Josh Rivenbark with Two Cambodian Partners

3 Questions with Doctoral Scholar Joshua Rivenbark

March 20, 2019

Joshua Rivenbark is the first Duke student to pursue a dual doctoral degree in medicine and public policy and the first medical student to participate in DGHI’s doctoral scholars program. We talked with him recently to learn more about his unchartered path, the connections he sees between medicine, public policy and global health, and his most memorable takeaways from the field.

Research Roundup

DGHI Research Roundup: January 2019

February 01, 2019

Thirty-one DGHI-affiliated authors—including faculty, staff and alumni—recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications. 


Largest Study of Orphaned and Separated Children: A Look Back and Ahead

October 23, 2017

In 2005, Kathryn Whetten, director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), and her colleagues set out to examine predictors of physical and emotional well-being, cognitive development, relationship outcomes and achievement outcomes for a cohort of more than 3,000 orphaned and separated children (OSC) living in five low-income countries (Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania). 

Orphanage Cots

Duke-UNC Study Finds Institutions Are No Less Safe for Orphans than Family Care

September 08, 2015

Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. This research challenges the commonly held perception that institutional care puts children at higher risk for experience of trauma than family-based care.


DGHI Hosts Successful Inaugural One Health Training Program

June 26, 2015

On May 14, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) launched a new three-week One Health training program led by Greg Gray, a professor at DGHI, Duke’s Division of Infectious Diseases and the Nicholas School of the Environment.


Study Finds Orphaned Boys Are as Vulnerable to Abuse as Girls

May 05, 2015

Orphaned children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face a high risk of trauma, with physical and sexual abuse being by far the most prevalent traumatic events. New research co-led by Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) professor Kathryn Whetten shows that orphaned boys in these settings are just as likely to experience abuse as girls.


DGHI Research Roundup: April 2015

May 05, 2015

Fourteen DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications in April.

children in Nagaland

Orphaned Children Can Do Just As Well In Institutions

August 27, 2014

The removal of institutions or group homes will not lead to better child well-being and could even worsen outcomes for some orphaned and separated children, according to new findings from a three-year study across five low- and middle-income countries.


New BMET Training Project to Begin in Nigeria

May 19, 2014

The Duke Developing World Healthcare Technologies Laboratory and Engineering World Health are collaborating with the GE Foundation to develop a new Biomedical Equipment Technician Training (BMET) project in Nigeria to address a need for locally-qualified medical technicians to repair and service biomedical equipment. It builds on the success of BMET programs already implemented in Rwanda, Ghana, Cambodia and Honduras.

female workers in asia

Female Migrant Domestic Workers Experience Poor Health, Work Conditions

July 31, 2013

Many women from developing countries who migrate to richer nations in Asia and other regions for jobs as domestic workers experience abuse, illness, mental health problems and limited access to medical care, an extensive new review of more than two decades of scientific studies confirms.