History

The Program for Education in Global and Population Health was founded in 1999 and was previously known as the International Family AIDS Program (IFAP). The program was renamed The Program for Education in Global and Population Health to reflect its expanded scope beyond HIV clinical care and practice. The program now provides a variety of clinical and research opportunities domestically and abroad as well as local language and cultural immersion experiences which help students better understand the health care needs of immigrant communities in New York City.

Since 2013, Global Pop has been supporting students from across Columbia’s Medical Campus wishing to carryout Global Health projects, both abroad and in NYC. Every year, over 200 students join our various programs. About 45 of them receive a stipendand go overseas to carryout their research projects. Roughly two thirds of our students belong to the medical school. Student projects examine an increasingly broad range of issues.

The program is housed within the VP&S Office of Medical Education and works closely with multiple clinical departments as well as with the College of Dental Medicine, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of International and Public Affairs, and the Institute of Human Nutrition.