Welcome to the Center for Global Health

The Center for Global Health (CGH) is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to improving health and well-being through education, research and training, and service in partnership with communities in the United States and around the world. Because so many academic disciplines are needed to address the challenges of global health, CGH leverages the unique institutional strength of the University of Chicago to bring together faculty and students from different schools and programs on campus.


Latest News and Announcements

Community Health Case Competition

CGH sponsored the first annual case competition with leadership from the Chicago Health Solutions student group. The case competition gave students the opportunity to pitch innovative public health solutions to Chicago health professionals, government officials, health consultants, and community workers. This year’s case was focused on increasing access to healthy foods in the neighborhood of Englewood in regards to the Whole Foods slated to open in the area in 2016.

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Child Survival Workshop (Nepal, March 2015): The Impacts of Clean Cooking on Children’s Health

How much can clean cookstoves and fuels reduce incidence of pneumonia in children? Does using clean cooking technologies and fuels during pregnancy boost birth weights?

Held in Nepal during March 2015, the Child Survival Workshop (co-hosted by the United Nations Foundation Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Johns Hopkins University) provided experts with an opportunity to exchange lessons from the field and to take a first look at early results of ongoing research evaluating the child health benefits of clean cookstoves and fuels.

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Upcoming Events

Some upcoming events in Global Health. Be sure to check our Upcoming Events page for more information. 

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GlobeMed UChicago and partner ASPAT-Perú awarded CAD $112,000 grant to combat MDR TB in Peru

Read GlobeMed's Press Release from April 19th announcing the project and award below:

GlobeMed at the University of Chicago and partner ASPAT-Perú awarded CAD $112,000 to combat Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in Peru.

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Health & Human Rights Lecture: Wednesday, January 14th

Join us for a lecture/discussion on the health and human rights implications of sex work and human trafficking in India. Led by Kimberly Rhoten (UChicago Law and GPHAP '13). 

Wednesday, January 14th. 5-6:30pm. Kent Hall 120.

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Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade: Improving Cancer Outcomes for Patients of All Races and Ethnicities

Do check out the following article featuring the Center for Global Health's Associate Dean, Dr. Funmi Olopade, who is also a leading physician-scientist in the field of cancer genomics. Her other roles: fellow of the AACR Academy, the Walter L. Palmer distinguished service professor of medicine & human genetics, as well as the director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics. Dr. Olopade is using cancer genomics to improve cancer outcomes for all patients, no matter what their race or ethnicity or where they are in the world.

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WHO sets new benchmarks for indoor air quality.

Recently, the World Health Organization released new indoor air quality guidelines to reduce the negative consequences of household air pollution.

Conclusively linked to acute lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ischemic heart disease, stroke and other illnesses, household air pollution contributes to more than four million premature deaths each year.

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Delegate Dean Daehee Kang Visits from Seoul National University

The University of Chicago Welcomes: 

Dean Daehee Kang 
Seoul National University College of Medicine
Associate Dean for External Affairs, Joong Shin Park 
Director of Clinical Skill Training Center, Myoung-Don Oh 
Thursday, November 6, 2014 
2:00PM-5:45 PM 
The University of Chicago Medical Center, G-115C 

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November 14th, 2014: The University of Chicago Welcomes Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

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Upcoming Event (10/21/14): "Infection-Induced Immunoregulatory Circuits" - Dragana Jankovic

Department of Surgery presents "Infection-Induced Immunoregulatory Circuits," a seminar given by Dragana Jankovic, PhD (Associate Scientist, Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, Immunobiology Section, NIAID, NIH)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

12:00-1:00pm, KCBD 1103

Host: Rima McLeod rmcleod@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Dr. Olopade on the ethics and practical uses of experimental drugs in fighting Ebola

Our very own Dr. Sola Olopade coauthored an opinion piece, recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, as well as an article, recently published in Lancet, on the ethics and the practical use of experimental drugs in the case of Ebola.

Click here for the opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Click here for the article in Lancet

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Nigeria: Ebola has been contained

Last month, CGH's faculty--Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade and Dr. Christopher 'Sola Olopade--traveled to Nigeria, where they were able to see the Nigerian response towards Ebola firsthand. Nigeria has implemented strict measures to isolate the ill and track down further possible cases, as well as protect public spaces by taking customers' temperatures with infrared thermometers and utilizing sanitizing equipment. As a result, Nigeria's last case of Ebola was reported on September 8th, 2014.

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Health Equity Info Session This Sunday

Interested in getting involved in global health at the University of Chicago? Check out a joint info session this Sunday to learn more about several groups on campus through which you can get more involved in health equity and international development! See flyer below for more details.

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Don't Forget to Submit Photos for our Annual Photography Contest!

The deadline for our annual Global Health Photography Contest is this Friday, October 3rd! If you have stories and photos to share, please submit them to us by using the online form below and by e-mailing the CGH office at uofcglobalhealth@uchicago.edu. You could win gift card prizes - $100 for first prize and $50 for second prize - and all submissions will be displayed at our Global Health Research Symposium on Wednesday, October 15.

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Ebola: Key facts and insights from the field

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease has continued to wreak havoc in West Africa. In the past ten months, the outbreak has caused over 2,600 people according to WHO estimates.  Though the total number of ebola deaths (less than 5,000 since it’s discovery in 1976) pales in comparison to other diseases, this outbreak presents new challenges to health, humanitarian, economic and political structures. Given the high risk and high mortality of the outbreak, governments worldwide have pledged support to aid failing health systems. 

What we know: 

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Present your work at the Global Health Research Symposium and/or Photography Contest


Share your research, share your stories!

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Brown Bag Lunches Continue Today at Noon!

Our summer Brown Bag lunch series will continue this Friday at noon in the CGH conference room - Room G115C. Be sure to stop by to hear Dr. John Schneider, co-director of Pritzker's Global Health Scholars Track, talk about his work on infectious diseases.

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Update: Ebola Preparedness in Nigeria

Nigeria is the University of Chicago Center for Global Health’s host site for its Breast Cancer Study and its Household Air Pollution clinical trial. As a result, CGH has close ties with academic and medical centers across the country and is, therefore, closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak throughout West Africa. In the past several months, Ebola was most often found among rural villages in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

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American-Scandinavian Fellowship Opportunity

Interested in an international experience? Check out the American-Scandinavian Foundation's Fellowship program! ASF Fellows receive fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds. Over the past year, the ASF awarded nearly one million dollars to artists, social innovators, scientists and thought leaders striving to improve their knowledge and have a lasting impact on the lives of people the world.

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UChicago Doctor's Personal Ties to Ebola Outbreak

A University of Chicago doctor has worked in Liberia over the past few years, and shared her experience and her reflections on the current Ebola outbreak in an interview with ABC7.

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West African Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has worsened, claiming more victims in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. Today, the WHO announced that it will work towards drafting a $100m emergency response plan with the leaders of these nations. The WHO's response can be read in this article from the BBC. However, as noted in the BBC article mentioned above, Nigeria is taking appropriate measures, such as monitoring the temperature of incoming airline passengers, in order to prevent the spread or influx of the viral disease.

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How would you reinvent foreign aid?

How would you reinvent foreign aid? Share your ideas about the best way to deliver aid to people in need in the Global Development Network's essay contest this summer! Co-sponsored by the Gates Foundation, this contest aims to find up to twenty fresh ideas for how to allocate foreign and non-governmental aid in years to come. Check out this link for more details! 

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CSIS Internship Opportunity

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC is hiring research interns for their Global Health Policy Center over the fall semester. It is a paid internship and a great opportunity for recent graduates looking to dive into a career in global health. Check out this link to the application!  

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West African Ebola Outbreak is now a "Sub-Regional Crisis," says the WHO

The West African Ebola outbreak has spread into what the WHO calls a "sub-regional crisis," and is now "the deadliest and largest [ebola outbreak] since the virus was first detected in 1976." However, according to a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) press release, MSF is currently the only aid organization providing treatment and support to victims of the outbreak.

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Second Annual J.A. Atanda Lecture Held at the University of Chicago

On the evening of Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, a group of students, faculty, and other distinguished guests came together at the University of Chicago’s International House for the Second Annual J.A. Atanda Memorial Lecture.

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Dr. Aisha Sethi Gives Interview with the Carter Center

Aisha Sethi, MD, lent her expertise to the Voice of America in an interview about the Carter Center's efforts to eradicate river blindness, a neglected tropical disease. Dr. Sethi is an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Chicago Medical Center, an expert on common and complex skin-related diseases, and an active member of the Center for Global Health's faculty steering committee.

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Undergraduate Students Engage with Global Health in Paris Class

This winter, several undergraduate students traveled to the University of Chicago's Paris Center to participate in a study abroad program called Paris: Biology; Topics in Perception and Communication, from Biology to Global Health. A large component of this program was the recently pioneered Introduction to Global Health course, taught by Drs. Funmi and Sola Olopade (respectively the Director and Clinical Director of the CGH).

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The Center for Global Health visits the 2013 AORTIC Conference in South Africa!

AORTIC International Cancer Conference 2013:UChicago Center for Global Health Reporting from Durban, South Africa

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