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 9/1/2016Commentary: Can''t WaSH Without Water: Instrumental Variables Evidence from a Randomized Trial.Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.)read 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 8/1/2016Capitalizing on Natural Experiments to Improve Our Understanding of Population Health.American journal of public healthread at PubMed
  • Published On 8/1/2016Incident tuberculosis in HIV-positive children, adolescents and adults on antiretroviral therapy in South Africa.The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseaseread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/19/2016The global intellectual property ecosystem for insulin and its public health implications: an observational study.Journal of pharmaceutical policy and practiceread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/18/2016The Integrated Role of Wnt/ß-Catenin, N-Glycosylation, and E-Cadherin-Mediated Adhesion in Network Dynamics.PLoS computational biologyread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/13/2016Effects of maternal hydration status on the osmolality of maternal milk.Nutricio´n hospitalariaread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/8/2016Screening HIV-Infected Patients with Low CD4 Counts for Cryptococcal Antigenemia prior to Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy: Cost Effectiveness of Alternative Screening Strategies in South Africa.PloS oneread at PubMed
  • Published On 7/6/2016Nevin Stewart Scrimshaw, PhD, MD, MPH (1918-2013).The Journal of nutritionread at PubMed