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

Sun setting over a body of water with two boats.

This project aims to develop and pilot a culturally-tailored intervention to promote mental health and prevent intimate partner violence among adolescents in rural Muhuru Bay, Kenya. Read more about Addressing Adolescent Mental Health and Intimate Partner Violence in Muhuru Bay, Kenya (2023-2024) »


Bottles of alcohol on a shelf in a bar.

This project builds on the work of previous teams that created the Alcohol Use Behavioral Phenotyping Test (AUBPT), a virtual tool that uses games and tasks to assess the user’s risk of Alcohol Use Disorder. Read more about Alcohol Use Behavioral Phenotyping Test for Global Populations (2023-2024) »


Graphic of stylized flags of Nigeria and Uganda inside the outlines of their respective countries.

Duke students on this team will collaborate with stakeholders and policy-makers to develop culturally appropriate research plans and interventions to fill gaps identified in neurosurgical systems in Nigeria and Uganda. Read more about Building Sustainable Neurosurgical Systems in Developing Countries (2023-2024) »


Exterior scene of Shaoxing, China, at night.

This project aims to conduct a series of research investigations in order to identify and develop effective interventions and policies that will help increase awareness and close the cancer inequality gap in China. Read more about Improving Cancer Control Equity in China (2023-2024) »


Male doctor examining ankle and foot of a female patient.

The aim of this project is to characterize clinical details for return to the Emergency Department within 30 and 90 days after orthopaedic surgery, and to adjust clinical practice and discharge counseling in order to help combat this underlying racial disparity.  Read more about Racial Disparities in Emergency Department Return After Orthopaedic Surgery (2023-2024) »


Exterior view of entrance to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.

The long-term goal of this ongoing project is to develop a culturally appropriate protocol for rehabilitation practices in hospital TBI patient discharge processes in Uganda. Read more about Role of Physiotherapy in Ugandan Neurosurgical Transitional Care (2023-2024) »


Box of leafy green vegetables.

This project team will support ongoing community-derived goals for the coordination of Durham’s food security organizations. Read more about Tracing the Roots of Nutrition Access, Implementation and Policy (2023-2024) »


Image created in part with graphics from communitycommons.org.

The aim of this project is to document the political and ethical situations of local healthcare providers as they attempt to provide women with the nationwide medical standard of care in light of the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Read more about Women's Reproductive Health Post-Roe (2023-2024) »


Global Health Courses

Gateway Courses

GLHLTH 101: Fundamentals of Global Health

Fall 2022
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 »


GLHLTH 101: Fundamentals of Global Health

Spring 2023
Instructor: Gavin Yamey

In this introduction to global health issues and challenges, students will develop an understanding of key concepts, tools, and frameworks essential for continued study in global health. Read more about Fundamentals of Global Health »


WRITING 101-02, 101-03: Preventing Pandemics

Spring 2023
Instructor: Miranda Welsh

Where are new outbreaks most likely to occur and why? What ecological, sociopolitical and cultural factors contribute to differences across locales in disease emergence, spread and our capacity to respond? How have our dominant understandings or narratives of disease shaped our response and... Read more about Preventing Pandemics »


WRITING 101-26, 101-30, 101-31: Preventing Pandemics

Fall 2022
Instructor: Miranda Welsh

Where are new outbreaks most likely to occur and why? What ecological, sociopolitical and cultural factors contribute to differences across locales in disease emergence, spread and our capacity to respond? How have our dominant understandings or narratives of disease shaped our response and... Read more about Preventing Pandemics »


Other Undergraduate Courses

FRENCH 325S: Global Displacement: Voix Francophones

Fall 2022
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 215-01: Case Studies in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health

Fall 2022
Instructor: Megan Huchko

Through the examination of weekly case studies, students will explore the complexity of working in the field of global sexual and reproductive health and the ways in which various health and social science disciplines can be integrated in the development of effective health programs. Session topics... Read more about Case Studies in Global Sexual and Reproductive Health »


GLHLTH 230L: Women's Health and Technologies

Spring 2023
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 »


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

Fall 2022
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 2023
Instructor: Jonathan Dickinson Quick, Gavin Yamey

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 »


Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

EVANTH 590S-01: Evolution and Pandemics

Spring 2023
Instructor: Charlie Nunn

Infectious diseases commonly enter the human population from wild or domesticated animals (zoonoses). Some of these outbreaks exhaust quickly, while others blossom into global pandemics, as seen with the SARS coronavirus pandemic. This course will investigate the causes of pandemics from a science-... Read more about Evolution and Pandemics »


Graduate Courses

GLHLTH 750: Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries

Spring 2023
Instructor: Osondu Ogbuoji

In this course, students will analyze health systems in low and middle income countries through multiple lenses and apply their learning in a team project. Read more about Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries »


GLHLTH 755: Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action

Spring 2023
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 Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action »