CGH Scholars & Global Health Student Advisory Council

CGH Scholars

What is a CGH Scholar?

The intent of the PSOM Center for Global Health Scholars Program is to engage our extraordinary global health thought-leaders and practitioners in various ways based on their affiliation with CGH and professional interests. By drawing on their collective energy, Scholars will further CGH's mission areas of fostering the development of junior and senior colleagues with interests in global health, supporting bi-directional exchange and training with our partners, researching key disease burdens, and uniting our global health community here at Penn. 

View Current Scholars


Benefits to Scholars
  • Eligibility to compete for seed funding to establish new or to build-on continuing work
  • Ability to form innovative partnerships with others university-wide
  • Priority to attend and participate in engaging global health events
  • Access to a network of volunteer research assistants
  • Share your publications and accomplishments with CGH staff so we can promote your work
  • Connect with new colleagues and broaden the reach of your work and career prospects
  • Collaborate on ideas and possible new projects and ventures
  • Co-host symposia, workshops, events


Scholars Affiliation Types and Criteria


The criteria for the rank of a Penn Global Health Scholar are:

  • Standing and Associated Penn faculty in all tracks, as well as adjunct and emeriti faculty are encouraged to apply.
  • Scholars will display evidence of significant global health activity and related academic accomplishments in any of Penn’s primary mission areas or service responsibilities.
  • Scholars are expected to participate in CGH events and activities, collaborate with other CGH Scholars on global projects and in partnership programs, provide content advice and mentorship to global health trainees, participate in global health courses sponsored by Penn, and serve on CGH committees.

Current CGH Scholars

Associate Scholar

The criteria for the rank of a Penn Global Health Associate Scholar are:

  • All other individuals at Penn and other US institutions (academic, governmental, not-for-profit or corporate) who hold a secondary degree (Masters, MD, PhD, etc), or commensurate global service experience, and who desire to expand their global health awareness and partnership with Penn are encouraged to apply as CGH Associate Scholars.
  • Associate Scholars may be Penn alumni, clinical residents and fellows, or post-doctoral fellows, as well as other individuals who partner with Penn in any of our numerous global activities and events.
  • Associate Scholars are expected to participate in CGH events and activities, global health course instruction, advising, service on committees, and/or engage in CGH partnership programs.
  • Please note that students who do not already hold a secondary degree and are enrolled in training programs at Penn (MD, BGS or other PhD programs, MPH, MSCE, Nursing, etc.) are not eligible to be Associate Scholars. Students are encouraged to participate in CGH events and activities by signing-up for the CGH list serve, and by joining one of the CGH-supported student organizations.

Current CGH Associate Scholars

International Scholar

The criteria for the rank of a Penn Global Health International Scholar are:

  • Individuals with a primary appointment at a non-US institution (academic, governmental, non-profit or corporate) and who work collaboratively with the CGH, CGH Scholars or Associate Scholars and/or trainees in either research, education, advocacy, and/or patient care missions are encouraged to apply as International Scholars.
  • International Scholars are expected to collaborate with, if not guide, CGH programs and initiatives in their home country, provide content advice and mentorship to Penn and non-US trainees enrolled in CGH-affiliated programs, and whenever possible participate in CGH events, activities, and course instruction

Current CGH International Scholars

All Scholars are encouraged to note their relationship to the Center for Global Health on publications, presentations or related activities.



If you are interested in becoming a scholar, please submit an application by following the link below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Upon receipt, CGH will review your application and determine which scholar affiliation type (Scholar, Associate Scholar or International Scholar) is most applicable given your position and extent of academic and research engagement in global health. A CGH staff member will follow up with you once a determination has been made.



Global Health Student Advisory Council (GHSAC)

What is GHSAC?

The Global Health Student Advisory Council (GHSAC) convenes global health student groups across schools and disciplines to integrate, strengthen, and expand global health opportunities for the Penn community and beyond. This collaborative effort brings together students, faculty, and staff with a focus or interest in global health. Integrating various groups mirrors the notion that global health is an interdisciplinary field and working in global health requires collusion with individuals and groups with varying perspectives and skill sets.


Benefits and Expectations


  • Eligibility to apply for Center for Global Health (CGH) funding for student group’s events and activities (workshops, symposiums, hosting speakers)
  • Receive priority invitation to CGH-led events with meet & greet access for visiting dignitaries
  • Marketing and outreach support
  • Early notification of global health opportunities on campus and in the field
  • Have an active voice in broader discussions with global health constituents on and off campus


  • Initiate and develop proposals for events and projects with CGH
  • Collaborate with GHSAC-associated student groups, staff, and faculty on events and projects
  • Provide peer mentoring and orientation/welcoming activities for visiting international students from our partner institutions
  • Increase visibility of global health activities at Penn
  • Act as good stewards of Penn by exemplifying the highest standards of ethical practice while engaging in global health activities both locally and globally


GHSAC Member Groups & Representatives

Global Health Interest Group (PSOM): Kim Firn

Partners in Health (PIH) Engage: Elsbeth Brown-Parr, Harriet Okatch

Penn Global Surgery Group (PSOM): Tom Sommers, Chris Wen, Sanjay Palat

Penn Science Policy and Diplomacy Group: Erin Reagan, Tori Lovins

Global Health Society (MPH): Tolu Oyetunde, Isabel Straw

African Health Interest Group (PSOM): Elshaddai Ephrem

Nursing Students for Global Health: Karen Jeong, Stacey Bevan

Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic: Aminata Traore

One Health Club (Penn Vet): Jaclyn Camus, Caitlin Houlihan

Global Oncology (PSOM): Rahael Borchers, Alice Conant, Tristan Lim, Anitra Persaud

Wharton Global Health Volunteers: Sneha Hariharan