Center for Public Health Sciences

Summer Institute in Global Health : Program Structure and Goals

By the conclusion of the Summer Institute, students will have a greater understanding of the impact globalization has on community health in India. All while gaining the unique educational experience of studying and conducting research in an international setting, through instructive and experiential learning.


Instructive Learning:

Seminars: Courses are conducted by Indian and American researchers and educators experienced in global health. Seminar experience includes:

  • Presentations on global health research methods.
  • Discussions about the unique research needed to understand the cultural and social challenges of health in India.
  • Interaction with high profile speakers in the healthcare and research field.

Experiential Learning:

Research Projects: Students work together to design potential global health research projects; in some cases, this leads to implementation, including data collection and analysis. Examples of past proposals/projects include:

  • Exploring the impact of terrorism on health, by using qualitative and quantitative interview methods.
  • Assessing diseases approaching epidemic proportions in India (such as Coronary Heart Disease, Diabetes Mellitus and Stroke), by identifying the psychosocial correlates of metabolic syndrome.
  • Developing a multicenter cross-sectional study of eating disorders among young women ages 13-21 in India.

Graduate students who go on to conduct these studies may have the opportunity to present their findings at a national or international meeting, and/or submit it for publication in a journal of their selection. If interested, students can work with program leaders to accomplish these goals.


"It is a perfect choice for students, health care professionals and aspiring researchers who are planning to accomplish a higher level of knowledge and experience in global health."

– Dr. Blesson, junior research fellow, ICMR
2013 Winter Institute student

"Not only did I learn about cross-cultural and global challenges in research, but I developed important connections that will hopefully continue to help our mutual career paths."

– Natasha
2013 Winter Institute participant

"A special aspect of this program was learning side-by-side with students and health professionals from India, who were amazingly warm and welcoming."

– Emily, Senior, Psychology major
2013 Winter Institute student
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