Introducing the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative

The Initiative brings together a diverse group of global health education leaders from high, middle and low income countries to achieve three central goals:

  1. To construct the first universal global health education curriculum guidelines that would include recommendations regarding objectives, basic competencies, innovative methods of instruction and evaluation, including measures of impact that would be applicable regardless of the student’s country of origin or destination.
  2. To explore how global health education, with its emphasis on the culture of health and health care delivery, changes student knowledge, skills, attitudes and ultimately patient care behaviour.
  3. To plan a web-based, international cooperative, the central purpose of which will be to guide and monitor implementation of the model global health education universal curriculum guidelines in various high, middle and low income countries around the globe.

Please visit our blog to read the latest news from the Initiative.


Annals of Global Health

Readers of this blog might like to know about the first all-electronic issue of the Annals of Global Health published through the Levy Library Press/Ubiquity Press. This issue focusses on research from Medical/Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI/NEPI) and AFREhealth institutions including members of BGHEI. The link is

A Comparison of the Expectations and Experiences of Medical Students From High-, Middle-, and Low- Income Countries Participating in Global Health Clinical Electives

Members of the BGHEI team have published a new paper, A Comparison of the Expectations and Experiences of Medical Students From High-, Middle-, and Low- Income Countries Participating in Global Health Clinical Electives. Global health education (GHE) is expanding to include socioculturally and resource- different settings, with the goal of developing a workforce with members …

BGHEI meeting in India, February 2018

The next meeting of the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative will take place between 5-9 February 2018 at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Sewagram, Maharashtra. Amongst the meeting themes will be progress towards a universal curriculum for global health. We hope to announce details of a satellite meeting open to medical schools and universities …

Our vision, mission, and values

Our vision

BGHEI enhances the quality and purpose of global health education programs in medical schools worldwide.

Our mission

BGHEI represents a diverse group of medical educators who work in small groups to study important issues in global health education, disseminate this information widely in order to influence best practices, and monitor implementation and assessment of GH curricula.

Our values

Diversity:  BGHEI seeks an equal representation of members from high, middle and low income countries worldwide.  We also value traditional aspects of diversity (such as age, gender and ethnicity) as well as the perspective students bring to our work.

Expertise in Global Health Education:  BGHEI members include experts in global health education theory as well as practice.

Innovation:  Use of technology to manage meetings of the subgroups and in the development and implementation of educational materials.

Collaboration:  BGHEI members collaborate within the small groups, with the larger BGHEI community, as well as with other groups working on similar issues.

Our governance

We believe that at this stage of development, the organization should remain relatively “flat” with an Executive Committee/PIs that would take responsibility for tasks including communications and in-person meetings of the large group, assisting the small groups, membership in BGHEI, and concerns about authorship.  Each small group will have leaders who will be responsible for managing meetings of the small group, determining collaborations and recommending new members.

Register your interest

We welcome contact from individuals or organisations that share our vision, mission, and values. If you would like to find out more about our work, if you have a question, or if your are interested in joining with us, please get in touch.