Global Health

The Department of Global Health seeks to improve the health and well-being of under-served populations in low and middle-income countries through the education and training of our students, as well as through research, technical assistance, and service. The department strives to:

  • Cultivate an active, practice-based learning community to develop leaders capable of creating positive change in public health; and to
  • Empower citizens, governments, and organizations to improve lives and mitigate the effects of poverty using evidence-based policies, programs, and advocacy.

Members of the faculty are drawn from public health, clinical, and social/behavioral sciences, providing a multidisciplinary faculty equipped to address the complex issues of health and development, and meet the needs of a diverse student body.

The department has a strong emphasis on issues related to infectious diseases; monitoring, evaluation, and research methods; sex, sexuality, gender, and health; health program management; managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies; and pharmaceutical policy.

The Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) is a multidisciplinary research center that engages faculty from across the University to help solve the critical global health and social development challenges of our time. The mission of the center is not only to conduct high-quality applied research, but also to advocate for the use of this research to improve the health of underserved populations around the world. Through our collaborative work with scientists worldwide, we also seek to strengthen individual and institutional capacity to conduct and utilize research. The center focuses its research on HIV/AIDS, neonatal and child survival, pharmaceutical access, innovation and use, health systems strengthening and financing, poverty and development, and sex, sexuality, gender, and health. CGHD is a WHO Collaborating Center for Pharmaceutical Policy. CGHD research initiatives can be found throughout the GH curriculum, where faculty draw upon their own scientific activities to enrich the classroom experience with examples of current, relevant, and applied research in global health.

Academic Programs

The Department of Global Health offers the Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Global Health and is an active participant in the School’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program.