The Institute for Global Health provides an opportunity for the UMass Amherst campus, the UMass System, IGH Partners and Collaborators and the broader community to engage in discussions focused on addressing global health challenges.  Multiple perspectives are necessary to inform solutions to global health problems that should include representation from every school and college on the UMass Amherst campus, and indeed the surrounding institutions and communities.

Hands under flowing water

The Professional Certificate for Health Trainers of Outreach Programs prepares students at the University of Notre Dame Hinche to become effective trainers in water quality, waste management and community health. The program offers training skills to prepare instructional leaders for community education, to support community discussion and engagement, and to promote the empowerment of women and girls in remote communities.

Team of local and international students scoping for air and noise monitoring sites in Accra neighborhoods

The Pathways to Equitable Healthy Cities project is an international consortium of researchers working in partnership with local policy makers to advance sustainable urban development that supports healthier lives for all.

Peltier Lab on Air Pollution

Air pollution is a global problem and causes more than 8 million early deaths per year. The majority of these deaths occur in the developing world, which also happens to be the location where we know the least about air quality.

Students Monika Roy (top right) and Jean Arnaud (bottom) visited Midwives for Haiti (MFH) in July 2017  to study their community outreach system for conducting cholera surveillance. Pictured from MFH are Marie Ange Louis (top left), a nurse and birthing assistant, and Val Josette Philomene (top middle), head nurse and birthing assistant.

Using comparative genomics, several studies provided circumstantial evidence that the infectious cholera strains originated in Nepal. However, multiple strains appear to have been involved, some of which may have been of local origin, which reflects the need to develop methodology for accurate strain identification in order to track sources of infection.

Krishna Poudel

By facilitating an exchange of ideas and collaborations, the IGH aims to address health disparities and inequities across the globe. As director of the IGH, I will work to strengthen our strategic partnerships both within the campus and outside, and to provide opportunities for students to explore multidisciplinary issues in global health through education and engagement in global health activities.

Krishna Poudel, Director of IGH, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Policy