About Global Health


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Mission and Goals

The mission of the University of Massachusetts Institute for Global Health is to protect and promote the health of people across the globe. The IGH will serve as a catalyst for raising awareness of global health problems among the UMass community and initiating large-scale multi-disciplinary programs of research and education to address global health challenges.


Major challenges for global health, both now and in the future are the constantly changing geopolitics and climate change, resulting in increasingly severe weather events, depletion of food and natural resources, human migration, spread and changing distribution of infectious diseases (their virulence and antimicrobial resistance), chronic disease and conflict.

IGH Leadership Team

  • Krishna Poudel, Director of IGH, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Policy
  • Jennie Ward-Robinson, Director of Global Health Partnerships of IGH - President and CEO of the Alliance for Global Health Innovation
  • Kenneth Mundt, Associate Director for Institutional Engagement of IGH - Senior Principal Health Scientist at Cardno ChemRisk


The vision for the Institute for Global Health is to create a space for student and faculty engagement in the global health discourse, and to support interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges, through both education and research.

For further information please contact:

Krishna Poudel
Director, Institute for Global Health
Associate Professor
Health Promotion and Policy
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts