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.

People Living with HIV/AIDS in Cuba

This past summer I conducted my own independent research in Havana, Cuba, studying how People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) were affected by Global Fund donation policies, the organization of the National Mutual Support Network, and LGBTQ rights advocates.

Identifying Correlates of Default Among ART Patients at a Rural Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

I spent this summer investigating HIV+ patients who defaulted on their ART treatment. Since the start of 2015, approximately 900 patients were listed as defaulters from COSH, the district hospital.

Effects of Psychosocial Factors on HIV Treatment Outcomes for a Population of Men Who Have Sex With Men

In Lima, Peru I worked with the NGO IMPACTA on two research projects looking at treatment adherence. While IMPACTA focuses primarily on HIV patients, the work I did was both with HIV and TB patients and was done in hospitals around Lima. This allowed me to get to know more of the city and more people than I would have met otherwise. The research was supervised by Dr.

Program Director:
Kristina Talbert-Slagle

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






Global Health Showcase:
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Place: Loria 250

Download the 2015 brochure.