Most middle school leadership programs don’t culminate with a trip to Uganda. But when DGHI professor Michael Haglund conceptualized a leadership initiative for eight middle school boys at the Durham Nativity School, taking them on a trip to the country where he’s realized his global health passion just made sense to him.
After completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil in 2014, Adriana Lein knew she wanted a master’s program that incorporated fieldwork. The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) program was a perfect fit for her to continue fieldwork and conduct research with faculty.
Junior global health major Hope Arcuri came to Duke before she knew she was interested in global health. Drawn to Duke’s public policy program, Arcuri soon realized she wanted to delve deeper into the ways in which policy could impact poverty and health.
Four Duke doctoral students have been selected to join the Global Health Doctoral Scholars program at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), bringing the current cohort total to 15 scholars.
The second annual Duke Global Health Film Festival (DGHFF) kicked off on February 17, with “Yawar Mallku (Blood of the Condor),” by Bolivian filmmaker Jorge Sanjinés, and will continue from February 27 to March 5. The films—some documentary, some fictional—all center around women’s health throughout the Americas, focusing on topics ranging from Zika to migrant health.
“I wanted the opportunity to learn more about health care and health systems in different countries,” said Titus Ng’eno, a Master of Science in Global Health candidate, of his decision to come to Duke.
Nearly half of all people in low and middle income countries don’t have affordable access to medicines that could save their life. This statistic is one of the driving forces behind the work that Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) does around the world.
In summer 2016, a Duke-led student research team traveled to a small village in northeast Madagascar to investigate the effect of traditional cooking practices on human respiratory health, air quality, biodiversity and agriculture. Their goal? To work with the local community to produce sustainable data-driven solutions to foster the health of the people of Mandena and their natural environment.
“One thing that became clear to me while at Duke was how being a physician and researcher can be well-aligned with a focus in global health,” said Rifat Rahman, a 2016 alumnus and Benjamin N. Duke Scholar from Fayetteville, North Carolina. Rahman, who majored in biology and minored in global health and chemistry, is now a Hart Fellow working with a community health initiative in Thailand.
2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Duke Global Health Institute's Student Research Training (SRT) Program, and our new multimedia story showcases this program through photos and reflections from our students, professors and international partners. Through this program, 110 undergraduate students have completed global health fieldwork in 11 countries on 3 continents.