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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Global Health News

Global Health Calendar


  • Published On 5/1/2017Bordetella pertussis infections in travelers: data from the GeoSentinel global network.Journal of travel medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 5/1/2017Clostridium difficile infection in returning travellers.Journal of travel medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/19/2017Upregulation of Zinc Absorption Matches Increases in Physiologic Requirements for Zinc in Women Consuming High- or Moderate-Phytate Diets during Late Pregnancy and Early Lactation.The Journal of nutritionread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/18/2017On the Need for Quantitative Bias Analysis in the Peer-Review Process.American journal of epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/11/2017A new cascade of HIV care for the era of "treat all".PLoS medicineread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/11/2017Risk of heterosexual HIV transmission attributable to sexually transmitted infections and non-specific genital inflammation in Zambian discordant couples, 1994-2012.International journal of epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/10/2017Changes in estimated glomerular filtration rate over time in South African HIV-1-infected patients receiving tenofovir: a retrospective cohort study.Journal of the International AIDS Societyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/8/2017Population health in an era of rising income inequality: USA, 1980-2015.Lancet (London, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 4/5/2017Quasi-Experimental Study Designs Series- Paper 13: Realizing the Full Potential of Quasi-Experiments for Health Research.Journal of clinical epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 4/4/2017Weight History and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Prospective Cohort Studies.Annals of internal medicineread at PubMed