The Department of Global Health Systems and Development is dedicated to improving the health of populations worldwide through strengthening health systems, building stronger communities, and facilitating healthy behaviors in an increasingly globalized world. The faculty introduces and engages students to health systems and development in a global context with an emphasis on improving the factors that drive health outcomes, including social determinants and disparities. The academic program provides a comprehensive view of varying geographical and economic contexts, while advancing knowledge and improving managerial practice.
Students with a variety of professional interests will find a home in our department as the curriculum and applied learning opportunities emphasize both domestic and global frameworks. Our degree programs draw upon the multi-disciplinary expertise of our faculty, their extensive contacts in the research and practice communities, and their demonstrated commitment to student learning. The faculty exemplifies GHSD's global perspective, with a majority working in both domestic and international contexts.
The Department of Global Health Systems and Development offers the following degrees:
News and Announcements
GHSD Professor Mark VanLandingham awarded Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship
GHSD Professor Mark VanLandingham has been selected as a visiting scholar for the New York
City-based Russell Sage Foundation, a prestigious center devoted exclusively to social science research.
Starting in September, Prof. VanLandingham, the Thomas C. Keller professor of Diversity, will spend a year at the Foundation writing a book based on his extensive research into the resiliency of the local Vietnamese community following Hurricane Katrina.
More information on Dr. VanLandingham's research and this plans for the fellowship can be found here.
Congratulations to Evan Cole, PhD
In June Evan Cole (now Dr. Evan Cole) received the Best Abstract award as the most outstanding research submitted for presentation in the Call for Papers in the Payment and Delivery System Innovations theme at the AcademyHealth annual meeting. The paper was titled "The Effect of Patient-Centered Medical Homes on Cost and Quality for a Medicaid Population" and was co-authored by GHSD faculty Claudia Campbell and Mark Diana, and Larry Webber of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Read Dr. Castro's latest publications
Health insurance for the poor decreases access to HIV testing in antenatal care: evidence of an unintended effect of health insurance reform in Colombia in Health Policy and Planning.
Measuring Coverage in MNCH: Validating Women's Self-Report of Emergency Cesarean Sections in Ghana and the Dominican Republic in PLOS ONE.
Dr. Diana appointed W.C. Tsai and P.T. Kung Professor in Health Systems Management
Congratulations to Mark Diana, PhD on his appointment to the Tsai-Kung Professorship. TUSPHTM Dean Pierre Buekens announced the appointment, stating, "Mark has been with the school for six years and in that time he has conducted several funded projects analyzing the impact of health information technology on health outcomes and health system functioning. With the creation of the Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Mark has expanded this research beyond the U.S. into Mexico, demonstrating his commitment to the globalization of the school, making him an ideal fit for a professorship funded by international donors."
Andrinopoulos, Hembling lead study in San Salvador
MSM and transgender women face unique challenges and health problems due to their sexual identity and orientation, and related stigma. USAID's Central American Regional HIV/AIDS Program asked MEASURE Evaluation to study health service utilization and HIV testing among these groups in San Salvador, El Salvador. Pictured here with their team are Dr. Katherine Andrinopoulos (2nd from the left, standing), who was the lead investigator and John Hembling (2nd from the right, standing), who was the activity lead and technical advisor. They found that to increase health service use, providers need to address social factors influencing disclosure of sexual orientation, provider aptitude in caring for MSM/TW clients, and internalized feelings of shame related to sexual orientation.
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