- 70Number of countries where our faculty are working
The University of Michigan School of Public Health has a deep commitment to and rich
experience in global health research, education, practice, and delivery. Our faculty
have a long history of working successfully around the globe on high impact public
health projects in close collaboration with a wide array of international partners.
The U-M SPH Office of Global Public Health is charged with institutional responsibility for providing broad support to our faculty,
students, and international collaborators in fostering global health research, facilitating
international internship development and placement, hosting international visiting
scholars, ensuring provision of training and education in other countries, and in
encouraging collaboration across U-M and with peer institutions while also identifying
new opportunities to address global health challenges.
- 85Number of global public health faculty in the school
The core principles that guide U-M SPH educational, research, and practice activities
in global health are:
- Transparent and co-equal partnerships with collaborating institutions in other nations with a special focus on working
with low and middle income countries (LMICs);
- A commitment to international capacity building to develop critical public health infrastructure while also helping to create the
next generation of leaders in global public health;
- Use of highly interdisciplinary approaches to complex global health challenges that are needed to develop successful and sustainable
solutions to the most pressing health issues of our day;
- Global community engagement working directly with people and communities in other countries through mutually
beneficial relationships based on trust and open communications to develop an action
agenda grounded in the needs of the community.
These core principles guide the work of our school, our faculty, and our students
in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Europe as we
look to build and improve public health in all corners of the globe.
Matthew L. Boulton is the Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health and Director, Office of Global
Laura Rozek is Associate Director, Office of Global Public Health.
Global Public Health Stories
Findings: Cultural Humility
- In working with diverse groups of people, public health practitioners should be aware
that notions of health and disease differ across cultures, and that to do effective
cross-cultural work they must understand those differences, says SPH Professor Gary
Findings: Where We Connect
- Point to almost any area of the globe, and someone from the
U-M SPH community is working to improve health and expand
access to care. Here’s a (very partial) glimpse.
Margaret Traeger, Health Behavior and Health Education, Mongolia
- "This internship has directed me to use my degree to improve population health through
nutritional and behavioral interventions. I would also like to get my PhD in a Public
Health field, and then teach what I have learned, and will learn, to teach future
Public Health students. Without this funding, I wouldn’t have been able to complete
my internship successfully, and I am incredibly grateful for that."
Findings: A Global Stage
- For two SPH graduates, Charles Samenow, MD, MPH ’03, and Erika Willacy, MPH ’04, theater
holds a key to health.
Findings: Into the Field
- When Kevin Kamis participated in a U-M SPH program in Texas, he was struck by how
those who successfully settle along the U.S./Mexico border still have difficulty gaining
access to healthy food. The field experience, where he surveyed individuals at food
banks, reinforced his desire to pursue public health.
Faculty Spotlight: Gary Harper
- Dr. Harper's research and community work have focused on the health promotion needs
of adolescents who experience varying degrees of oppression and marginalization, especially
gay/bisexual male youth and youth of color, with a focus on giving voice to the social
justice needs of young people both in the U.S. and in Kenya.
- Increasingly, public health work requires travel—and travel requires stamina. "As
many more countries have developed expertise in delivering public health programs,"
says Chinyere Neale, program manager for the SPH Office of Global Public Health, "fewer
of our graduates will have jobs where they live abroad. More often, their jobs will
require them to fly in a couple times a year to provide very specific technical support
or engage with partners at the start-up or assessment phase of an initiative."
Findings: SPH Partners with Thailand
- In June, SPH Dean Martin Philbert, together with Laura Rozek, associate professor
of environmental sciences and associate director of the SPH Office of Global Public
Health, led a delegation to Thailand where they presented a two-day workshop with
faculty from Thailand's Prince of Songla University (PSU), addressing tobacco policy,
population health, and cancer. Following the symposium, Philbert signed a Memorandum
of Understanding with Chusak Limsakul, PSU president and dean of the faculty of medicine,
formalizing ties between the two institutions.
Findings: Global Partnerships
- SPH signs MOUs with partners in India, Israel.
Findings: My Space
- “I’m at Michigan for big reasons. My U-M SPH education will allow me to make real
changes where they’re needed. My ultimate plan is to go back to Ethiopia—where there
is a huge need for public health—and do health education and health behavior work
in water sanitation, HIV/AIDS prevention, and maternal and child health."
--Ali Omar, MPH ‘14, HBHE