Global Health Initiative

About the Global Health Initiative

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."

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

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.


  • 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