About Us

The Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) at Boston University 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.

Over 90 employees and field staff are engaged in center-based research activities in more than 20 countries. They include clinical scientists trained in infectious diseases, internal medicine, and pediatrics; epidemiologists and demographers trained in the core public health disciplines; social scientists ranging from economists and lawyers to medical anthropologists; as well as a diverse range of experts from other professions.

Led by Professor Jonathon Simon, the CGHD currently focuses its research efforts on the following interrelated health and development concerns:

In the future, the center plans to continue to build a portfolio of research that matches the educational strengths of the Boston University School of Public Health while expanding  into new areas, including urban health and disabilities. The CGHD is also increasing its collaborations with faculty from across the many schools and colleges of Boston University who are interested in improving global health.

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