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Gavin Yamey

Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy
Director, Center for Policy Impact in Global Health
Associate Director for Policy, Duke Global Health Institute
Director, Duke Geneva Global Health Fellowship
Gavin Yamey


Gavin Yamey MD, MPH, MA is the Director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health based in DGHI. The Center is an innovative policy lab that addresses critical challenges in financing and delivering global health.

He trained in clinical medicine at Oxford University and University College London, medical journalism and editing at the BMJ and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor at the BMJ, a founding Senior Editor of PLOS Medicine, and the Principal Investigator on a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting to examine the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

Dr. Yamey currently serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis. He previously served on two international health commissions, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He has been an External Advisor to the WHO and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Yamey has published extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and disparities in health and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio. He directs the Global Health Track in Duke's Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva.

Before joining Duke, Dr. Yamey led the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine.



Title Number Level
Global Health Policy
Crosslisted as PUBPOL 324

In-depth examination of how to close the gap between evidence and practical policy making as a way to improve global health. How global health policies are shaped; identifying key actors and their power; understanding/influencing the processes that drive large scale change in global health; exploring ways in which health issues reach the top of the agenda; analyzing how decisions are made by policy makers; implementing policies from the "top down" and "bottom up." The interplay between the different worlds of research and policy. Practical tools for becoming a policy broker, skilled in transforming evidence to action. Real world case studies. Case-based competition.

Course Notes:
UG Only
Health Systems in Developing Countries HEALTH SYSTEMS & POLICY IN GH (Lecture)

This course introduces students to key challenges faced in strengthening of health systems in low and middle income countries. The course will cover a diverse set of topics including an overview of organization of health systems, models of purchasing and providing health care, innovations in financing health care, and issues in service delivery such as quality of care and human resource challenges. Students will learn frameworks and methods employed in the evaluation of health systems. The course will also draw attention to resource allocation problems and various frameworks used to address them. The course will primarily rely on readings from a variety of health policy, economics and other social science journals.

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 340
Global Health Policy

In-depth inquiry on how to narrow the gap between global health evidence and practical action and policy making on the ground. Examination of the complex ways in which global health policies are formed, shaped, and implemented. How key actors in global health can be identified, and how their power and influence can be analyzed. The contextual factors and processes that affect policy making. Top-down, bottom-up and mixed approaches to actual implementation of global health policies. The relationship between researchers and policymakers. Theories, tools, and frameworks for becoming a "policy entrepreneur," able to bridge the research-to-policy divide. Case studies. Case-based competition. Instructor: Yamey

Course Notes:
Was: GLHLTH 5833


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