Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide




Institution: Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
Program: UCSF-KEMRI Infectious Diseases Research Training Program


Sandwich Certificate Program trainees, in collaboration with their mentors, will design a specific course of study commensurate with the training program in which they are enrolled in their home country. Scholars in the current Sandwich Certificate Program for the Infectious Disease Research Training Program (IDRTP) follow either a clinical epidemiology or a basic sciences research track for a three or 12-month program. Select courses are chosen at UCSF to support these two tracks (see full course listings below). There are no planned examinations for the GHS Certificate Program, but each participant will be expected to:

  • Design a major global health-relevant research project;
  • Prepare at least one manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed scientific journal;
  • Apply for a grant (e.g., Fogarty International Center Global Health Research Initiative Program, UCSF Pacific Rim Research Program, Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation Dissertation Support Program, GHS Innovative Research funds, etc.);
  • Participate in the larger, dynamic global health sciences community.

Program Requirements

The basic core certificate requirements are:

  • Introduction to Global Health covers the global burden of disease, major health interventions, public and private international health organizations, and methods of community-based interventions. (Major Pathway only)
  • GHS Problem-Based Learning Course uses a case-based approach to illuminate topics of critical interest in global health, including multinational organizations, high disease burden global health problems, collaborative approaches to solving such problems, and career tracks for global health. (Short-term and Major Pathway)
  • GHS Lecture and Seminar Series highlights global health work done at UCSF, including student presentations of works in progress. (Major Pathway only)

Sample optional courses depending upon the chosen track:

  • Research Seminar facilitates interactive, dynamic roundtable discussions, to provide support for ongoing international health research projects and to forge multidisciplinary collaboration among researchers at different stages of their work and their careers. Presenters can include graduate or medical students, postdoctoral fellows, or junior researchers who are developing international health research projects and would benefit from input and collaboration with others. Presenters can also include local faculty speaking in this smaller session about their work or current projects in order to introduce GHS students to various resident faculty and different areas of interest.
  • Designing Clinical Research provides the essential components to writing a clinical research protocol. The students will attend a group lecture and small seminar groups for four weeks. The course will cover hypothesis generation and specific aims, experimental procedures, sample size estimation, data analysis, and writing consent forms for human subjects. (Basic Sciences Track)
  • Advanced Training in Clinical Research (ATCR) program from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics involves postdoctoral scholars in intensive clinical research training. (Major Pathway Clinical Epidemiology Track)
  • Training in Clinical Research (TICR )Summer Workshop is offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and includes courses and seminars providing an initial immersion into clinical research training. (Short-term Pathway, Clinical Epidemiology Track)
  • Scientific Writing provides students the opportunity to hone advanced writing skills through production and revision of potential proposals or papers.
  • Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research covers topics such as conflicts of interest, responsible authorship, policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects, handling misconduct, proper data management, research funding rules and procedures. Students will review and present case studies for class discussion (Basic Sciences Track as stand-alone course, Clinical Epidemiology track as part of ATCR)

Program Contacts

Training Advisory Group (TAG)
  • Elizabeth A. Bukusi, MBChB, M.Med, MPH, PhD Co-Director (KEMRI)
  • Craig R. Cohen, MD, MPH, Co-Director (UCSF)
  • Sarah Macfarlane, PhD, MSc. (UCSF)
  • James McKerrow, MD, PhD (UCSF)
  • Dorothy Mbori Ngacha, MB ChB, MMed (Peds), MPH (U. Nairobi)
  • Chris Stewart, MD, MA (UCSF)
  • Peter Waiyaki, PhD (KEMRI)
  • Njeri Wamae, PhD (KEMRI)


  • Kimberly Bale, MPH
  • Laurie Kalter, MPA



  • Caroline Maina
  • Biscah Munyaka


  • Joyce Kibet
  • Henry Njuguna


  • Benjamin Mbiyu Ngugi (Certificate)
  • Hilary Kagume Njenge
  • Everlyne Nyaboke Ombati
  • Charles Waigwa Wachihi


  • Ibrahim Daud (Certificate)
  • George Michuki (Certificate)
  • Harriette Sande (Certificate)