Stanford Global Health & Media Fellowship

About the Fellowship 

In 2011, Stanford University’s Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH) launched the first U.S. Fellowship in Media and Global Health to demonstrate how multiple media platforms can have significant impact on global health work. Fellows are competitively chosen from a national pool of physicians-in-training and physicians committed to a career in global health. The Fellow learns how multiple media modalities can play a significant role in health and human rights efforts, foundation and government health assistance, and individual health choices.

This opportunity is targeted to provide medical students, residents or fellows with 12-months of practical training in global health reporting using a variety of media platforms including print, online, broadcast, social and digital media while learning the fundamentals of journalism and communications.



Throughout the fellowship, the Fellow will be mentored by: Michele Barry, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Global Health at the Stanford School of Medicine and Director of the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health; Nancy Snyderman, MD, FACP, former chief medical editor for NBC News and Consulting Professor of Global Health at the Stanford School of Medicine; James T. Hamilton, Hearst Professor of Communication and Director of the Stanford Journalism Program; Paul Costello, Chief of Communication and Public Affairs for Stanford Medicine. 


The Fellowship aims to teach the chosen fellow: 

  • How journalists and TV medical correspondents select topics, stories, and issues in the field of global health;
  • Techniques to persuasively present and write about science;
  • How to access new channels and technologies for persuasive communication, including best practices of social networking.


Upon completion of the fellowship, the Fellow will be required to produce a publication on an in-depth topic of choice in global health.

The Fellow will return to medical training with the expectation that in addition to treating patients, conducting research or teaching, s/he will also become an advocate and spokesperson for global health issues.

Application Information

One fellow is selected each year for the 12-month fellowship, which begins in July and ends the following June. Applications will open in December 2017 for the 2018-2019 fellowship that begins in July 2018. Check back for the application in December.

Questions about the fellowship may be directed to Rachel Leslie, Stanford Global Health Communications Officer, at

2017-2018 Fellow

Mark Lieber is a third-year medical student at the University of California-Irvine and the current Stanford Global Health & Media Fellow. He holds a Masters in Global Health Sciences from the University of California-San Francisco and pursued his undergraduate education at Stanford University ('06), where he double-majored in Human Biology and Film & Media Studies. After college, Mark worked as an Associate Producer at National Geographic Television in New York for four years, focusing on a television series called "Lockdown" that documented life in America's prison system. More recently, he worked as a Health Systems Coordinator for Partners In Health in Malawi where he worked alongside the Ministry of Health to upgrade a rural health center into a community hospital. Looking forward, Mark hopes to combine his medical training with his documentary film background to advocate for healthcare issues faced by vulnerable populations both domestically and abroad.