To promote an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.
- Mutual respect and human dignity
- Diversity and inclusion
- Administration: Support and facilitate the academic, research, and service goals in Global Health across the University campus
- Information: Provide pertinent information to the global health community of the University of Kentucky and prospective students and faculty
- Research: Establish research priorities based on unique strengths of our university and identify potential funding opportunities
- Education: Provide opportunities to learners of our university to engage in educational opportunities that focus on inter-professional education, service learning and social determinants of health
Over 50 years ago, the College of Medicine, under the auspices of the first Department of Community Medicine in the United States, initiated a unique international rotation for medical students, introducing the concept of the study of community health problems and solutions through the concept of a community diagnosis project. Other colleges developed global health experiences for their students in the following years, with the College of Public Health initiating a Global Health Certification program for professional and graduate students in 2010, and the College of Medicine creating a Global Health Track for medical students in 2011. The Shoulder-to-Shoulder program, built on a community relationship in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, was begun in 2007, and has grown into a major inter-professional experience for students from many parts of the University since its inception, with participation by almost 1000 learners to date.
In 2010, with the leadership of the Provost’s office, the Internationalization Task Force issued a White Paper on Internationalization, which explained the vision and rationale for the university, and explained how these concepts would benefit our students, the institution, the Commonwealth, and the nation. Global education and experiences were included as an important part of the University’s Strategic Plan.
The Global Health Initiatives program began in 2010, and the Provost appointed a Global Health Advisory Council with representatives from all of the health care colleges as well as other individuals.
Global Health Advisory Committee
The Global Health Advisory Committee (GHAC) is composed of a broad representation of faculty across the University community, with an aim of developing a Global Health strategic plan for the University, as well as coordinating educational opportunities and research initiatives.