The CCGHR gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for the production of this learning module and for its broader support to the mentorship program.

We also extend our sincere thanks to Lori Hanson, Sheila Harms, Vic Neufeld, Vinh Kim Nguyen, and other members of the subgroup on mentorship for their insightful and thoughtful contributions to this learning module. Finally, we thank Katrina Plamondon for her superb coordination, writing and editing.

An Introduction to Mentorship

Mentorship is recognized across disciplines in both academic and practice settings as an important contributor to building capacity within organizations and among individuals. There are many definitions and types of mentorship. Mentorship can be spontaneous or formal, direct or indirect, and short or long-term. These modules provide a foundation for exploring these different forms of mentorship in ways that can contribute to creating a culture of mentorship.

Key Messages:

  1. There are many different types and approaches to mentoring.
  2. Mentorship can play an important role in strengthening capacity for global health research.
  3. The Coalition is actively engaging in activities to promote and facilitate mentoring as a resource for strengthening capacity in global health research.
  4. Alternative approaches to mentorship offer new opportunities for mentoring in the context of global health research, particularly in connecting people in different geographical locations and in resource-limited settings.


  1. Module One: An Introduction to Mentorship [PDF 216 Kb]
  2. Module Two: Competency in Mentoring [PDF 252 Kb]
  3. Module Three: Why Mentorship? [PDF 260 Kb]
  4. Module Four: Case Studies in Mentorship [PDF 176 Kb]
  5. Module Five: Building a Mentorship Program [PDF 180 Kb]
  6. Module Six: Special Module on Mentorship for Tobacco Control:Perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean [PDF 252 Kb]

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