Making the university a transforming force in global health


University Leadership Support

Eight university presidents—from BU, Duke, Emory, Johns Hopkins, University of Washington, McGill University, Stanford University, and the University of California—released a joint statement in September 2009 urging the United States to use the resources of universities to respond to global health needs and support a new generation of global health workers. "Virtually the entire range of university expertise is now engaged in addressing the global disparities in health and development," the statement reads.

Five of the presidents who signed the statement participated in a panel session at the CUGH’s first annual meeting at the National Institutes of Health on September 14, 2009.

Government Support

Dr. Francis S. Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, has singled out global health as one of five areas he will focus on during his tenure. Collins spoke at the first annual meeting of the CUGH in September 2009, as did other government leaders, including Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, special advisor on health policy, Office of Management and Budget; and Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

Membership Support

As university-based global health programs grow and expand, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) members will provide leadership in a number of key activities, such as:

  • defining the field and discipline of global health;
  • standardizing curricula and developing professional standards;
  • advocating for global health funding and policy initiatives.

CUGH is an institutional membership organization supported in part by members’ dues.

Information about joining the CUGH