Sponsored by the School of Public Health, Global Public Health (GPH) is one of thirteen programs under the College Park Scholars living and learning community. GPH offers an interdisciplinary examination of the complex connections between health, culture, economic growth and development, and environmental sustainability. First and second year College Park Scholars students who participate in the GPH program gain an understanding of the conceptual and practical foundations of community health, explore global public health challenges, and consider ways to improve population health within diverse contexts. Dr. Elisabeth Fost Maring, director of Global Health Initiatives in the School of Public Health directs the GPH Scholars program. 

(From left to right) Nicole Grap, Hadjira Ishaq, Alejandra Morocho, and Breauuna Smith participate in the annual College Park Scholars Service Day by volunteering at A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, MD. Service is an integral part of the Scholars community.

GPH offers students interested in allied medical fields, public and community health and the social sciences opportunities to explore the linkages between their primary field of study and global health. GPH helps students translate their in-the-classroom and out-of-the-classroom experiences into academic and professional skills. Students interact with leading experts in the field of public health and attend field trips to agencies involved in global health, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Students gain contextual understanding through a capstone practicum, internship or research project, in which they examine their learning within the program and from their respective academic majors. Please visit the GPH website for more information.