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.

Barriers to Screening for HPV and Cervical Cancer

This summer I spent eight weeks in León, Nicaragua conducting a mixed-methods investigation with two Yale College students and a student from the Yale School of Public Health.  The goal of our study was to assess the barriers to screening for human papilloma virus and cervical cancer in the subpopulations of urban and rural women of León.  Working within three urban health centers and three rural health posts, my team and I completed over 300

Implementing mHealth for Finding TB in Uganda: Insights from the Field

The goal of this study is to understand the acceptability of an existing TB contact investigation program among community health workers. I collected information through interviews and direct observation.

Determining correlates of default among HIV patients in rural South Africa

I investigated HIV medication adherence in rural Tugela Ferry, South Africa. I visited 15 primary health clinics to try to locate patients that had supposedly stopped picking up their medication at the district hospital. I then compared their demographic and health characteristics to determine the correlates of default.

Program Director:
Kristina Talbert-Slagle

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








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