CFHI Thomas Hall Spring Break Seminar Scholars Program

Child Family Health International has been impacting the perspective and Global Health expertise of trainees and young professionals for over 25 years. In alignment with our commitment to delivering the best global health programs, we are excited to present the CFHI Thomas Hall Spring Break Seminar Scholars Program.  This Program recognizes rising leaders in global health who are dedicated to health equity, recognizes the power of education and capacity building, and is bold in the desire to challenge the status quo.

This scholarship is made available by Dr. Thomas Hall, a leader in global health issues that has spent much of his life committed to improving the health of low-resource countries. Over the past 60 years, Hall has both provided medical care to these areas and has helped strengthen their health systems, applying best practices from around the world.


Eligibility: Any current student enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate program. Applicant must show a demonstrated commitment to global health, especially through advocacy, political activism, capacity building, and conscious consumerism.

How to apply: Applicants will be asked to upload the following:  

  • A cover letter adressing the following
    • A story from your life showing your commitment to global health
    • An explanation on how this scholarship will help you become a better advocate for global health
  • Letter of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Personal CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Deadline: TBA 

Award Details: Scholarship is $1,500 which covers the full program fee for CFHI Spring Break Seminar that students can complete in 2021. Awardees choose from seminars offered in Hawaii and Mexico. 

More about Thomas Hall: 

Dr. Thomas Hall has had seven "health‑related careers," most of them on the faculty of six universities. One was in clinical medicine, five in public health, and the most recent one, twenty years promoting, facilitating and developing educational resources useful in global health education. Dr. Hall coyly remarks, "of the five public health careers only one has been a success in that we have not yet had a nuclear war."  The added bonus has been to work with many dedicated and highly capable colleagues. His main four jobs can be summarized as working to: contain health care costs in the US ; slow the world's population growth rate; slow the HIV epidemic and to introduce a measure of rationality into health workforce planning. Some of these activities overlap substantially, adding up to almost 100 years of effort which, when added to the 26 years leading up to graduation from medical school total perhaps 124 years of age, or at least service!

Through all of Dr. Hall's careers, he has held fast to his commitment to the importance of enhancing the student voice and a passion for mentorship. Dr. Hall was a leader in the Global Health Education Consortium, which merged with the current day Consortium of Universities for Global Health.  Many leaders in global health education attribute their success and guidance to Dr. Hall. 

“Many people in resource-rich areas think they know all they need to know and resist considering or adopting practices used in other countries…but we can learn as much from them as much as they can learn from us." -Dr. Thomas Hall

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