Global Health Interest Group (GHIG)

“I chose to attend Duke over other medical schools because of the global health opportunities. It is very important to me to be able to pursue this passion.”

– Anonymous Medical Student (2012 GHIG Survey)

Our group exists to address the ever-present and increasing desire of Duke medical students to involve themselves in global health. Involvement encompasses anything from learning about domestic health disparities to devoting one’s future practice to improving health on a worldwide scale. Although we are but a humble association of medical students, we sincerely hope other students feel free to approach our group leaders with any questions related to global health in general or specific activities and endeavors. If nothing more, please view us as a stepping stone to get into contact with well-informed and qualified individuals or groups. That being said, we believe that our resources and planned activities will prove both interesting and useful to Duke medical students.

The Global Health Interest Group exists to:

  • advocate for increased institutional support for global health activities including third-year research projects, international clerkship opportunities, and medical service trips
  • help current medical students find mentors and projects
  • liaise with the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and the School of Medicine administration to present student perspectives and increase funding
  • increase student interest and awareness of global health issues and opportunities