Global Health Psychiatry Residency

Applications are accepted each fall from internal candidates only for the Global Health Psychiatry Residency. (See application process for details.)

Global Health Residents from the Duke Psychiatry Residency Program extend the duration of their residency training by twelve months to gain specific global health core competencies. Global Health Psychiatry Residents will engage in Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) coursework during PGY3 and will attend weekly continuity clinics and all other mandatory meetings required by the Psychiatry Training Program during this period of training. Trainees will spend nine to twelve months during PGY4 engaging in clinical care and mentored research activities at a Duke University international partner site. Psychiatry residents who have successfully completed PGY1 are eligible to apply, with the approval of their Program Director. In addition to a biweekly journal club, there will be ample opportunity to access special events and lectures throughout the training program.

Resident Profiles

Download the Global Health / Psychiatry Pathway sample Track Schedule. Tracks are tailored to each resident's specific requirements and goals.

Global Health Competencies for Psychiatry

Health Disparities

  • Goals: Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for culturally competent care.
  • Objectives: Trainees will be asked to keep a log of instructive patient cases in which social determinants (e.g. education, food, security, housing, early life experiences, social trauma, and gender) have played a major role in the health of a given patient. In the final month of the program, residents will undergo an oral examination in which five or more of these cases are discussed.

Relationship of HIV/AIDS and Mental Health

  • Goals: Describe the major pathological processes, their biological alterations, and how they affect specific organ systems.
  • Objectives: Trainees will be asked to participate in Infectious Diseases Clinics at their international site alongside non-psychiatric practitioners in order to assess an individual's or family's mental health needs in relation to a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and support the clinician in meeting those needs in a resource-limited setting.

Public Health

  • Goals: Develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to practice basic principles of prevention.
  • Objectives: Trainees will receive intensive didactic training in public health through the MSc-GH program. Topics of importance include research methods, program implementation and evaluation, health policy, family planning and population programs, environmental health, and community healthcare.

For more information about the Global Health Residency in the Department of Psychiatry, visit the Psychiatry Residency Program's website.