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Global Health at U-M SPH

National borders are rapidly becoming less restrictive to the movement of people, products, toxins, and lifestyles. Today's public health professionals are taking a global view to analyze problems and promote successful interventions. U-M SPH's involvement in global health goes beyond important courses and lectures. For example, hands-on learning opportunities are available through training programs, internships, research opportunities, multidisciplinary projects, and symposia.

GPH Certificate

The U-M SPH Global Health Certificate provides students with knowledge of core competency areas in global health to supplement course work from the school’s five departments.

GPH Student Field Experience

In summer 2013, SPH's Office of Global Public Health sent 26 students to 16 countries. Students in most U-M SPH master degree programs are required to complete an internship or field experience in global health between their first and second year.

Global Public Health Spotlight

Martin McKee
SPH Global Health to Host Professor Martin McKee for Global Austerity Lecture

SPH will host Martin McKee, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in March 2014.

The lecture, titled, "Austerity: A Failed Experiment on the Health of the Population", will tackle the relationship between economic policy and population health outcomes. Speaking to The Lancet in 2013, McKee called Europe’s biggest problem " the maintenance of universal health care in the face of the financial crisis," arguing that public health researchers need to challenge governments on these issues.

The lecture will take place on Monday, March 17, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the School of Public Health (1655 SPH I).

For more Global Public Health event information, view our Google calendar.

UM Advances to Regional Finals of International Hult Prize Competition

Hult teamSPH student Joshua Bogus (MPH '14) is part of a multidisciplinary team that has advanced to the regional finals of the Fifth annual Hult Prize. The competition is organized by the Hult Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative, and awards up to $1 million US in start-up funding to launch a social venture that will create a workable solution to a global problem.

In addition to public health, the UM team is represented by students in medicine, architecture, business, and natural resources. Bogus says, "The Hult Prize challenges our team to tackle a daunting global health problem, but it’s developing solutions to these problems that attracted me to global health and an MPH degree in the first place."

The team will be traveling to San Francisco for the regional round in early March.

Read the full press release.

UM Student Chosen for National Advocacy Workshop

Alyssa MoutonSPH Student Alyssa Mouton (MPH/MPP '14), has been selected as one of 20 women from across the nation to participate in a practicum on the 2014 Commission on Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The practicum is sponsored by the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights at Suffolk University, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the National Women's Studies Association.

During the weeklong March event, Mouton will gain temporary delegate status, attend official and nongovernmental organization sessions, and contribute to the official documentation of both official U.N. and NGO meetings.

Read the full press release.