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

Madagascar from space.

This project team will examine the sustainability of the current livelihood strategies of forest frontier communities in Madagascar and develop strategies for transition toward sustainable lifestyles.  Read more about Biocultural Sustainability in Madagascar (2022-2023) »

Nigerian city.

This project team will assess the existing neurosurgical systems in Uganda and Nigeria, in relation to global standards.   Read more about Building Sustainable Neurosurgical Systems in Developing Countries (2022-2023) »

Tree with roots.

This project team will conduct a systematic and comprehensive adaptation of the evidence-based family therapy intervention, Coping Together, for distressed Latinx immigrant/refugee families. Read more about Coping Together: Reducing Mental Health Disparities for Latinx Families (2022-2023) »

Duke Kunshan University.

This project team will design and develop an interactive, participatory and evolving website that presents a comprehensive picture of cancer burden, disparities and practices in China to aid cancer prevention and control advocacy and research.  Read more about Digital Tools for Cancer Control Equity in China (2022-2023) »

Bar in Brazil.

This project team will investigate the differences among drinking behaviors based on constructs like reward valuation, relative reward efficacy and proportionate reinforcement due to alcohol. Read more about Gamifying Risk Identification for Alcohol Use Behaviors Across Countries and Cultures (2022-2023) »


This project team will to develop a mobile application that quickly and accurately estimates hemoglobin levels from patient nail bed images. Read more about Mobile Apps and Artificial Intelligence for Noninvasive Anemia Diagnosis (2022-2023) »

View of Lima, Peru.

This project team aims to translate a point-of-care ethanol ethyl cellulose (PEEC) therapy into the clinic for treatment of cervical cancer. Read more about Novel Therapies for Treating Cervical Cancer in Peru (2022-2023) »

Community health worker in Nepal.

This project team will upgrade and optimize a feature-phone-based (non-smartphone) program to include frontline health workers, in order to improve management of hypertension in rural Nepal. Read more about Optimizing a Community Health Program for Hypertension Control in Nepal (2022-2023) »

Duke Kunshan University.

This project team will advance cost-effectiveness analysis in public health by incorporating analysis techniques, abstraction languages and automation tools developed in mathematics and engineering for Markov models. Read more about Predictive Modeling for Decision-making in Public Health (2022-2023) »

Traffic in Kampala.

This project team aims to examine current and emerging post-hospital rehabilitation resources for traumatic brain injury (TBI) or new spinal cord injury (SCI) patients from stakeholder groups, and identify patient/caregiver barriers and facilitators to accessing these resources. Read more about Role of Physiotherapy in Ugandan Neurosurgical Transitional Care (2022-2023) »

Global Health Courses

Gateway Courses

GLHLTH 101D: Fundamentals of Global Health

Fall 2021
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 »

WRITING 101-01 & 02: Preventing Pandemics: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Preparedness

Spring 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: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Preparedness »

Other Undergraduate Courses

BME 230L: Women's Health and Technologies

Spring 2022
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 2021
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 2021
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 2021
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 2022
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 2021
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 »

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

EVANTH 590S-01: Evolutionary Medicine and Zoonotic Disease: Understanding Pandemics

Fall 2021
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 Evolutionary Medicine and Zoonotic Disease: Understanding Pandemics »

Graduate Courses

GLHLTH 755: Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action

Spring 2022
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 »