Megan Doherty

Administrative Director

Megan Doherty is the recently appointed Administrative Director of The Center for Global Health in the Perelman School of Medicine. In this role, Megan facilitates global research and educational opportunities for the Penn Medicine community in the following ways:

  • Facilitates international research and training initiatives, and fosters linkages between Penn Medicine's researchers and global partners
  • Oversees the global placement of Penn medical students in international rotations, and the hosting of international medical students at Penn
  • Recruits postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who come from international institutions
  • Coordinates global activities in Penn Medicine with other schools of the University and the Office of the Provost
  • Provides information for faculty, students, and administration
  • Represents Penn Medicine in interactions with international universities

Previously, Megan was the Director of the International & Service Learning Program in Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). She was directly responsible for student, faculty and staff engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math outreach programs. Megan was also responsible for building partnerships with local and international university and community collaborators to plan and implement joint programming. She has led SEAS’ projects in Mali, Ghana, Hong Kong, China, Rwanda and Guatemala. Examples of needs addressed in these global projects included: water and sanitation improvement; orthotics; appropriate point-of-care diagnostics; small enterprise development; small-scale solar systems; and education. Prior to joining Penn, Megan served as a Health Extension Agent for the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa where she partnered with community members to start a village health committee and participated in pre-natal consultation and vaccination outreach programs with a nationally-funded maternity and health center. Megan has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Delaware and an MPH from Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health. While at Jeff, she completed a clerkship with the Jefferson Refugee Health Clinic and the Nationalities Service Center. For her MPH capstone, Megan conducted qualitative research on Type II Diabetes in rural and urban areas of Ghana.


"Type 2 diabetes in a rapidly urbanizing region of Ghana, West Africa: a qualitative study of dietary preferences, knowledge and practices." Megan Doherty, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Osei Sarfo Kantanka, Rickie Brawer and James Plumb. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:1069doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1069.

"Academically-based Global Service Learning" chapter in Globalization: The Crucial Phase. John Keenan, Megan Doherty, Christina Catanese and Joseph Sun. Brian Spooner (editor). Museum Publications, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.