Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Message from the Director

Welcome to Northwestern’s Center for Global Health website. Practicing medicine in the 21st Century requires a broad knowledge of health issues faced around the world. Globalization has made it so that no disease can be confined by national boarder or ocean. Physicians are called upon to address global health concerns, even within their community practice or hospital.  The devastating Ebola outbreak of 2014-15 is a stark reminder that no community is immune from public health threats.

The Center for Global Health implements innovative educational programs in Chicago and abroad to strengthen the knowledge base on global health issues for our trainees and provides Feinberg students, residents, and fellows access to valuable training experiences through our network of global partnerships.

Our research portfolio focuses on grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as government contracts and foundation activities to conduct important research and training programs in low-income settings around the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.  Current areas of active research encompass the fields of infectious diseases and HIV, gynecology, bioengineering and community medicine. Further efforts will build on other Northwestern research strengths that may benefit from an international presence such as oncology, endocrinology, neuroscience, microbiology, cardiology, and rehabilitative medicine.

Our center is committed to promoting health equity issues through translational research and interdisciplinary training programs in both the U.S. and globally.  Academic institutions play an important role in the global health agenda of mitigating global risk of disease and developing sustainable health systems around the world. Center members work collaboratively across many of Northwestern’s schools to offer education, research, and service where it is needed most.

Thank you for your interest in our programs, research, and initiatives. Please contact us for more information.

Robert Murphy, MD

Robert L Murphy, MD
Director, Center for Global Health - Institute for Public Health and Medicine
John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases
Professor in Medicine-Infectious Diseases and McCormick School of Engineering