Student Research Training Program

The DGHI Student Research Training Program is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second and third year undergraduate students in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based project. Students (2015-2016) worked in Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Haiti, Uganda and North Carolina, US on issues ranging from infant mortality to health care mapping to access to care for migrant populations and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues.

Working with a faculty director and a community partner, students will be at the center of global health challenges and have the opportunity to employ skills learned in the classroom in the community.

Students selected for this program will receive a grant to cover their fieldwork experience.

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Lysa MacKeen
Assistant Director of Experiential Learning



October 24, 2016


“Find your passion. What you learn will be goodness in your journey no matter the direction. Also get to know yourself. The SRT program is holistic, enabling you to bring your insights back to Duke and nurture relationships with partners on the ground.” Laura Muglia, Duke Global Health Institute Board Member

Who Can Apply?

Second and third year undergraduate students at Duke who have demonstrated an interest in global health through coursework are eligible to apply.

Previous international or community-based project experience is desirable.



Students are expected to make a significant commitment to preparing for their experiential learning experience. This includes readings and background research, as well as attending:

  • Bi-weekly meetings with faculty directors
  • Pre-departure workshops focused on project development and implementation
  • Re-entry retreat focused on processing the experience
  • Participate in the global health showcase

How to Apply

  1. Choose a project location that interests you
  2. Complete the 2016-2017 application (coming soon!)
  3. Send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to
  4. Deadline: October 24, 2016


Project Locations


Technology in Global Health Education: Evaluation of a Distance Learning Program for Ghanaian Nurse Anesthetists

In low-resource countries, it is often immediate necessity that drives the development of the healthcare workforce. Training varies from formal university- based programs to on the job apprenticeships as well as situations of self- teaching. This can result in an unstable supply of properly trained practitioners, and often creates opportunities for significant gaps in knowledge or skill preparation.



Women's Health Needs in the Haitian Population

Started in 1993 and partnered formally with Duke since 2008, Family Health Ministries is focused on meeting the needs and improving the health of Haiti through their unique strategy of turning local community priorities into improved national health care programs through data collection and best practice development. They want to take what is learned to help improve health care for the entire country, generalizing the knowledge for reuse in other low-resource countries. Additional information can be found here:


Saving Sight: Roatán

Clinica Esperanza provides low-cost/no cost medical care to the people of Roatan. At the medical clinic and hospital, people can receive services from the walk-in medical clinic, women's health center, pediatrics, birthing center, dental clinic including a laboratory and pharmacy. The clinic also provides outreach clinics, community health education programs, and school health screenings for vision and oral health.


Physical and Mental Health Support and Outcomes for Children in Residential Care Programs

Faculty: Ariely, Sumedha Topics: Child health

'Udayan', in Sanskrit, means Eternal Sunrise. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, youth, and women in 13 cities across 8 states of India. Their mission is to provide residential care in a family based environment so that the children grow up to be healthy, caring, independent and socially responsible adults.


Community Health in Rural Uganda

Faculty: Ariely, Sumedha Topics: Chronic disease

In 2008 the Duke Global Health Institute Fieldwork Program partnered with community leaders to complete health collaboration work in central region of Uganda. Sumi Ariely, a DGHI faculty member and Christopher Kigongo, a Ugandan Physician now at Duke Hospital and founder of the Naama Millennium Preparatory School created a partnership to guide dedicated teams of Duke Students who have developed a variety of grassroots on-going community health and development projects.

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