Ly (hhly@ucdavis.edu) for more details and how to plan an International Rotation.
  3. One Health Courses: Global Health field experiences in East Africa (June) and Sri Lanka (July). Both courses will take you out into remote areas to interact with local communities and look at health from a one health Both courses will be taught by UC Davis faculty and local faculty.

Visiting Medical Students

Each year the Global Health Program hosts Visiting Medical Students from China, Thailand, Nicaragua, Hungary, and Kenya. Medical Students have the opportunity to serve as a social mentor and host students.

Dean’s Monthly Global Health Night

The Global Health Night occurs once a month. The Dean’s office partners with the Global Health program to invite guest speakers to present on Global Health topics.

For more information, please check out the Global Health website.

Contact Global Health

Michael Wilkes, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Global Health
School of Medicine
E-mail: mswilkes@ucdavis.edu

Holly Ly
Program Coordinator
Office of Student Development
Phone: 916-734-8494