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David Boyd

Hymowitz Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute

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David Boyd


Dr. Boyd is Associate Professor of the Practice at the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, and is an expert in global health, cross-cultural medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. Before joining Duke, he was the Associate Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University and taught courses in global health, public health, and social medicine. Dr. Boyd was the founding executive director of the Center for Health and Healing at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles where he focused on integrating complementary medical services into health care for low-income patients with chronic and terminal illnesses and engaged in hospital-based programs, community health outreach, and intervention for multiple ethnic and immigrant populations.

Trained in traditional Chinese medicine at the Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine in New York, Dr. Boyd also holds a BA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a PhD in medieval studies from Yale University and has completed postgraduate clinical training in China. Passionate about undergraduate education, Dr. Boyd focuses on the educational, service learning, and outreach components of the DGHI's programs and directs the new Student Research and Training site in the Guatemala Highlands. He has traveled and researched in over 60 different countries.


Title Number Level Semester Requirements Fulfilled
Global Health Challenges

Course introduces major global health problems and social, behavioral, economic, biomedical and environmental determinants of health in resource limited settings. Topics include communicable diseases i.e. HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and common childhood diseases; chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health; and determinants of health associated with these diseases, such as poverty, gender imbalance, culture, poor environmental sanitation, malnutrition, tobacco use, and climate change. Other topics may include health promotion, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and disaster preparedness.

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 310
GRAD Only FALL 2017 MSC: Core
PhD: Core
Global Health Capstone

Capstone Course for students in Global Health Certificate and the Global Health Major. Group analysis of a current global health problem/issue. Project involves background research, data acquisition, analysis, writing, and presentation of a substantial research paper/report at an advanced level. Consent of instructor required. Capstone Course for students in Global Health Certificate. Group analysis of a current global health problem/issue. Project involves background research, data acquisition, analysis, writing, and presentation of a substantial research paper/report at an advanced level. Consent of program director required.

Course Notes:
Course number was GLHLTH 255S prior to spring 2010. Course is no longer offered as a seminar.
Was: GLHLTH 255
UG/GRAD SPRING 2016 MAJOR: Senior Seminar


Recent Publications

Cai Y, Boyd D, Coeytaux R, Ostbye T, Wu B, Mao Z.(2015) Treatment of Chronic Conditions with Traditional Chinese Medicine: Findings from TCM hospitals in Hubei, China, Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 21(1): 40-45.

Culver, K. A., Whetten, K., Boyd, D. L., & O'Donnell, K. (2015). Yoga to Reduce Trauma-Related Distress and Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties Among Children Living in Orphanages in Haiti: A Pilot Study. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21(9), 539-545. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0017

Stanifer JW, Patel UD, Karia F, Thielman N, Maro V, Shimbi D, Boyd, D. (2015) The Determinants of Traditional Medicine Use in Northern Tanzania: A Mixed-Methods Study. PLoS ONE 10(4): e0122638. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122638

Gulack BC, Heydari S, Figueroa L, Tew S, Taicher BM, Ross SS, Boyd D, Rice HE. Ranking and rating analyses of barriers to surgical care for children in Guatemala. International Journal of Surgery Research and Practice, 2015 2:032.

Stanifer John, Lunyera Joseph, Boyd David, Karia Francis, Maro Venance, Omolo Justin, Patel Uptal. Traditional medicine practices among community members with chronic kidney disease in northern Tanzania: an ethnomedical survey. BMC Nephrology.2015, 16:170. DOI: 10.1186/s12882-015-0161-y

Boyd D and Baumgartner W, co-producers. Uneven Ground: Health Challenges of the Modern Maya. Baumgartner W, director. Float-on Films, 2013.

Freedman D, Bess K, Tucker H, Tuchman A, Wallston K, Boyd D. Public health literacy, defined. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009; 36: 446-50.