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The Global Health Initiative

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Our Mission

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) offers interdisciplinary opportunities for meaningful research, innovative education and experiential service to improve public health. Using theoretical and applied approaches, we tackle hard problems while fostering sustainable and equitable global partnerships.

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Vision and Goals

We aim to lead and support members of the University of Maryland community in pursuit of educational, research and real-world experiences to advance public health around the globe.

In the coming decade, the GHI will be recognized as a leading global health center, housed in a public university, promoting partnerships to address critical public health issues and advance innovative education and research. Members of the UMD community and beyond will come to the GHI for skill- and connection-building opportunities and training. The GHI distinguishes itself in its core values of promoting cultural competence and collaborative problem-solving.

Public Health Beyond Borders has been incredible. I've been able to lead groups of other students to deliver health education workshops abroad.

Darya Soltani, alumna of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland

GHI News

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Maryland Becomes “Peace Corps Prep” Partner Institution
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Children’s COVID-19 Knowledge Associated With Less or More Worry? Depends on Where You Live
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Two rows of children dressed in green school uniforms and wearing COVID-19 face coverings at the Abigail D. Butscher Primary School in Sierra Leone (Photo credit, M. Tholley.)
Listening to the Voices of Sub-Saharan African Children During COVID-19
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UMD Today News

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New Course Meets at Corner of Architecture and Economics

Students, Cuban Partners to Explore Havana’s Complicated Urban Landscape
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More Students Eligible for Latest Federal Pandemic Aid

International, DACA, Undocumented Students Can Apply for Help With Food, Rent, Health Care Expenses
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A COVID-19 patient gets oxygen support at a temporary clinic at a banquet hall in New Delhi, India.

UMD Leaders: We Stand With International Terps Affected by Global COVID Surge

Support Encouraged for Fellow Community Members, Aid Organizations
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