The Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) seeks to improve global health through education, research, and service from a population- based perspective.  The current landscape of global health is faced with a complex set of demographic patterns, disease burdens, and health policies, which create challenges and provide solutions that are inter-dependent across all societies.  The department’s approach to these problems combines the analysis of population and health using quantitative and qualitative methods, the investigation of policies that affect health, and a concern with the politics and ethics of health and development.

The department’s faculty members generate knowledge and ideas through research, strengthen technical and leadership skills through educational programs, and enhance national capacities through collaborative engagement, especially in low and middle-income countries.  In their examination of global health and population issues, faculty members draw on their disciplinary expertise and collaborate across such disciplines as biostatistics, demography, ecology, economics, epidemiology, ethics, law, medicine, political science, psychology, reproductive biology, and sociology.

GHP’s research interests are organized into three clusters: Global Health Systems; Population & Family Health; and Humanitarian Studies & Ethics.  These clusters span a wide spectrum of topics, including social and economic development, health policy, and demography; design and financing of health care systems; women’s and children’s health; global nutritional epidemiology and practice; prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases; program evaluation; and humanitarian assistance and ethics.  The department has a special concern with questions of health equity and human rights, particularly in relation to health and population issues in developing countries. Students come to the department with various backgrounds and with a wide range of career goals.  All have an interest in the health of disadvantaged populations worldwide.