Global Health Initiative

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Global Health Initiative Interactive Map

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Emory Global Health Case Competition

This competition gives students at both U.S. and international institutions the opportunity to work together to foster creative solutions that address current global health problems.  A total of five Brown University students attended, creating a diverse team of students passioante for global health.  Bianca Duah and Pranav Sharma are both undergraduates, Zac Tabb is attending the Alpert Medical School, Jennifer Knight is pursuing her MPH at The School of Public Health and Rachel Deraney is a PhD candidate in Biomed Engineering.  All students thoroughly enjoyed their experience and recommended that Brown students apply for next year!

Pictured from left to right: Rachel Deraney, Pranav Sharma, Bianca Duah, Zac Tabb, Jennifer KnightPictured from left to right: Rachel Deraney, Pranav Sharma, Bianca Duah, Zac Tabb, Jennifer Knight

Students hard at work with the design of their project during the conference: From left to right: Rachel Deraney, Pranav Sharma and Bianca DuahStudents hard at work with the design of their project during the conference: From left to right: Rachel Deraney, Pranav Sharma and Bianca Duah

Recent Faculty Publications

"On my very first day in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, I found a scrap of paper in my stairwell. It sat discarded on a window ledge, curled up with the memory of folds unfolded. It had once formed a tightly sealed package, an origami familiar to anyone who has bought or sold (or, in my case, studied) illicit drugs in Eastern Europe. The page itself was map of northern Africa torn from a pocket atlas. Traces of shirka, the tar-like poppy straw derivative often injected in Ukraine, dotted the coastline of Libya, an indelible marker of the map’s final purpose. Above the Libyan shores, the water was labeled ‘Sredizemnoe More’, which, literally translated, means ‘Middle Earth Sea’. I had to learn this name in Russian before I realized I had already known it. English: Mediterranean. Latin: Medius Terra. Middle earth. Water between two lands."

-- Excerpt from a May 30, 2016 article in the journal Medicine Anthropology Theory (MAT) entitled, "Writing grief: Death and bereavement in ethnographic texts" by Jennifer J. Carroll, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital and Research Associate at the Alpert Medical School where she is part of the Brown University Ukraine Collaboration. Read more of Jennifer's article here.

Mission Statement

The Global Health Initiative is a multidisciplinary university-wide effort to reduce health inequalities among underserved populations locally and worldwide through education, research, service and development of partnerships.

Global Health in Education, Research and Service

The GHI is distinguished by an integrative, overarching approach to the fundamentally interrelated problems of health and development.  One key advantage of the GHI is its ability to bring together the  social, cultural, and human dimensions of global health problems and their biomedical and technological elements under a single umbrella. Building upon Brown's expertise in both population analysis and infectious disease intervention, the Initiative offers high impact education, research, and service opportunities for students and faculty, and addresses issues of capacity, infrastructure, environment, and health care delivery to reduce the burden of disease in impoverished communities.

Watch a short video about the Brown Global Health Initiative, featuring Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin, Director of the Global Health Initiative.