Global Health Scholars

Global Health Scholars complete an interdisciplinary course of study that includes required and elective courses, field work, and independent research with faculty guidance. The required curriculum has been designed to address fundamental and applied economic, political, social, cultural, biological and scientific issues relevant to global health. Any substitutes for required courses must be approved by the Global Health Studies Program Director. 

Global Health Scholars are selected in the fall of their sophomore year, although in exceptional cases juniors may also be accepted. Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session about the Global Health Scholars program during early October.

In the summer after junior year, Scholars conduct their own independent global health fieldwork, for which they receive support in the form of coursework, designated funding, and advising on selection of their field projects from global health faculty. During their senior year, Scholars are expected to complete a major written product, which may be incorporated into their senior requirement after discussion with academic advisors and may be developed into a publication-worthy product.

Global Health Scholars conduct fieldwork related to a variety of health topics, including infectious disease, non-communicable disease, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, and neglected tropical diseases.  Following are a few examples of Scholars’ field experiences.

Risk Perceptions and Behaviors Related to the Transmission of Leptospirosis among Urban Slum Residents in Salvador, Brazil

During the summer of 2013, Josh spent three months researching sources of infection risk and risk perceptions in the underserved urban slums of Salvador, Brazil.

Patient and Provider Perspectives on Diabetes Prevention

This summer, I worked with a team of two other undergraduates to conduct a mixed-methods study to assess (1) knowledge and attitudes toward type 2 diabetes and (2) perceived barriers to diabetes prevention among healthcare providers and Hispanic female patients of reproductive age in a high-risk population in New Haven.

Studying Factors contributing to Malnutrition in an Urban Slum of Dhaka, Bangladesh

During the summer of 2013 I worked as a research intern in the Center for Nutrition and Food Security at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). I completed statistical analysis of demographic, socioeconomic and anthropometric data collected from subjects living in an urban slum in the Mirpur district of Dhaka city.

Program Director:
Kristina Talbert-Slagle








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