Global Health

Working toward worldwide equity in health.

The goal of the Department of Global Health 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 7/17/2017Initiating antiretroviral therapy for HIV at a patient''s first clinic visit: a cost-effectiveness analysis of the rapid initiation of treatment randomized controlled trial.AIDS (London, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 7/17/2017Timing of pregnancy, postpartum risk of virologic failure and loss to follow-up among HIV-positive women.AIDS (London, England)read at PubMed
  • Published On 7/10/2017Increasing utilisation of skilled facility-based maternal healthcare services in rural Zambia: the role of safe motherhood action groups.Reproductive healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/7/2017Quasi-experimental study designs series - paper 1: history and introduction.Journal of clinical epidemiologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/7/2017Recurrent Yeast Infections and Vulvodynia: Can We Believe Associations Based on Self-Reported Data?Journal of women''s health (2002)read at PubMed
  • Published On 6/27/2017The BetterBirth Program: Pursuing Effective Adoption and Sustained Use of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist Through Coaching-Based Implementation in Uttar Pradesh, India.Global health, science and practiceread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/27/2017Improving Adherence to Essential Birth Practices Using the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist With Peer Coaching: Experience From 60 Public Health Facilities in Uttar Pradesh, India.Global health, science and practiceread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/27/2017Benefits and Limitations of Text Messages to Stimulate Higher Learning Among Community Providers: Participants'' Views of an mHealth Intervention to Support Continuing Medical Education in Vietnam.Global health, science and practiceread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/27/2017Inequitable Access to Health Care by the Poor in Community-Based Health Insurance Programs: A Review of Studies From Low- and Middle-Income Countries.Global health, science and practiceread at PubMed
  • Published On 6/23/2017HIV viral load as an independent risk factor for tuberculosis in South Africa: collaborative analysis of cohort studies.Journal of the International AIDS Societyread at PubMed