Global Health Initiative

Global Health Initiative Interactive Map!

Click here to see a map of the various countries where students and faculty are conducting research.

Global Health in the News

From the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs:
Zika Virus: Separating Fact from Fiction

Brown University and University of Ghana launched the Training Program in Tuberculosis and HIV Research in Ghana  on December 8.  Please see the University of Ghana website for further details. 

The Brown University Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program allows students to gain experience and inspiration from a summer abroad. Read the article by David Orenstein here

Suniti Solomon, MDSuniti Solomon, MD

Suniti Solomon, MD Hon.'06 , 76, of Chennai, India, died July 28, 2015. Globally renowned as the pioneering force in India for treating people with HIV and slowing the rate of infection in that country, Solomon worked closely with Alpert Medical School faculty and students for more than two decades. For her achievements, Brown honored her with a Doctor of Medical Science degree in 2006. Read more here in the Brown Medicine Magazine.

Brown Faculty in the News

December 2015, Rhode Island Monthly Magazine
Dr. Adam Levine, 
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown andDirector of the Brown University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, was named as one of Rhode Island Monthly's Rhode Islanders of the Year for his work in Liberia with International Medical Corps to set up the first Ebola Treatment Unit.

New method to test HIV
A Brown University research team, including Anubhav Tripathi, PhD, Professor of Engineering and Rami Kantor, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, has developed a new method for analyzing the the RNA of HIV for mutations that convey drug resistance. Read more here!

A Dark Cloud: The Fight Against TB Carries on in Ukraine
Natasha Rybak, MD '07, Res '11, F '16, is in her fourth year of the Combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at Alpert Medical School.  She currently works with the Brown Ukraine Collaboration on pediatric infectious diseases in Ukraine, with a focus on TB management. She wrote about her experience in the field for Brown Medicine Magazine

Newly Funded Grants

In June of 2015, the Global Health Initiative was awarded two new grants under PAR-13-126 Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43).  Following is a brief description of each grant:

Brown Moi Partnership for Biostatistics Training in HIV
The overall objective of this proposal is to develop a training program that will expand research and curricular capacity in biostatistics and advanced quantitative methods at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, laying the foundation for a sustainable critical mass of faculty and staff scientists in this field.

Training Program in Tuberculosis and HIV Research in Ghana
The long-term goal of this program is to strengthen institutional capacity at the University of Ghana for multidisciplinary research with a focus on addressing TB/HIV research priorities. PhD and Masters Degree candidates, postdoctoral fellow and short-term trainees with complimentary expertise will be trained to develop and implement independent high-quality research relevant to TB and HIV control in Ghana. Ultimately, the work of trainees and their research collaborators will establish a center of excellence for TB/HIV research at the University of Ghana. Read more here at News from Brown and from the University of Ghana website.

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.