UC San Diego’s Global Health Institute Awards Faculty and Students for Global Health Research

The multi-disciplinary University of California, San Diego’s Global Health Institute (GHI), headed by Steffanie Strathdee, PhD., Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at UCSD’s School of Medicine, and Institute Co-Directors Dr. Thomas Csordas, Director of the Global Health Program, and Dr. Joshua Graff Zivin, Associate Dean of the School of Global Policy and Strategy, has awarded over $200K for 20 grant funds to 5 faculty and 3 international PIs, 4 undergraduates, 3 graduates, and 10 pre- and postdocs across various campus departments, and involving over 10 different countries.

These grants will enable UC San Diego to strengthen the international component of many of our research and training programs. It is among our highest priorities to continue to mentor, support, and enhance these international institutional relationships.

“We have become more globalized as a society,” Strathdee added. “We are in a unique position that requires we train the next generation of researchers, policy makers and health-care providers able to respond to complex health problems in developing countries.”

UC San Diego developed the first global health degree major and minor program for B.A. undergraduates and PhD graduate students in the UC system, and a dedicated School of Medicine Global Health track, these among the first in the country. UC San Diego also offers a joint doctoral program with San Diego State University in public health with a concentration in global health.

Global health activities funded for the grant cycle include international field experience for students, internships, global health conferences, and seed funding for research projects and flagship sites in developing country settings for medical students and faculty.