Simple Public Health Intervention May Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

May 24, 2016

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.


Head of DGHI’s Master of Science in Global Health Program Steps Down

May 24, 2016

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-Doc Bonnie Kaiser’s Work Blends Anthropology, Epidemiology and Humanities

May 24, 2016

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.


DGHI Honors 34 Global Health Graduate Students at Commencement

May 17, 2016

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.

Global health majors Class of 2016

DGHI Celebrates Commencement for 61 Global Health Undergrads

May 17, 2016

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.


New Study Aims to Understand Causes of Fatal Febrile Illness

May 10, 2016

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.


DGHI Faculty Member Dabbles in Policy World through AAAS Fellowship

May 10, 2016

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.


Student Spotlight: Junior Tara Bansal Blends Passion and Policy to Empower Women

May 10, 2016

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. 


What Do You Get When You Cross “American Idol” with Global Health?

May 02, 2016

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.