In 2007, GlobeMed was founded by a small group of Northwestern students through the assistance of the Buffett Institute. Their mission was to empower students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world.

Today, GlobeMed has close to 60 student-led chapters at universities across the nation, with around 2,000 student members, which partner with grassroots NGOs serving poor communities. The Northwestern University Chapter of GlobeMed is sponsored and supported by the Buffett Institute.

GlobeMed’s national headquarters is located on Northwestern's Evanston campus, where eight full-time staff and several interns collaborate with Buffett Institute staff to train students in global health, partner with effective grassroots organizations, and strengthen the movement in fighting for equity in global health.