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Clinical research, epidemiology, prevention, health services and health policy aspects of non-communicable diseases. In particular we welcome applicants with interest in the areas of musculoskeletal and rheumatologic disease, women’s health, HIV, and aging.


Facultad de Salud Pública y Administracíon (School of Public Health and Administration), Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima Peru. Yale Schools of Medicine and Public Health, New Haven, CT.

Site Mentors:

Dr. Patricia Garcia
Dr. Evelyn Hsieh

Point of Contact:

Dr. Patricia Garcia:
Dr. Evelyn Hsieh:

Site Description:

Peru is a country of enormous geographic, cultural and biologic diversity. Located in the capital city of Lima, the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) is the leading biomedical teaching and research institution in Peru. Since its foundation, UPCH´s scientific contributions have had a significant influence on national public health policies, and have promoted development and innovation in Peru. Its research is funded by national and international entities from both private and public sectors such as NIH, Grand Challenges Canada, Wellcome Trust, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, WHO, and pharmaceutical companies.

With eight schools and three campuses that provide undergraduate and graduate education in medicine, dentistry, public health, nursing, sciences and philosophy, veterinary medicine and zoology, psychology, and education, the facilities in UPCH are built for academicians, researchers and students. UPCH boasts various laboratories, animal and clinical facilities, and classrooms, all equipped with high quality internet.

Dr. Garcia and the faculty at the School of Public Health and Administration have longstanding experience in training both Peruvian and foreign trainees in global health and research methods, ranging from short courses/electives in Global Health to a formal Master’s degree program, and the innovative Fogarty Kuskaya post-doctoral global health fellowship program. Dr. Garcia has served previously as Dean of FASPA, Director of the Instituto Nacional de Salud (Peruvian National Institute of Health), and most recently as the Minister of Health of Peru. Dr. Hsieh is an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine (Rheumatology) and School of Public Health (Chronic Disease Epidemiology). Her recent work has focused on prevention of osteoporosis and fracture in countries undergoing economic transition, and the intersection between HIV and non-communicable disease.

Dr. Hsieh and Dr. Garcia have collaborated on epidemiology, prevention and health services research projects related to women’s health topics including sexually transmitted infections, osteoporosis, and most recently aging-related comorbidities among Peruvian women with HIV (osteoporosis, fractures, and sarcopenia). This site seeks to expand knowledge in these key areas of health, which are understudied in Peru and across much of Latin America.