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David Boyd

Hymowitz Family Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute
Trent 118
(919) 613-4499
David Boyd


Dr. Boyd is Professor of the Practice of Global Health at the Institute. He is an expert in global health, cross-cultural medicine, and indigenous health issues, and his work has focused primarily in Guatemala, China, and East Africa.  

Before joining Duke, Dr. Boyd was the Associate Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University and taught courses in global health, public health, and social medicine. He was also the founding executive director of the Center for Health and Healing at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Trained in traditional Chinese medicine at the Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine in New York, Dr. Boyd also holds a BA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a PhD in medieval studies from Yale University and has completed postgraduate clinical training in China.

He has traveled, worked, and researched in over 60 different countries.



Title Number Level
Global Health Challenges GLHLTH 701
Was: GLHLTH 310
Fundamentals of Global Health GLHLTH 101
UG Only


Recent Publications

Freedman, D. A., Bess, K. D., Tucker, H. A., Boyd, D. L., Tuchman, A. M., & Wallston, K. A. (2009). Public health literacy defined.. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(5), 446–451.

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