Advisory Board

Jeff Koplan Emory Global Health Institute

Rebecca Martin Vice President for Global Health

Jacquelyn O'Banion Ophthalmology

Parminder Suchdev Pediatrics; Division of Global Health Protection, CDC

Maria Aaron Ophthalmology


Global Health

Atlanta is a global health crossroads for the world, home to the CDC, Task Force for Global Health, Carter Center, CARE International, as well as Emory University and its academic partners. Global health is a strategic priority at Emory, and the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI), founded in 2006 as part of the University’s strategic plan to develop a strong academic infrastructure in global health, has led the establishment of numerous successful education and research programs.

In partnership with EGHI and Department Chairs, a global health strategic plan was developed for the School of Medicine (SOM) in 2011. Global health activities in the SOM include clinical outreach, research partnerships, and global health training/education. These initiatives are supported through Departmental budgets, philanthropic gifts, grants, and in-kind contributions from motivated faculty. Amplified investments in global health that prioritize racial, gender, and health equity; reciprocal and bidirectional partnerships; evidence-based decision making; and effective health communication are needed for an improved post-pandemic world.

In 2020, EGHI convened a GH@SOM working group composed of 27 faculty, trainees and staff across the SOM who developed a proposal to establish a centralized global health office in the SOM and implement a coordinated strategy for global health for Emory Medicine. The Emory SOM Global Health Office was launched in September 2021.

Global Health Faculty Quick Stats

20 Departments

Global health faculty work across 20 of 27 School of Medicine departments

181 Faculty

Working in the School of Medicine focused on global health research, education, or clinical care

780 Publications

Total number of publications authored by School of Medicine global health faculty to date

$17.2 Million

Total external and internal funding supporting work in global health

Global Health Education

Global Health Overview by Education and Engagement Track

The GLOBE curriculum is a 2-year comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum on global health themes, launched in 2021. It brings together residents and fellows from across the institution to discuss global health topics, and then work together on a project to address a global health challenge. We are currently recruiting for the inaugural class.

Clinical Perspectives in Global Health Course

Launched in 2017 by the School of Medicine and Emory Global Health Institute under the leadership of Dr. Parmi Suchdev, the Clinical Perspectives in Global Health elective aims to introduce concepts of global health to interprofessional students during their pre-clinical years through didactic sessions, skills workshops, and relevant clinical experiences. The course currently includes second-year medical students, nursing students, and senior Emory undergraduates minoring in global health.

Global Health Residency Scholars Program

The Emory University School of Medicine Emory Global Health Residency Scholars Program (GHRSP), established in 2012, includes a year-long curriculum consisting of monthly lectures, seminars, and discussions, and a one-month clinical education and teaching rotation in Ethiopia. The program aims to provide residents and fellows from clinical departments with knowledge and practical experience in global health by building on the ongoing collaborations between Emory and Ethiopian institutions, in particular Addis Ababa University (AAU) and its main teaching hospital, Black Lion Hospital. Rotations in Ethiopia are structured to provide Emory residents and fellows with learning opportunities as well as opportunities to "give back" and provide education and teaching to residents, medical students and other trainees at AAU. To culminate the program, Emory Global Health Residency Scholars make short presentations about their work and experiences.

View GHRSP Call for Applications for the academic year 2023-24

Meet Global Health Faculty

Meet a few of the long list of School of Medicine faculty focused on global health and research. They're experienced clinicians passionate about improving the lives of their patients and providing care that cuts across socioeconomic lines and international borders. They're working to change the way medicine is practiced around the world by teaching the next generation of physicians to be bold, compassionate leaders.

Making News in Global Health

The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program have appointed psychiatric mental health nurse educator and researcher Aparna Kumar, PhD, MPH, CRNP, to a joint faculty position focused on enhancing global mental health nursing and workforce development.

Structural biologist Christine Dunham and colleagues are opening a new path to combat antibiotic resistance. They are investigating a suite of molecules that block the ability of bacteria to synthesize proteins without affecting human cells.

As the cold and flu season approaches, and COVID-19 continues to be present in the community, Emory health experts explain how to stay safe through important reminders about testing, vaccines, awareness and information about the new COVID-19 variant.