Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the UW-Madison Global Health Institute website. This is a pivotal moment in the history of global health at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and now is the time to found a new global health ethic that frames global health on our campus.

The Global Health Institute builds upon a legacy of excellence in global health education and partnerships embodied by the Center for Global Health. It also grows from the 2009 Campus Reaccreditation Report and the vision of Provost Paul DeLuca and other campus leaders, who advocated for a campus-wide approach designed to leverage our great breadth of expertise. Indeed, very few academic institutes of global health in the world have both the disciplinary strength and breadth of our university on a single campus. You can find some examples of how the Institute has already started to encourage cross-disciplinary relationships to grow and innovate by way of our recent seed funding eight new research programs.

Looking ahead, we hope the GHI will engage the campus in our efforts. We expect to locate new research interests and potential for leadership, especially in three broad thematic areas that will characterize our work:  1.) improving the human condition; 2.) enhancing environmental sustainability; and 3.) promoting good governance, while embracing ethics and values to foster health and well-being. We believe these themes, which can be brought to bear on traditional research endeavors as well as innovative interdisciplinary ones, provide a framework for campus-wide efforts in global health research, education, and engagement.

We welcome your participation as we embark upon this venture and encourage you to contact us to contemplate new collaborative partnerships.  Together, I’m confident that the GHI will succeed in its mission and vision and solve some of society’s most critical problems while enhancing UW–Madison’s reputation and impact around the world.

Jonathan Patz
Director, Global Health Institute