About International Health
Department Chair: Dr. David Peters
The Department of International Health is committed to helping the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people improve their health and well-being. We focus on diseases, disabilities, malnutrition, and the social, economic, biological, and environmental conditions that affect communities around the world. Whether the problem is defined by illness, ability, economic or social status, gender, age, race, religion, political affiliation, or sexual orientation, we work with partners around the world to identify, test, and implement technologies, practices, and policies to protect health and save lives.
To improve the health, nutrition, and well-being of the world’s most disadvantaged people by being a global leader and partner in the application of cutting-edge science, responsive and innovative public health practice, educational programs, and focused capacity building.
Social Justice. Our faculty, students, staff, and alumni are global citizens, committed to social justice and improving health equity for all people wherever they live.
Multidisciplinary and Interprofessional Collaboration. Our leadership in public health extends from theory to practice and is achieved through integrated and transdisciplinary approaches to research, education, capacity building, policymaking, and program implementation.
Local and Global Engagement. We work directly and collaboratively with communities, scientists, public health practitioners, and policymakers around the world to understand their needs and support change that directly addresses them.
Impact. We seek to produce measurable results on people’s lives, especially the poor, through programs, policies, and practices that are adapted, scaled, and sustained effectively.