A simple and inexpensive public health intervention helped prevent many cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Pakistan. The intervention, described in a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, will be especially helpful for protecting the kidney health of people living in developing countries.
On June 30, Christopher Woods will be stepping down as the director of the Duke Global Health Institute’s (DGHI’s) Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) program and the director of graduate studies. Woods, a professor of medicine and global health and chief of the infectious diseases division at the Durham VA Medical Center, has led the program since its inception in 2008.
Post-doctoral fellow Bonnie Kaiser joined the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) last August after completing a doctorate in anthropology and a master’s in public health in epidemiology at Emory University. Kaiser conducts global mental health research with a focus on cultural aspects of measurement, communication and intervention design, and it was DGHI’s growing global mental health initiative—along with her long-standing collaboration with DGHI faculty members Brandon Kohrt and Deborah Jenson—that drew her to Duke.
Last Friday, May 13, faculty and staff of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and 34 graduates of the Duke Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) celebrated commencement in a ceremony in the Great Hall of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education. Notably, the MSc-GH class of 2016 reflects a 100 percent graduation rate among of the students who began the program in the fall of 2014.
Last Friday, May 13, 61 undergraduate global health majors celebrated commencement with faculty and staff of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). The ceremony was held in the Great Hall of the Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education. In addition to the 61 majors, 63 minors and one global health certificate recipient graduated this year.
Many global health students and faculty members recently received a wide range of awards and honors.
A study led by adjunct Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) faculty member John Crump in 2007-2008 revealed that more than 60 percent of patients admitted with fever in northern Tanzania were diagnosed with malaria, but less than two percent of those patients actually had malaria. In a new study, Crump, now an adjunct DGHI faculty member, is leading a research team that will attempt to better understand the causes of death among patients admitted to hospital with severe fever in northern Tanzania and identify interventions that could avert fatal outcomes among these patients.
But last fall, Subhashini “Shubha” Chandrasekharan, assistant research professor of global health, headed to Washington DC to embark on a new challenge: an American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with USAID’s Global Development Lab. We recently talked with her about her experience in the fellowship program.
Tara Bansal, a junior from Long Island, New York, knew from day one that she wanted to focus her college experience on empowering women. She chose Duke and DGHI because she wanted to take an interdisciplinary approach to international human development, she was seeking study away and fieldwork opportunities, and she was drawn to high-quality yet accessible research opportunities.
How does a global health policy expert help his students understand the complexity of developing, implementing and evaluating a global health policy and garnering the necessary support to move the initiative forward? If you’re global health and public policy professor Gavin Yamey, you make it fun.