Vision: Academic excellence to meet the global health challenges of today and tomorrow to achieve health equity worldwide.

The Duke Global Health Institute, established in 2006, brings knowledge from every corner of Duke University to bear on the most important global health issues of our time. DGHI was established as a University-wide institute to coordinate, support, and implement Duke’s interdisciplinary research, education, and service activities related to global health. DGHI is committed to developing and employing new models of education and research that engage international partners and find innovative solutions to global health challenges.


DGHI works to reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political, and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health leaders.


Our Director

Mike MersonMichael Merson is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute and the Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health at Duke University. He also serves as Vice Chancellor for Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Affairs and interim Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs. Prior to joining the Duke faculty in 2006, Merson served as the first dean of public health at Yale University School of Medicine and as director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale. He has also worked with the World Health Organization serving first as director of the Diarrheal Diseases Control and Acute Respiratory Control Programs and as executive director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS.



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Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research

The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR) is a leader in public health and policy-related research focused on health disparities. Its mission is to conduct research, disseminate findings from this research to policy makers, and provide educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in health policy. CHPIR is part of the Duke Global Health Institute, joining us in our work to reduce health disparities in the US and around the globe. Recognizing that local is global, the partnership greatly enhances Duke’s impact to educate leaders and find solutions to the great challenges of today and tomorrow.