“One thing that became clear to me while at Duke was how being a physician and researcher can be well-aligned with a focus in global health,” said Rifat Rahman, a 2016 alumnus and Benjamin N. Duke Scholar from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Rahman, who majored in biology and minored in global health and chemistry, is now a Hart Fellow working with a community health initiative in Thailand.
Thirteen DGHI-affiliated authors—including faculty, staff and alumni—recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
The Duke Global Health Institute is seeking a Director to provide visionary and strategic leadership, support and strengthen the Institute’s research and teaching programs, and continue to raise the national and global profile of DGHI.
2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Duke Global Health Institute's Student Research Training (SRT) Program, and our new multimedia story showcases this program through photos and reflections from our students, professors and international partners. Through this program, 110 undergraduate students have completed global health fieldwork in 11 countries on 3 continents.
The global health capstone course encourages senior global health majors to research a global health problem, consult with experts in the field and design a practical solution. The course aims to give students an opportunity to use skills they learned in their previous coursework to develop real-world global health solutions they’re passionate about.
Craig Brater, a doctor and two-time Duke alumnus, believes that medicine is a calling—not a business—and that giving doctors the opportunity to practice medicine in underserved settings reinforces the altruistic spirit of the health professions. He and his wife, Stephanie, recently established the Brater Family Global Health Fund to support experiential learning and international research for third-year medical students, residents and fellows pursuing global health at Duke University.
This past summer, a Bass Connections in Global Health team led by William Pan, assistant professor of global environmental health, worked in two areas of northwest Peru to answer the major questions of how humans and the environment interact and how those interactions influence health outcomes. Our new multimedia web story showcases the team in action through video, photos, team member profiles and more.
Lima, Peru was added as DGHI’s twelfth Priority Partnership Location in 2016, and our work there continues to flourish.
Cervical cancer, a common cause of cancer-related deaths in low and middle income countries, is easily treated if detected early. But there are many barriers to screening and treating women, including limited access to clinics, shortage of pathologists and lack of equipment such as colposcopes.