On the leading edge of health innovation and technological change

DGHI's collaborations in India have focused on health policy and systems, innovation, and health impacts of energy use and the environment. Recent research projects have explored financing for health innovation, care for chronic diseases and mental health, and the impact of policies on maternal and child health. There have also been numerous projects looking at health impacts of technological change, such as adoption of cookstoves and new sanitation systems. 

In addition to offering a wide range of projects that support fieldwork studies, DGHI has a longstanding connection with Udayan Care, whose mission is to bring support to underserved sections of society. For years, Duke undergraduate students have had opportunities to work alongside Udayan care staff to address physical and mental health support areas and outcomes for children in residential care programs in India.

In 2017, Duke launched an office in Bangalore to support current and future collaborations within the country, which continues to expand DGHI's ability to initiate research and educational projects. 

Key Faculty


  • RTI
  • Ashoka University
  • George Institute
  • Udayan Care
  • Jamkhed Comprehensive Rural Health Project
  • Sambodhi Research and Communications
  • Tata Medical Center
  • Public Health Foundation of India
  • COHESIVE India
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • Sahara Aalhad Care Home
  • SNEHA Mumbai
  • NITI Aayog in Delhi 

Duke Entities

DGHI centers:

  • Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research
  • Global Health Innovation Center
  • DGHI Evidence Lab


  • Divinity School
  • Fuqua School of Business
  • Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Pratt School of Engineering
  • Sanford School of Public Policy
  • School of Medicine (Community and Family Medicine, Psychiatry)
  • Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Sociology)

Other units:

  • Global Education Office
  • Duke India Initiative
  • Duke in India Office
  • Office of Global Affairs
  • Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • Duke SEAD
  • Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Duke-Margolis Center for Health Innovations
  • Duke Center for International Development

Research News

Duke's Community-Based Toilet System Begins Testing in India

Researchers at Duke University have installed an experimental "reinvented toilet" at a textile mill in Coimbatore, India, to serve as a real-world testing site. The leaders of the new system hope that the trial will lead to commercialized solutions...

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