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Division of Global Health

Tackling Global Health Challenges Through Education, Research & Service

The Division of Global Health in the Department of Population Health focuses on leveraging education, research and service to advance health equity for people in Central Texas and worldwide.

Chaired by Tim Mercer, M.D., the division’s programming intersects the missions of Dell Medical School and Texas Global at The University of Texas at Austin to cultivate globally minded leaders; improve overall health outcomes in Texas and partner communities; and build cross-disciplinary collaboration to address social and structural determinants of health. As a key member of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare Consortium, the division’s impactful partnerships span Austin, Texas; Eldoret, Kenya; and Puebla, Mexico.

No individual or country is isolated from faraway activities. The division works to promote health equity in Central Texas and internationally by providing opportunities for medical students, residents and faculty to participate in care programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America and extend application of their experiences back in Central Texas.


Sample Offerings:

  • MS-1s: Foundations of Global Health enrichment elective
  • MS-4s: Global Health at AMPATH Kenya clinical rotation
  • Migrant Health Global Virtual Exchange course with Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla
  • Quarterly Global Health meetings for faculty and staff
  • Global Health student interest group
  • AMBIA: AMPATH Bilateral Innovation Award
  • MS-3 and Global Health faculty collaborations in Mexico and Kenya
  • Puentes Conferences

Get Involved

To learn more about opportunities within the Division of Global Health or to join its mailing list, please email the team. Note that eligible students and residents in approved departments who are interested in electives abroad must apply through the division ahead of course registration.

Visit the AMPATH México and AMPATH Kenya websites to learn more about their work and related partners.

Team & Partners

Faculty & Staff

  • Tim Mercer, M.D., chief of the Division of Global Health
  • Laurie Young, associate director of the Division of Global Health
  • Ricardo C. Ainslie, Ph.D., director of research and education for AMPATH México
  • Rebecca Cook, M.D., clinical team leader for AMPATH México
  • Tim Ruttan, M.D., assistant director for pediatrics for AMPATH México
  • Beth Felker, program manager for AMPATH México
  • Bill Tierney, M.D., faculty adviser
  • Sarayu Adeni, global health senior program coordinator at Dell Med and Texas Global

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