Our Institute

Committed to knowledge, discovery and partnership in pursuit of global health equity

Formed in 2006 as part of Duke University’s commitment to spark innovation in global health research and education, the institute brings together knowledge and resources from across the university to address the most important global health issues of our time.

Our Approach


We seek to achieve health equity for vulnerable groups and individuals around the world.


  1. Prepare global health leaders through world-leading interdisciplinary education
  2. Seek innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing global health challenges by conducting research, designing policies and implementing evidence-based interventions
  3. Partner for change by engaging international and local organizations in locally grounded, collaborative projects


  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to impact

Our Work


Research projects

Duke researchers led 270 global health-related research projects that received new or renewed funding totaling more than $75mil in 2020-21.

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DGHI faculty, staff and students are engaged in projects and partnerships in 33 countries across the globe.

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DGHI hosts education programs for undergraduate, master's degree, medical and doctoral students from a broad range of disciplines.

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Our Impact Report

Each year our annual report highlights DGHI's research, education and partnership around the world. View the 2020-21 Report, Crossing Boundaries now.

Crossing Boundaries - Annual Report

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Our Strategy

DGHI’s current strategic plan, “Maximizing Global Health Impact,” grows from our commitment to impact across all our missions. Adopted in spring 2019, this plan articulates five overarching goals, which together will help DGHI continue to enhance its core strengths and deliver value to Duke.