The UCLA Center for World Health (CWH) is a joint initiative of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health. Our motto is Saving Lives and Improving Health by Investing in People.

Please see the UCLA Center for World Health brochure (5.5MB) for more information on our vision, mission, values, and programs. Users with limited bandwidth may wish to access the low-resolution version (362K).

Please visit our EXPLORE database for a comprehensive view of our international partners and projects across program areas.


Learning from Our Neighbors

The residency programs and Global Health Education Programs at the David Geffen School of Medicine are actively engaging in international electives and global health learning opportunities in an effort to expand their clinical knowledge and capabilities, enabling them to engage health challenges worldwide.


Teaching the World

To develop a health workforce that is skilled and patient-centered, we work closely with partner physicians to ensure they are skilled in providing high-quality, up-to-date, and sustainable care that addresses local health problems. Our projects include clinical training in underdeveloped countries in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa to build the capacity of health care providers, as well as teaching locally at UCLA through clinical observerships for international physicians and health care workers.


Serving Those in Need

Every year, faculty from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA travel to partner countries, including Armenia, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and many others, to engage in clinical care delivery and provide services to underserved areas, and to build the capacity of health care providers to deliver world-class care.


Advancing Global Research

The David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health invest in numerous research projects with a global impact. Together, we address the most pressing health issues facing the world, including infectious diseases such as HIV, as well as the growing epidemics of noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.


Collaborating for Innovation

The UCLA Center for World Health facilitates and develops partnerships with institutions around the world to promote innovation, research, education, and service, improving the health of people and communities worldwide. We partner with universities, ministries of health, private entities, and other organizations to promote innovative and collaborative approaches to health care.


Engaging the Community

The UCLA Center for World Health seeks to establish productive links with global communities and with international organizations based in Los Angeles and around the world. Throughout the year, we host a multitude of speakers to engage students, faculty, staff, and community partners on a variety of global impact topics, such as climate change and health, world health and human rights, world health technology, world health policy, and many others. By building dynamic collaborations with global and Los Angeles community partners, we can extend our reach even further to reach our mission and vision for world health.