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About GHI

The Global Health Initiative of the University of Kentucky is focused on advancing research, educational programs, and service learning for our faculty and students, with the goal of improving the health of people throughout the world and promoting health equity. 

The Global Health Program was initiated in 2011, under the leadership of Dr. Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost for Internationalization at the University.  It is directed by Samuel C. Matheny, MD, MPH, Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives. 

Global Health Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate awareness of how disparities relate to the health of communities as well as access to healthcare; the disparities result from issues of socioeconomic class, race, cultural barriers, etc. Students will be able to relate these observations to issues of disparity in the US, and to specific approaches within their own future careers to address these disparities at home and abroad.
  2. Students will demonstrate increased skills in the area of flexibility when working in resource-limited settings.  Students will be able to use these skills to improve their ability to think creatively and work adaptively, in resource-limited settings within the US, in their own future careers.
  3. Students will demonstrate increased intercultural competency, as measured by one or more appropriate validated and contextually relevant instruments that has been identified and agreed upon across the educational programs that assesses these competencies.  They will demonstrate the ability to adapt patient interview techniques according to cultural context and patient needs, and they will be able to utilize these skills in cross-cultural communications in their own future careers.