Global Health Scholars

Global Health Scholars complete an interdisciplinary course of study that includes required and elective courses, field work, and independent research with faculty guidance. The required curriculum has been designed to address fundamental and applied economic, political, social, cultural, biological and scientific issues relevant to global health. Any substitutes for required courses must be approved by the Global Health Studies Program Director. 

Global Health Scholars are selected in the fall of their sophomore year, although in exceptional cases juniors may also be accepted. Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session about the Global Health Scholars program during early October.

In the summer after junior year, Scholars conduct their own independent global health fieldwork, for which they receive support in the form of coursework, designated funding, and advising on selection of their field projects from global health faculty. During their senior year, Scholars are expected to complete a major written product, which may be incorporated into their senior requirement after discussion with academic advisors and may be developed into a publication-worthy product.

Global Health Scholars conduct fieldwork related to a variety of health topics, including infectious disease, non-communicable disease, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, and neglected tropical diseases.  Following are a few examples of Scholars’ field experiences.

Policy Recommendations for Mental Health Career Support Services

At Queensland Center for Mental Health Research my main project included a review of the services provided by Australian states/territories to support informal careers of people with mental illness in their caring role. This included gaining an understanding of the government expenditure on these services.

Program Monitoring and Evaluation Internship

I worked with the Strategic Support Unit at the UNDP office in Colombia in order to develop a strategy to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation protocol of UNDP projects in Colombia. I interviewed project staff across the four major programmatic areas (governance, peace, poverty, and sustainable development) to identify mechanisms to improve monitoring accountability towards UNDP goals.

PRIDE - Adolescent Mental Health Country: United States

Sangath is a mental health NGO and research institution that trains lay counselors in delivering interventions and rigorously compares their effectiveness to therapy administered by professionals. I was on the adolescent mental health project conducting interviews and focus group discussions, working on intervention development for school counselors, and working with psychiatrists and psychologists.

Program Director:
Kristina Talbert-Slagle

Kristina Talbert-Slagle honored with Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching






Global Health Scholars:

Information Session: Friday, October 13, 2017 2:00-3:30pm, LC 209

Application deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 1pm. Information and application here.



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