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International Health

Why we are named the Department of International Health

Many still debate the precise meaning of international health and global health. Based on the current range of definitions, the Department could change its name to Global Health. We believe it is important not to.

Since its foundation almost 60 years ago, the Department has viewed international health as a complex mix of health problems, politics, economics, culture and environment. Our mission to work with the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to improve their health and well-being has remained constant. Our faculty, students, staff and alumni remain committed to social justice and improving health equity for all people wherever they live. 

To learn more, see False Distinctions Between International Health and Global Health a Global Health Now Exclusive by Dr. David Peters, November 2, 2017.