One definition of Global Health is “an area for study,Global health research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide.”*

The Department of Global Health seeks to promote an understanding of issues in health care and health equity both domestically and around the world.

How do we do this?

  • Creating, developing and facilitating international opportunities for students and faculty to learn about medicine and health care systems around the world.
  • Hosting international medical students and scholars in Des Moines.
  • Facilitating courses and providing programming to help students become ethical and globally-conscious health care providers
  • Offering research opportunities for students to hold distinguished internships at prestigious organizations such as the CDC, PAHO and USGCRP.

*Koplan JP, Bond TC, Merson MH, Reddy KS, Rodriguez MH, Sewankambo NK, et al. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet. 2009;373:1993–5