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Training and Fellowship Program


The PAHO/WHO Training and Fellowships Program (T&F) work with capacity building projects and activities, collaborate with partner organizations on scholarship and training initiatives, and offer practicum opportunities in Human Resources for Health for graduate students and professionals, in the Region of the America.

T&F serves the Region of the Americas as the PAHO/AMRO Regional Fellowships Office and in this role, with a decentralized administration that takes place at the country level.


At the core of its work T&F has served as the WHO Global Fellowships Program's Regional Office for the Americas.

Since it's beginning in 1948, WHO and its Member States have recognized Fellowships as an effective means to prepare a skilled, capable health workforce able to respond to the country's public health needs.  As a technical program, T&F supports Ministries of Health by providing training opportunities for public health civil servants and other health officials to build human resources capacity to ensure quality health service delivery, leading to a stronger health system.


  • Manage and coordinate training programs for WHO Fellows from other Regions who pursue training in the Americas
  • Organize training programs for Fellows from PAHO countries studying in the United States, Canada and countries outside of the Americas
  • Organize study tours in the Americas
  • Provide guidance to PAHO country offices on Fellowships policy and regulations
  • Serve as liaison with the WHO Global Fellowships program at WHO/HQ and the WHO Regional Offices
  • For more about PAHO/WHO Training and Fellowships Program click here.

icon-projects-100px Projects

The PAHO/WHO Training and Fellowships Program works with four main projects: WHO Global Fellowships Program; Partnership Programs; Practicums in Human Resources for Health; and Study Tours. More information about each of this projects are provided below:

WHO Global Fellowships Program

The WHO Global Fellowships Program is a technical cooperation tool that builds human resource capacity by training public health workers in country priority health needs. T&F serves as the WHO Global Fellowships Program's Regional Office for the Americas. Read more...

Practicums in Human Resources for Health

Graduate students and volunteers have the opportunity to learn first-hand about Human Resources for Health activities in the Region of the Americas and also the workings of an international organization. PAHO/WHO T&F team liaises with universities and other partner organizations to recruit qualified candidates, administers the PAHO/WHO onboarding process, and orients and monitors the interns/volunteers during their training. Read more...

Study Tours 

The PAHO/WHO Training and Fellowships team collaborates with PAHO country offices and government agencies, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations to design and implement study tours on timely public health issues. These professional missions encourage information exchange, inter-regional dialogue and offer participants an opportunity to establish linkages and develop inter-country or international projects. Read more...


Partner Programs

PAHO/WHO Training and Fellowships partners with other scholarship and fellowship programs, tapping into the resources and strengths from the respective organizations to maximize the program's potential. Current and past partners include non-profit organizations, international organizations, foundations and corporations. Read more...


icon-highlights-100pxFormer Fellows

PAHO/WHO fellows, trainees, interns and volunteers come from around the world to pursue training opportunities in public health and related fields. While their technical areas and professions may vary - researchers, clinicians, technicians, professors - they have a unifying goal to gain knowledge and skills that will ultimately help improve their countries' public health care systems. Information regarding fellowships that have taken place in the last years in the Americas is provided in the following link: Read more...

The PAHO/WHO Trainng and Fellowships program is part of the Unit of Human Resources for Health, Department of Health Systems and Services. 

Karen Gladbach
Manager, Training and Fellowships
Human Resources for Health Unit
Health Systems and Services Department
Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel.: +1(202)974-3806
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