What is Global Health?

Brown University is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), which defines global health as, "an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide."  

Global  health:

  • emphasizes trans-national health issues, determinants, and solutions;
  • involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care. 

The interests of global health span the range from vaccine development and delivery, to economic disparity and extreme poverty, to cultural and psychosocial factors that influence etiology, prevention, surveillance and treatment of disease, etc.

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

What Is the Brown Global Health Initiative?

To address the fundamentally interrelated problems of health and development, the Global Health Initiative works to:

  • facilitate collaboration among faculty members, students and international partners
  • lead efforts in multidisciplinary translational research, education and clinical programs/projects
  • develop and enhance partnerships with institutions in the world's developing nations
  • support scholarships, direct grants, and monitor major funding opportunities outside Brown
  • host forums for speakers and research conferences
  • organize and disseminate information
  • encourage innovation
The Dean's Vision

Edward Wing, MD, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences between 2008 and 2013, describes how faculty and students are changing the world today, and his vision of global health at Brown.