Education Overview

The educational mission of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine is to develop intellectual and analytic resources to investigate and to address key social, cultural, and ethical barriers to the delivery of health care and to diminishing population disparities in the receipt of care.

Faculty members engage students by:

  • introducing them to the specialized literature and methods in medical anthropology, epidemiology, social history of medicine, medical ethics, and medical humanities;
  • providing opportunities for supervised experiences in community, international, and clinical settings that join service with learning; and
  • fostering personal development and commitment to humane and ethical medical care.

Courses, fellowships and advanced degree programs are available to students from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral level who seek to understand the relationships between medicine and the social forces and conditions that affect health.


Descriptions of courses in global health and social medicine, medical ethics, medical anthropology, history of medicine, medical sociology.

Media and Medicine: How to Tell Stories that Make a Difference

An intensive program for those interested in using storytelling to advance health. We welcome health care professionals, medical and public health students, journalists, health advocates, bioethicists, foundation staff, hospital administrators, public health policymakers—anyone interested in telling stories to improve health both here in the US and around the world

Scholars in Medicine

Information for HMS students regarding the Scholars in Medicine program.

Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery

Description of the global health master's program, initiated in 2012. Links to other master’s and doctoral programs related to global health and social medicine, such as medical anthropology, appear in the right-hand column of this overview page.


Descriptions of predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships with application information.

Lectures and Workshops

Information about the Roger Allan Moore, W.H.R. Rivers and John McGovern lectures.

Educational Opportunities

Service learning, internships and other ways to engage in global health and social medicine.