Global Health

The Department of Family Medicine’s Global Health Program allows our faculty and residents to bring their expertise in caring for people of all ages, cultures and circumstances to those who need it most. We work with underserviced communities in Ottawa, Canada’s far north and abroad. Our elective opportunities include:

Rural and Remote

  • Baffin Island
  • Moose Factory
  • Sioux Lookout


  • Bénin
  • Guyana
  • Self-designed


  • Ottawa Inner City Health
  • Ottawa Refugee and Immigrant Health
  • Newcomers clinic

We offer a variety of ways for you to gain global health experience. Our short-term electives, both at home and abroad, allow you to focus on global health during your residency with the Global Health Training Track. You can also advance your global health training and experiences with a PGY-3 in Global Health.


Why choose a global health elective?

  • Learn about the global burden of disease and the need to promote global equity in health care.
  • Experience a different medical system, cultural practices and understanding of diseases and treatment.
  • Become familiar with medical and social conditions unique to regions, which will help you improve the quality of care for new Canadians at home. 
  • Obtain unique clinical experience in treating diseases that you may encounter in immigrants, refugees and travelers.
  • Get the skills you need to work in Canada’s underserved areas and in low income countries.
  • Experience cross-cultural issues such as language, communication, traditional healing, religious beliefs and family structure—all of which impact the physician-patient relationship.
  • Become more globally sensitive and share your medical knowledge with international colleagues.
  • Learn to enhance standards of care in resource-poor areas.
  • Work with other health disciplines to improve care.

For more information on global health and opportunities available in the field, visit:
Action Global Health Network
Faculty of Medicine - Global Health Office