The UCSF Department of Psychiatry offers a two-year fellowship in Global Mental Health in partnership with the HEAL Initiative. The goal of this innovative and rigorous program is to train board-eligible/board-certified psychiatrists as leaders in clinical practice, capacity building, health systems strengthening and health services research in low-resource settings in the United States and abroad.

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Rotation sites

Fellows will complete four mentored rotations at a domestic site in Navajo Nation and an international site (Possible in rural Nepal). Each rotation is approximately six months and each site hosts HEAL fellows from other clinical specialties as well. For fellows who are not able to be away from home for the entire fellowship, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to develop a suitable arrangement for clinical rotations.

Navajo Nation

Fellows will provide clinical services to residents of Navajo Nation at one of HEAL’s current partner sites. They will address the challenge of expanding mental health services to a rural population by health systems strengthening, telemedicine, mobile medical van, and an integrated care program within a general medical clinic.

Achham, Nepal

Fellows will lead an integrated mental health program at a healthcare system that is operated in partnership between the Nepali government and Possible, a non-profit organization working in Nepal since 2008. Possible has a robust infrastructure with a 20-bed general hospital, an outpatient clinic where 12 generalist clinicians see over 200 patients every day, over 150 community health workers, 24-hour solar electricity, an electronic medical record system, and a strong implementation science research team. Fellows will implement a collaborative care model to gain expertise in leading a complex mental health system in one of the most resource-constrained regions in South Asia.


Learn more about the psychiatry pathway, the faculty and the core competencies here: