The Dramatic Expansion of University Engagement in Global Health

Implications for U.S. Policy

Global health is experiencing an unprecedented and palpable surge of attention and growth on universities campuses across the United States. Curricula, programs, centers, departments, and institutes of global health are being established as either free-standing entities or within schools of medicine and public health at major universities. In direct response to this growth and the need for academic stewardship, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) was formed in 2008 to promote, facilitate and enhance the growth of global health as an academic field of study. This country-wide growth creates a new constituency and voice for global health in this country and for the new Obama administration.

Michael H. Merson

Kimberly Chapman Page