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Sumedha Ariely

Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Trent 211
(919) 681-7944
Sumi Ariely


Sumi Ariely serves as an Assistant Professor of the Practice in Global Health at Duke University and teaches the global health research methods and global health ethics course. Dr. Ariely holds a PhD in Psychology with a focus on cognitive development and culture. She has been active in applied and basic research in the past and has international experience with global and public health issues in a variety of contexts. Ariely lived in West-Africa for two years during which she worked on maternal and child health care and with communities at risk for HIV/AIDS exposure. As a developmental psychologist she is interested in the relations between cultural, social, and biological influences on development and health decisions and outcomes. Dr. Ariely has mentored a large variety of research and service projects in the US, Africa and Asia, and is involved in research examining the transition orphans and vulnerable children make from institutions to communities in Ethiopia.

Before coming to Duke, she was at MIT where she taught classes in developmental psychology, seminars on research and assessment, and served as advisor to MBA students interning as social entrepreneur consultants for local and international NGOs.


Title Number Level
Global Health Service, Research and Ethics

Introduces ethical and human rights concepts in Global Health and current issues in health ethics. Explores how to understand and engage in ethical health service, intervention, research and education. Requires students analyze and critique ethical choices of individuals, policy-makers and health workers. Explores standards of care, access to care, best outcomes vs. distributed justice. Focuses on ethics related to infectious diseases; obesity, alcohol and tobacco; and environmental health.

Course Notes:
UG Only
Research Methods in Global Health
Crosslisted as PSY 309

Introduction to research methods through examination of a variety of methodological techniques in behavioral and social sciences and relevant to multidisciplinary GH research. Problem-based approach to practice identifying GH questions of interest, ways to operationalize and test them, including strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Focus on discussing current GH issues, exploring questions and solutions, reading and evaluating published research and interpreting results. Skills include identification of global health problems, awareness of contextual, behavioral, and ethical issues involved, conceptualization of research questions, and designing a research study.

Course Notes:
For students who matriculated at Duke in Fall 2009 or later, this is the only Methods course approved for the GHC. Students who matriculated at Duke prior to Fall 2009 will have had other options to fulfill the GHC Methods requirement.
Was: GLHLTH 163
UG Only


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