Global Health

Working toward worldwide equity in health.

The goal of the Department of Global Health and the associated Center for Global Health and Development is to improve the health of underserved global populations through policy-relevant research; the empowerment of citizens, governments, and organizations; and the education of future global health leaders. We focus on the world’s three overriding health problems—poverty, disease, and inequity—with emphasis on infectious diseases, management and finance, reproductive health, maternal health, child survival, policy analysis, and research and evaluation methods.

The department emphasizes a practice-based education with on-the-ground experience, and coursework that teaches skills relevant in running programs to reduce disease and inequality in low-income countries. We are active in more than 10 countries at any given time, with a major continuing presence in South Africa and Zambia and research projects in Mexico, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, India, and Vietnam. We have also conducted extensive work in Namibia and Lesotho.

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  • Published On 10/7/2016Diabetes diagnosis and care in sub-Saharan Africa: pooled analysis of individual data from 12 countries.The lancet. Diabetes & endocrinologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 9/24/2016A meta-analysis assessing all-cause mortality in HIV-exposed uninfected compared with HIV-unexposed uninfected infants and children.AIDS (London, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2016Commentary: Can''t WaSH Without Water: Instrumental Variables Evidence from a Randomized Trial.Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)read at PubMed
  • Published On 9/1/2016Mortality in the First 3 Months on Antiretroviral Therapy Among HIV-Positive Adults in Low- and Middle-income Countries: A Meta-analysis.Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999)read at PubMed
  • Published On 8/22/2016Marginal Structural Models to Assess Delays in Second-Line HIV Treatment Initiation in South Africa.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/20/2016A clinical guidance tool to improve the care of children hospitalized with severe pneumonia in Lusaka, Zambia.BMC pediatricsread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/15/2016A pre-post study of a multi-country scale up of resuscitation training of facility birth attendants: does Helping Babies Breathe training save lives?BMC pregnancy and childbirthread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/11/2016A framework for evaluating the costs of malaria elimination interventions: an application to reactive case detection in Southern Province of Zambia, 2014.Malaria journalread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/9/2016Accelerating the Uptake and Timing of Antiretroviral Therapy Initiation in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Operations Research Agenda.PLoS medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/8/2016Interventions to improve the rate or timing of initiation of antiretroviral therapy for HIV in sub-Saharan Africa: meta-analyses of effectiveness.Journal of the International AIDS Societyread at PubMed