DGHI has developed a dynamic research agenda that reflects the changing global burden of disease and catalyzes interdisciplinary and innovative work among investigators across Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and DGHI’s international partners.

DGHI faculty are leading more than 214 active research projects related to global health, with total extramural funding of more than $61 million. The Institute’s research agenda transcends traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries and our faculty work collaboratively to leverage and build upon the University’s existing strengths and institutional priorities.

Catalyzing and conducting innovative research that responds to the changing global burden of disease and influences policy.


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Research is about experimenting—figuring out what’s been done, what’s most likely to work, and then trying it, improving it and trying again. The process is stepwise and slow, but it’s exciting to be part of developing and testing new ideas, new approaches that could take us in the right direction in supporting people in the poorest parts of the world to prevent disease and improve mental health in their communities. Eve Puffer, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience and Global Health