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


This project team will partner with IntraHealth’s digital health team to conduct landscape analysis on social media, contraceptive use and public health. Read more about Big Data for Reproductive Health (2020-2021) »

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This project team will define barriers to and resources for effective cardiovascular health care through patient story narratives and geospatial mapping. Read more about Closing the Gap on Health Disparity and Treatment Outcomes in Hypertension (2020-2021) »


This project aims to develop a series of risk-based decision scenarios of the settlement of Mars, which includes associated contexts, histories, decisions and outcomes. Read more about DECIPHER: Going to Mars - Science, Society and Sustainability (2020-2021) »


This project team will work alongside the Lancet Commissioners tasked with exploring the health economics of potential strategies to reduce hearing loss. Read more about Evaluating Strategies to Reduce the Global Burden of Hearing Loss (2020-2021) »

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This multiyear project team will help strengthen healthcare provider mastery of epilepsy treatment in Uganda through culturally sensitive and sustainable interventions. Read more about Healthcare Provider Education to Reduce Epilepsy Care Disparities in Uganda (2020-2021) »

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The project team will help address unmet social needs by leveraging student “Help Desk” volunteers who can build capacity in pediatric primary care, the emergency department and additional federally qualified health centers. Read more about Help Desk: Scaling Volunteer Models that Address Patients' Social Needs (2020-2021) »

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The project team will examine the health impacts of e-waste handling among pregnant women and their children and the broader environmental and global impacts of e-waste handling. Read more about Impacts of Maternal Exposure to E-waste on Birth Outcomes (2020-2021) »


Building on the work of previous teams, this project team will continue development of a low-cost and reusable laparoscope in order to move the prototype toward a viable commercial product. Read more about Increasing Access to Laparoscopic Surgery in Low-income Countries (2020-2021) »


This project team will examine how different communities and humanitarian actors in conflict-affected countries in the Middle East and North Africa are responding to the pandemic and expanding access to water and sanitation. Read more about Mapping WASH and COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa (2020-2021) »

The Global Health Student Research Training Program is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second- and third-year undergraduates in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based... Read more about Student Research Training Program (2020) »

Global Health Courses

Gateway Courses

GLHLTH 101D: Fundamentals of Global Health

Spring 2021
Instructor: David Boyd

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 2021
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 2020
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 2020
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 273S-01: Entrepreneurial Problem Solving in Global Health

Fall 2020
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 2021
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 373: Global Health Ethics in Research

Spring 2021
Instructor: Sumedha Ariely

This course introduces ethical and human rights concepts in Global Health and current issues in health ethics. Students will explore how to understand and engage in ethical health service, intervention, research and education. The course will require students to analyze and critique ethical choices... Read more about Global Health Ethics in Research »

Graduate Courses

GLHLTH 755: Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action

Spring 2021
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 »