Global Health Initiative

Mission Statement

The Global Health Initiative is a multidisciplinary university-wide effort to reduce health inequalities among underserved populations locally and worldwide through education, research, service and development of partnerships.

Global Health in Education, Research and Service

The GHI is distinguished by an integrative, overarching approach to the fundamentally interrelated problems of health and development.  One key advantage of the GHI is its ability to bring together the  social, cultural, and human dimensions of global health problems and their biomedical and technological elements under a single umbrella. Building upon Brown's expertise in both population analysis and infectious disease intervention, the Initiative offers high impact education, research, and service opportunities for students and faculty, and addresses issues of capacity, infrastructure, environment, and health care delivery to reduce the burden of disease in impoverished communities.

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Brown Faculty in the News

Jonathan Kurtis, MD, PHDJonathan Kurtis, MD, PHDA team of researchers from Brown and the Lifespan Center for International Health Research (CIHR), led by Dr. Jonathan Kurtis, Director of CIHR and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown Medical School, published a paper in the May 23 edition of the journal Science on their research into a protein of key consequence for the course of malaria in children.  Click here for the full article.

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A Promising Protein Discovery in Malaria

May 22, 2014 NPR: Experimental Malaris Vaccine Blocks the Bad Guy's Exit

Milu Kojic, MDMilu Kojic, MD
Dr. Erna Milunka Kojic, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown, is the lead author of a new AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) study on the safety and immunogenicity of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in HIV infected women in Brazil, South Africa and the United States. This is the first study showing that the HPV vaccine is safe and can induce an immune response in this population.   Published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the study found that most women could make antibodies to the various strains of HPV in the Gardasil vaccine even if they had HIV for years prior to the vaccination.

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NY Times, April 21, 2014: Cancer Vaccine Proves Effective in H.I.V. Patients

HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine

HPV vaccination safe for HIV patients



Emily Harrison, MD, MPH: received Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Academy of Family PhysiciansEmily Harrison, MD, MPH: received Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Academy of Family PhysiciansAdam Levine, MD, MPH: was recently honored with the Global Emergency Medicine Academy's inaugural Humanitarian Service AwardAdam Levine, MD, MPH: was recently honored with the Global Emergency Medicine Academy's inaugural Humanitarian Service AwardEdsel Maurice T. Salvana, MD, DTM&H: was chosen as one of JCI International's Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012Edsel Maurice T. Salvana, MD, DTM&H: was chosen as one of JCI International's Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 2012