What is Global Health?

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 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."1

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.

1. Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, et al. (June 2009). "Towards a common definition of global health." Lancet. 373 (9679): 1993-5. PMID 19493564. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60332-9.