Pediatric Residency

Global Health Academic Community



  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of challenges and strategies for Global Health and Development.
  • Critically assess complexities of global health issues, particularly those most applicable in low-resource settings.
  • Develop the ability to practice patient-centered care by improving awareness and communication skills with culturally diverse patient populations and staff.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and engage in appropriate discussions about different perspectives and approaches to patient management and medical system design.
  • Describe the role of a visiting health care professional in maintaining a sustainable, ethically-responsible, and mutually beneficial relationship with the host institutions.
  • Complete a global health academic project/scholarly activity
  • Demonstrate peer teaching of Global Health issues



  • Identify determinants of global health and development from an interdisciplinary vantage point.
  • Identify interventions used to ameliorate health and developmental problems, particularly in low-resource settings.
  • Recognize the role of advocacy in global health
  • Communicate public health principles and concepts through written and verbal means.
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issues.
  • Employ ethical principles and behaviors, and exhibit cultural competence.
  • Promote cultural and ethnic diversity in public health research and practice.




  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Preparing for an International Elective
  • Cultural Issues in International Service
  • Ethical Considerations for short-term clinical experiences abroad
  • International strategies to improve maternal mortality
  • International strategies to reduce under 5 mortality
  • Nutrition
  • Trauma and Injury
  • Mental Health
  • Health Systems
  • Multidimensional Poverty and Development
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health
  • Emerging Infections
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  1. Resident initiated project a. All residents in the Global Health Academic Community will be required to complete a scholarly project or activity. This will be planned with Dr. Moon and the help of your international or local field site´s assigned Faculty supervisor. This project will be presented either in poster or oral presentation format at local (including Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat) and/or national meeting (requirement for all members of community)
  2. Required Reading a. Reimagining Global Health by Farmer, Kim, Kleinman, and Basilico

b. Global Child Health Educational Modules Project (GCHEMP) online modules

c. Additional readings will be assigned for each session below


3. Required small group sessions for first 2 months of each calendar year? (4 meetings in first 2 months, starting in January)

4. Required monthly sessions for the remaining 10 months of each calendar year?


Clinical Sites

International Sites

Africa (English language is sufficient except as noted)

  • Kijabe Hospital, Kijabe, Kenya
  • Lwala Community Alliance and Clinic, Lwala, Kenya

Latin America (English language is sufficient except as noted)

  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, León, Nicaragua (Spanish language skills required)

Middle East (Arabic language skill is helpful, but not required)

  • University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Domestic sites


Faculty Mentors

Faculty Lead:

D. Troy Moon MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics,
Division of Infectious Diseases; phone: 615-343-8264