Third-Fourth Year Scholarly Projects in Global Health

The Scholarly Projects in Global Health Tracks engage students with interests that go beyond the boundaries of clinical medicine and individual patient care. Students in this track explore the range of forces—medical, social, cultural, political, economic, and legal—that have an impact on the health of populations in the United States and around the world.

One definition of public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” Another states that public health is “the approach to medicine that is concerned with the health of the community as a whole.” Scholarly projects in population and community health will focus on issues of importance that affect health of large communities such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, tobacco use, hypertension, heart disease, tuberculosis, HIV infection, and others. At the population level, interventions to address these problems may involve medical care, but may also involve legal, social, cultural, political and economic approaches to effect changes that will improve health at the population level. Projects in this area may be designed to understand, develop and/or evaluate population-based approaches to health and well-being. Global health projects aim to understand and reduce health challenges in international settings and to cultivate deep cross-cultural understanding. These projects provide students with opportunities to learn about and experience global health directly and consider health beyond the clinical perspective.