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public health, global health, data analysis, health disparities, social justice


Key Points:

  • Study health outcomes and disparities among populations

  • Identify associations between exposures and outcomes

  • Prioritize human rights and social justice



Detailed Description:

The Global Health & Human Rights stream examines global health issues through a human rights lens . Collectively, we believe health is a fundamental human right. We recognize disparities exist across the globe, including within the neighborhoods and communities in which we live. Exploring disparities in health behaviors and outcomes provides a pathway to improve global health, including the health of families and communities.


Students will gain exposure to a diverse range of public health research topics that identify, explain, and address some of the most pressing social determinants of health across the globe.


Key Points:

  • Identify at-risk populations

  • Inform public health policy

  • Prioritize health of future generations


Detailed Description:

Health is influenced by the environments in which we are born, live, work, and age. By identifying areas and populations that are at the greatest risk for poor health outcomes, we can inform public health policy to prioritize these areas/populations to achieve measurable change and improve global health, including the health of future generations.


Human rights and social justice are essential components of our framework; we believe everyone should have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.


Key Points:

  • Public health theories, models,  frameworks, and study designs

  • Cultural competency, critical consciousness, and ethnocentrism

  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods

  • Dissemination/sharing of research

Detailed Description:

Students in the Global Health & Human Rights stream will learn public health theories, models, frameworks, and study designs that guide public health research and practice.

Students will become familiar with  cultural competency, critical consciousness, and the importance of avoiding ethnocentrism in global health research.


The research will largely focus on quantitative data analyses using nationally-representative datasets, but there will also be opportunities for qualitative research.


Students will complete a certificate in Human Subjects Research Protection for Social and Behavioral Sciences (CITI training).

Students will disseminate their research in various forms, including data briefs, presentations, and reports.  

Potential areas of training include:

  • Stata: Statistical software for quantitative data analysis

  • Dedoose: Software for qualitative analysis 

  • Nationally-representative health datasets: Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) 

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