About GHI


To embrace a global health ethic that fosters deeper understanding of the complex determinants of health and disease for people, animals and ecosystems. By working locally and globally, we uniquely apply research and education both within and across disciplines, advancing health today and ensuring well-being for the future.

What is GHI?

The Global Health Institute (GHI) is a stand-alone unit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison dedicated to improving and inspiring collaboration, educating tomorrow’s leaders and promoting research and outreach to improve well-being for all.

Aligned with one of the world’s top-ranked research and academic institutions, GHI serves as a portal. Introducing students to great health disparities and challenges through certificate programs, classes and field experiences. Inspiring and and preparing faculty and students to collaborate and address urgent health needs at home and abroad.

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute is an idea born in Wisconsin—and it is a global manifestation of the Wisconsin Idea.

Who is GHI?

We are physicians and veterinarians. Engineers and economists. Pharmacists, nurses, political scientists, and historians. We are teachers, researchers, and students. Leaders in law, public health, agriculture, ecology, life and social sciences, and many other professions—working side by side to ensure sustainable, equitable global health for all. Today and tomorrow.

Through boundary-spanning collaborations, we are improving access to health care for the most vulnerable populations and identifying emerging threats from viruses, bacteria, and other carriers of disease. We are advancing women’s equality and leadership, and helping cities adapt to 21st-century realities. We are showing that healthy choices can limit climate change and that actively combatting climate change leads to healthier lives for everyone.