About the Fellowship
The Global Women’s Health Fellowship is an inter-disciplinary and cross-collaborative program organized through the Connors Center for Women’s Health and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). This organization includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. The purpose of the fellowship is to promote educational initiatives and research pertinent to the development of global women’s health, domestically and internationally, through development of academic, clinical and administrative skills in global medicine, disaster and humanitarian response, war medicine, and areas specific to women’s health including reproductive health and gender-based violence.
The goal of the fellowship is to train leaders in global women’s health who will be able to:
1. Advance the specialty and education of global women’s health worldwide
2.Participate in effective humanitarian relief and disaster response efforts in conjunction with international aid organizations and local governments
3. Develop, fund, implement, monitor, and evaluate global women’s health programs
4. Conduct clinical and field research based on solid epidemiologic methods and biostatistics
5. Maintain a working knowledge of global public health issues and government and non-governmental organizations and infrastructure around the world
6. Understand international humanitarian law and human rights as they relate to conflict, humanitarian crises, and global women’s health
Background and Statistics
Women are a vulnerable population, and programs that improve women’s health have a direct impact on maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Women’s health is particularly at risk due to pregnancy, childbirth, their role in conflict and in displaced populations, and lastly because of their role in society. Reducing vulnerability and improving health also requires attention to the overall health of the community, specifically in areas of HIV/AIDS, literacy and economic well-being.
The fellowship begins July 1 and lasts two years. A one-year fellowship for applicants who already have an MPH degree is also available. Fellows divide their time between international projects and research, Harvard School of Public Health classes, and clinical work in a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital within their discipline.
The curriculum is tailored to fellows’ individual interests and is divided into the following outlined below: (1) Clinical Medicine, (2) Harvard School of Public Health, (3) Global Women’s Health Concentrations, (4) Global Field Work, (5) Research and (6) Mentorship.
Applicants must be board certified or board eligible in their trained specialty when they begin the fellowship. Successful applicants must also (1) receive a clinical appointment by a Harvard teaching hospital, (2) receive an appointment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, (3) obtain a Massachusetts medical license, and (4) be accepted into the MPH program by the Harvard School of Public Health.
Please note that all application materials are usually received in October for recruitment into the program the following July. Currently, we are only accepting candidates trained at a Harvard teaching hospital.
Please submit the following items by email (preferred), fax or mail:
1. Completed application form
3. Personal statement
4. Three letters of recommendation (one from residency director or chairman)
5. Official transcript of USMLE results
6. Official medical school transcript
Please see the Detailed Application Instructions and the Application Form below for information on each of these requirements.
You must also apply separately to the Harvard School of Public Health Masters in Public Health program by December 15. The Fall 2010 application for admission is available through the Schools of Public Health Application Service (SOPHAS) at http://www.sophas.org/. Please submit your completed application through SOPHAS at least two weeks prior to the December 15 deadline.
|Fellowship Application Deadline
||October 1, 2010
|Fellowship Interview Date
||October 21, 2010 and October 26, 2010
||December 1, 2010
|HSPH Application Deadline
||December 15, 2010
For more information, please contact:
Jaclyn Chai, MPH
Administrative Director, Global Women’s Health Programs
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115