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.

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.

Examining the Criminalization of HIV Transmission and Exposure at the Center for HIV Law and Policy

I worked at the Center for HIV Law and Policy, a nonprofit organization in New York City. CHLP is a national legal and policy resource and strategy center, serving people with HIV and their advocates. They work to reduce the impact of HIV and secure human rights through research and advocacy.

Internship on Housing Justice

This summer, I had a research internship with Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU), a non-profit organization that promotes urban land justice in Cape Town, South Africa. I helped my team with political campaigns, research on urban policy and law in the city, a1nd popular education on land justice in South Africa.

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.