Global Health Seminar

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Global Health SeminarStudents gather for the global health seminar at the Anylan Center. 

The Global Health Seminar is a year-long, weekly elective course intended for students in the health professions to develop an understanding of key aspects of global health research and practice. The course features faculty from across the health professional schools and other global health experts from around the world. Its participatory and collaborative nature provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary dialogue. The goal of the course is for students to attain a good understanding of key issues upon which they may base future research, service, and clinical pursuits in the field of global health. The objectives of the course are for students to:

  • Analyze current global health challenges taking into consideration their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions
  • Evaluate and discuss responses to global health needs by integrating information provided by invited speakers and skills from this seminar as well as those from other courses taken at respective programs
  • Assess the global health governance infrastructure and understand the importance of international collaboration
  • Explain and propose solutions for addressing ethical challenges and issues of feasibility in implementing health interventions
  • Develop skills to collaborate with health professionals working in clinical medicine, nursing, and public health by engaging in a participatory learning environment with invited speakers and Yale faculty, staff, and students
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities of professional development, both in terms of potential pathways and essential values in global health

The Global Health Seminar is a requirement for students in the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and for students in the Certificate in the Science and Practice of Medicine in the Global Context at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM).  In addition to faculty advisors from the School of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Physician Associate Program, a program manager from YSPH supports the Seminar. 

Historically, the Global Health Seminar has also been led by strong student input and engagement and is supported by a student-leadership team representing all the health professional schools. The student leadership team forms annually in the fall from interested students who have participated in the course. This team is part of the Global Health Working Group (GHWG), a group of students from all the health professional schools.  The GHWG is composed of the Student Coordinator for Global Health (representing YSM’s Office of International Medical Student Education) and the student leadership groups for the Global Health Seminar and Topics in Global Medicine course. The GHWG meets several times per semester to coordinate the two courses.

The Global Health Seminar contains two components: thematic lectures and a module.  Over the course of the fall semester, lectures will focus on global health history and architecture and advocacy. The module will focus on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).  For each class, 1 - 2 readings will be posted on classes V2 prior to each session.  Students are encouraged to read the articles and articulate questions and ideas for class discussion.  After each session, students can learn more about the invited lecturer and their career path over an informal dinner.  The success of each session is dependent upon active participation and interaction. 
Modules are designed as a series of consecutive sessions, coordinated by a faculty member, that delve into a particular topic in greater detail.  These sessions require more engaged student participation and discussion and are meant to provide a more in-depth learning experience under the guidance of an expert in the field. 

Lecture Day/Time:     Mondays 5:30 – 7:00PM
Location:                    The Anlyan Center (TAC) Room N-107

Faculty Advisors
YSM: Gerald Friedland, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Director, AIDS Program

YSM: Tracy Rabin, M.D., Instructor, Internal Medicine

YSM: Sheela Shenoi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, AIDS

YSN: Patricia Ryan-Krause, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Director, School of Nursing

YSPH: Michael Skonieczny, M.A., Executive Director, Global Health Leadership Institute

PA: Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, PA Program

Program Manager
Anjuli Bodyk, Program Coordinator, Global Health Concentration (GHC) at YSPH


Global Health Seminar Student Leadership Group
Ikenna Achilihu, YSPH

Jennifer Grasso, YSPH

Nirupama Krishnamurthi, YSPH

Thomas Lazzarini, YSM

Rejoice Ngongoni, YSM

Ava Yap, YSM



  • The Seminar will start with an overview of global health history and current trends, including challenges over the next ten years.  This theme will also focus on highlighting diverse perspectives on global health from stakeholders including NGOs, multilateral organizations, and universities.

9/8      Global Health 501 in 60 Minutes or Less

    • Richard Skolnik: Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy) and in Management and Residential College Associate Fellow in Faculty of Arts and Sciences

9/15    From Kazan to Kampala: Building Human Capacity to Improve Health

    • Asghar Rastegar: Professor of Medicine; Director, Office of Global Health; Chief, Fitkin Firm YNHH

9/22    The Role of the World Bank in Global Health

    • Keith Hansen, Global Practices Vice President, World Bank Group

9/29    From the Frontlines: The Experience of Medicins Sans Frontieres

    • Unni Karanukara: Former International President, Medicins Sans Frontieres; Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Senior Fellow


  • Caused by a variety of parasites, bacteria, and other microbes and transmitted in various ways, neglected tropical diseases have one major trait in common: they affect mostly poor people, most often in the poorest countries. About 4.2 billion people are at risk of these diseases in 142 countries.  Through lectures and group discussion the module will focus on NTDs, including current efforts and future outlook.

10/6    The Ebola Virus: How Dangerous Is It?

    • Jamie Childs, Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Disease)
    • Global Health Opportunities Fair

10/13  Sleeping Sickness in Uganda

    • Serap Aksoy, Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Disease)

10/20  Emerging NTDs: Chikungunya

    • Durland Fish, Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Forestry and Environmental Studies

10/27  NTD Discussion

    • TBD


  • The Seminar will conclude on global health policy and advocacy, including the role of universities and NGOs in influencing policy.  The policy and advocacy theme will also include a session on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), its current focus and future vision. To commemorate World AIDS Day, the final session will look at a unique new partnership between Yale, the private sector, and the advocacy organization ONE.

11/3    Kids for World Health

    • TBD

11/10 The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

    • Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

11/17   Mining and Health in South Africa: The Global Health Justice Partnership

    • Gregg Gonsalves, Research Scholar in Law; Lecturer in Law; Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP)

12/1    Ghana – Yale Partnership for Global Health

    • Elijah Paintsil, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and of Pharmacology
    • Michael Cappello, Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Disease) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Director, Yale Program in International Child Health