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Global Health Program

The Global Health Program in the Department of Population Health seeks to tackle the world’s toughest global health challenges as part of Dell Medical School’s work to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy.

The practice of global health embodies the principles of population health, taking responsibility for the health of whole communities and working to prevent disease by addressing the social injustices at the root of health inequities. The mission of the Global Health Program is to leverage the trifold academic focus of service, education and research to improve health outcomes and promote health equity for poor and vulnerable populations globally.

Our team includes: Tim Mercer, director of global health; Laurie Young, director of special projects at the International Office at UT Austin; and Sarayu Adeni, global health program coordinator at Dell Med and the International Office.

Division Priorities

  • Work with international academic partners to build long-term, mutually beneficial, bilateral relationships that aim to strengthen local health systems to improve health for the poor. Current efforts include working with academic partners in Kenya and seeking a medical school partner in Mexico.
  • Translate global ideas into local solutions. The division is cultivating ways to engage a vibrant group of faculty who will work with our partners in host countries and make international efforts relevant to the Austin community.
  • Advance cross-campus collaborations. The International Office at The University of Texas at Austin is a key partner in creating opportunities for global health initiatives.
  • Train the next generation of global leaders. Faculty members train medical students, residents and graduate students to be leaders in global health delivery, research, education and policy.

Partnerships

  • AMPATH in Kenya: As a new member of the AMPATH Consortium, Dell Med participates in faculty, trainees and student exchanges to benefit research, care and education in both Eldoret, Kenya and Austin, Texas.
  • Collaborators in Mexico: Dell Med and the broader UT community are actively developing institutional partnerships in Mexico.
  • Central Texas Community: By enriching Dell Med’s human and institutional capacity at a global level and bringing it to local partners, Austin and statewide communities impact overall population health.

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