Global Health Programs
"We will win far more hearts and minds, we will promote democracy far more effectively, by demonstrating that the richest nation in the world is also the most compassionate and generous, and that we care about our neighbors. And what better place to start than health?"
- Former UM SPH Dean Ken Warner, addressing graduating students.
National borders are rapidly becoming less restrictive to the movement of people, products, toxins, and lifestyles. Now, more than ever before, public health professionals need to take a global view to analyze problems and promote successful interventions.
UM SPH's involvement in global health goes beyond isolated courses and lectures. For example:
- Well-grounded training programs provide ongoing opportunities for hands-on learning.
- Research in all five departments brings students into the established faculty projects to improve the health of populations on every continent.
- Multidisciplinary projects and symposia tackle timely issues in-depth, many living on as archived webcasts.
As the School of Public Health expands its contributions to interdisciplinary efforts across campus and around the globe, this brief index highlights some key initiatives.
- The Certificate in Global Health is dedicated to "engaging in analysis and action toward understanding and improving how globalization affects human well-being." While all UM SPH students are invited to incorporate an analysis of globalization in their program of study, the Certificate in Global Health offers a formalized set of courses and support for field experience in this area.
- The M.P.H. program in International Health (Epidemiology) takes a complementary approach to the study of relationships between developing and industrialized countries. A capstone project includes doing an internship in a developing country between the first and second year, presenting a scientific poster at a departmental poster session, and completing a data analysis project in the final term.