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 will work in Honduras, India, Kenya, 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.

“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


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


Lysa MacKeen, Assistant Director of Experiential Learning


October 2, 2018

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How to Apply

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.


  1. Choose a project location that interests you (2018 project locations coming soon!)
  2. Complete the 2018-2019 Application
  3. Send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to (Subject line: SRT Application)
  4. Deadline: October 2, 2018



Project Locations


Health and well-being of informal, small-scale gold miners in Amansie West District, Ghana

Gold plays an integral part in Ghana’s social and economic history and currently accounts for a third of Ghana’s overall export revenue. Increasingly, gold extraction is transitioning from large mining operations to small, often illegal, small-scale mining ventures. While small-scale mining has the potential to directly improve households’ livelihood, particularly in rural impoverished areas, it also poses serious health risks to both the miners and the surrounding communities.



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

Faculty: Ariely, Sumedha Topics: Child health

As explained by Dr, Kiran Modi, Managing Trustee of Udayan Care, "Udayan" is a Sanskrit word meaning "Eternal Sunshine". Udayan Care aims to bring support and hope into the lives of underserved sections of society that require intervention. Registered in 1994 as a Public Charitable Trust, Udayan Care works to empower vulnerable children, women and youth, in 19 cities across 11 states of India.



United States

Bull City Fit

Reducing Childhood Obesity; Improving Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Social Support for Families through Community-based Partnerships

Faculty: Armstrong, Sarah Topics: Child health

Children with obesity are at risk for chronic disease. Lifestyle modification is the mainstay of therapy, yet is very challenging to achieve, particularly for families in low-resource settings. Partnerships between clinical and community organizations have the potential to recognize children at risk and provide both high-quality medical care and family-based physical activity and nutrition. Bull City Fit, a local partnership between Duke Children’s and Durham Parks and Recreation, has been operating since 2012.

United States


TROSA is an award-winning, innovative, multi-year licensed residential program that provides comprehensive recovery services for men and women with substance use disorders. TROSA serves an extremely vulnerable population who have faced multiple barriers to success - nearly 90% have no health insurance and do not have stable housing; over 80% have been incarcerated; a quarter do not have a high school diploma.