Global Health

Interdisciplinary Themes

Bass Connections projects, courses and summer programs are aligned with the following themes:

Led by the Duke Global Health Institute

The health of individuals and populations depends greatly on where and how people live in the world. Access to quality health care, information about disease prevention and the environmental impact on health vary widely around the world. Global stability depends on the reduction of these and other health disparities.

Bass Connections in Global Health supports students and faculty working to address health disparities worldwide – including in the U.S. – through an integrated suite of education programs and activities on campus and in the field. Recognizing that a sustained comprehension of global health can come only through immersive experiences and collaboration with community partners, Bass Connections in Global Health offers opportunities for students – undergraduate through doctoral – to participate in coursework, experiential learning and field projects to find solutions to local and international health disparities.

The Student Research Training summer program engages second- and third-year undergraduates in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based global health project.

Global Health Project Teams

Big Data logo.

This project aims to improve access to family planning by providing stakeholders with data and user-friendly digital tools to inform their advocacy and policymaking efforts. Read more about Big Data for Reproductive Health (2019-2020) »


This project will create emergency preparedness tools and algorithms using Medicaid claims data to identify individuals with electricity-dependent medical equipment or important refrigeration-sensitive medications. Read more about Developing Data Tools for Natural Disasters: Implementing Best Practices for Electricity-dependent Medicaid Enrollees (2019-2020) »

Help Desk model.

This project will expand and evaluate a “Help Desk” program at Lincoln Community Health Center, in which student volunteers are included in the process that connects patients to community-based resources. Read more about Help Desk: A Student Initiative to Help Address the Social Determinants of Health (2019-2020) »

Contaminated Soil, by Joey Rozier.

This project will produce the first soil lead maps in North Carolina to identify hotspots and guide management of construction. Read more about Mapping Legacy Lead in Urban Soils to Help Improve Children's Health (2019-2020) »

Duke engineering professor Nimmi Ramanujam and postdoc Jenna Mueller with Pocket Colposcope prototype (by Jared Lazarus)

This project will partner with three Duke-affiliated community clinics in low-income settings in North Carolina to assess barriers to acceptance and implementation of the Pocket Colposcope from both the patient and provider perspectives. Read more about Pocket Colposcope: Analysis of Bringing Elements of Referral Services to Community Care (2019-2020) »

Fogarty NIH 50th symposium cookstoves.

This project will develop an alkaline water electrolyzer and hydrogen storage system that can provide fuel for cooking and heating at a lower cost than using electricity. Read more about Providing Clean Fuel for the Developing World: Technology Is Not Enough (2019-2020) »

Marojejy National Park.

This project will investigate the links between biodiversity, infectious disease and human health in a rural community in Madagascar. Read more about Social-ecological Networks and Zoonotic Disease in Rural Madagascar (2019-2020) »

Hauling the net ashore, Philippines.

This project will seek to understand men’s involvement in family planning in the Philippines with a focus on existing barriers and facilitators. Read more about Understanding Men's Involvement in Family Planning Care in the Philippines (2019-2020) »

Global Health Courses

Gateway Courses

GLHLTH 101D: Fundamentals of Global Health

Spring 2020
Instructor: Sumedha Ariely

This course provides an introduction to global health issues and challenges. The focus is on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, health policy and actors and the challenges of global health interventions. Read more about Fundamentals of Global Health »

Other Undergraduate Courses

BME 230L: Women's Health and Technologies

Spring 2020
Instructor: Nimmi Ramanujam

This course will give students an opportunity to learn about global poverty and how it disproportionately affects women. Read more about Women's Health and Technologies »

FRENCH 325S: Global Displacement: Voix Francophones

Fall 2019
Instructor: Deborah Reisinger

This course explores the global migration and resettlement of Francophone refugees. Through historical, political and literary perspectives, students will examine the current state of refugees and asylum seekers in Western host societies, with a particular focus on Central African refugees in North... Read more about Global Displacement: Voix Francophones »

GLHLTH 203-01: History of Global Health

Spring 2020
Instructor: Margaret Humphreys

The course begins with the development of ancient medicine in Europe and China, and continues into the rise of biomedicine (e.g., laboratory science and microbiology) in the 19th and 20th centuries. Read more about History of Global Health »

GLHLTH 273S-01: Entrepreneurial Problem Solving in Global Health

Fall 2019
Instructor: Dennis Clements

Global health, both international and local, has a long way to go to support healthy lives. In this class, students will have the opportunity to gain understanding of how the Entrepreneurial method can help to improve health. Students will learn about the victories and the challenges, and in the... Read more about Entrepreneurial Problem Solving in Global Health »

GLHLTH 306: Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action

Spring 2020
Instructor: Jonathan Dickinson Quick, Osondu Ogbuoji

This course will provide an in-depth examination of how to close the gap between evidence and practical policymaking as a way to improve global health. Read more about Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action »

GLHLTH 341: Ethics of Infectious Disease Control

Fall 2019
Instructor: Kearsley Stewart

This course will examine of the role of ethical decision-making when controlling infectious disease epidemics. Read more about Ethics of Infectious Disease Control »

Graduate Courses

GLHLTH 750: Health Systems and Policy in Global Health

Spring 2020
Instructor: Gavin Yamey

This course will provide an in-depth inquiry on how to narrow the gap between global health evidence and practical action and policy making on the ground, with examination of the complex ways in which global health policies are formed, shaped and implemented. Read more about Health Systems and Policy in Global Health »