UC Global Health Institute

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is a UC-wide initiative that stimulates, nurtures, and promotes global health research, education, and collaboration to advance the University’s global health agenda.

Letter from UCGHI Director, Madhavi Dandu

Announcing the UCGHI Master’s Student Stipend Program

UCGHI strives to diversify the global health workforce by providing supplemental funding opportunities for master’s level students from historically excluded communities such as BIPOC students and First-Generation students.

GloCal/UPCH "Conducting Global Health Research" certificate program initiated

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, the first class of the "Conducting Global Health Research" international certificate program was launched, with seven GloCal fellows from the U.S., Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Thailand, and Bolivia participating.

Join our Learning Institute on Improving Health Equity through Cultural Humility Training for Public Health Professionals at APHA 2022

Saturday, November 5th, 9am - 4:15pm
Learn the tenets of cultural humility and how to apply these towards respectful and effective engagement with diverse communities in your public health work.

UCGHI statement in response to Roe v. Wade

Last Friday’s news that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision declaring the constitutional right to abortion, is a gut punch to the local and global health community’s work in health, gender equity, and social justice.

UCGHI Welcomes new Director!

The UC Global Health Institute is excited to announce that Dr. Madhavi Dandu will serve as UCGHI’s new Director starting July 1st, 2022.

Dr. Tom Coates Reflects on a Trailblazing Career as he Fulfills his term as UCGHI Director

It is not an exaggeration to say that Dr. Tom Coates, PhD–the UC Global Health Institute’s outgoing director–is a trailblazer in the field of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) prevention research.

UCSF CHAT Study Aims to Break Barriers of Access in Abortion Telehealth Services

The California Home Abortion by Telehealth (CHAT) team at UCSF, led by Ushma Upadhyay, PhD, MPH, recently wrapped up a successful first year of research.

UC Global Health Day 2022

May 7, 2022
Santa Cruz, California

New GloCal Site PI Council convenes first meeting

On May 24th the GloCal Health Fellowship held its first Site PI Council meeting.

The UC Global Health Community Gathers to Connect and Build Relationships at UC Global Health Day 2022

On Saturday May 7th, 270 people gathered at University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in-person to take in the incredible work and wisdom of five inspiring plenary speakers, 50+ poster presenters, 13 breakout sessions and to connect with colleagues committed to transforming the field of global health at the UC Global Health Day 2022.

As UCGHI's Deputy Director, Sun Yu Cotter Works to Cultivate More Diversity in Global Health and Take Up More Space as an Asian-American

As a child of Korean immigrants who learned English at age five and a first-generation college graduate, Sun Yu Cotter, MPH, faced challenges in the process of achieving the level of success she has today.

Six UC graduates receive fellowships for projects in women’s health, gender justice, and empowerment

The UCGHI Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment Center of Expertise (WHGE COE) is funding $2,500 fellowships to six graduate students to provide seed funding for research projects of their own design.

GloCal fellow Schola Matovu, PhD, RN, awarded UCSF 2022 Jane Norbeck Distinguished Service Award

We are very pleased to share that current GloCal fellow Schola Matovu, PhD, RN, has been presented with the prestigious 2022 Jane Norbeck Distinguished Service Award from the UCSF School of Nursing!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: A UCGHI Student Ambassador Reflection

A crowd gathered outside with a woman holding up a sign that says Believe Survivors

Content Warning: This post includes a statement on sexual assault awareness.

How UC Santa Cruz’s New Global and Community Health Program Will Work at the Intersection of Social and Natural Sciences

To UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) alumna Manya Balachander who majored in psychology and community studies, a unique aspect of the UCSC campus is that "you’re constantly surrounded by academic activism rooted in social justice,” she says.

How Dr. Samantha Ying is Leading Social Justice-Focused Scientific Inquiry through Student-Centered Mentorship

“I can view the institution from the outside while I’m in it, which gives me this comfort to speak up.” For students who hear this perspective, they can feel empowered to do the same.

Dr. Vandana Shiva's Decades-Long Environmental Activism is Rooted in Health of All Beings

Dr. Vandana Shiva was born in the forests of the Indian Himalayan Region, her father a forester and mother a farmer. “I literally grew up between the forest and the farm,” she says. “That was my childhood–there was continuity between the forest and the farm because we worked with biodiversity.” But as she grew up, she learned that there were entities actively breaking that continuity.

How Drs. Adriann Begay and Cristina Rivera Carpenter Center Indigenous Relational Approaches to Medicine through The HEAL Initiative

As Indigenous women, Dr. Adriann Begay, MD and Dr. Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN-BC of the HEAL (Health, Equity, Action & Leadership) Initiative recognize an important element to reaching their goals in healthcare including increasing accessibility in healthcare for the community of people around them who have had similar cultural experiences as them.

Dr. Ushma Upadhyay’s Journey to Becoming Co-Director of the Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise

As a junior faculty member, Dr. Upadhyay was awarded a UCGHI fellowship through the COE--which funded her work--to measure reproductive autonomy. As her research has expanded, so has her involvement with the WHGE COE.

Dr. Rupa Marya  Brings Her Multitudes to All She Does

UCGHI is pleased to announce Dr. Rupa Marya as a plenary speaker and musical performer with her band Rupa & The April Fishes for the UC Global Health Day 2022 celebration at UC Santa Cruz.

Op-Ed: The FDA may be about to make the abortion pill more accessible

Co-Director of the Women's Health Gender and Empowerment (WHGE) Center of Expertise, Dr. Ushma Upadhyay reflects on the future of safe and effective abortion access following the recent SCOTUS cases in her op-ed for The Los Angeles Times.

CHAT Study's 2021 Illustration Contest

The Women's Health Gender and Empowerment (WHGE) Center of Expertise’s newest signature project is the California Home Abortion by Telehealth (CHAT) Study. This contest is for artists to create three illustrations that will be featured on the pages of the CHAT study’s website and other communication materials. Submission deadline: January 9, 2022

The UCGHI Student Ambassador Program’s Personal and Professional Impact

We connected with five 2020-2021 student ambassador alumni who expressed how the energy and insights gained throughout their six-month experience will be applied to their future endeavors, all relating to justice and equity. Application deadline: November 15, 2021.

GloCal Health Fellowship congratulations two program alumni on receiving NIH K awards

The GloCal Health Fellowship congratulates two of its alumni on recently receiving K awards from the NIH Fogarty International Center. Dr. Helen Byakwaga (2014-2015) received a K43 award to continue her HIV-related Kaposi Sarcoma research in Uganda while Dr. Matthew Bramble (2017-2018) received a K01 award to expand his study of the consumption of cassava and the motor neuron disease known as konzo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

A bold Berkeley program is improving human lives in low-income countries

An innovative program based at UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is reporting remarkable results achieved by building multinational, cross-cultural partnerships to address needs in low-income countries.

UC Davis to lead groundwater and irrigated agriculture sustainability study

UC Davis has been awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to find ways to sustain irrigated agriculture while improving groundwater quantity and quality in the Southwest under a changing climate.

How one UC Berkeley initiative is championing for Latinx representation in the environmental science

The Latinxs and the Environment initiative is a 3-year-old effort which aims to establish a comprehensive program designed to generate knowledge and encourage increased study and research on Latinxs and the environment — both in the U.S. and abroad.

Former GloCal Fellow Advances Malaria Research and COVID Testing Capacity in His Native Peru

Former GloCal fellow Dr. Jaeson Calla used his fellowship for important molecular and cell biology research on malaria, which harms many children in Peru.

UC Global Health Day 2022 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

UCGHI invites abstracts for poster presentations and proposals for breakout sessions that exemplify the breadth, depth and transformative possibilities of current global health research, education, and program development. Submission Deadline: December 19, 2021

Apply now for GloCal Health Fellowship

Now accepting applications for its 2022-23 program, GloCal is recruiting individuals interested in HIV research, non-HIV-related mental health research and other global health priority research areas.

Seeking applicants for UCGHI Student Ambassador Program 2021-2022

The University of California Global Health Institute is seeking applicants across all UC campuses and partnering with Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, for its 2021-2022 Student Ambassador Program.

October NIH Diversity Supplement Webinar

Please join UCGHI on October 28th in promoting National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplements for students, postdocs, and faculty in a webinar event. This webinar will amplify the experiences of three successful NIH Diversity Supplement recipients from UC Irvine, UCSF, and UC Merced.

GloCal welcomes new UC Davis PI

The GloCal Health Fellowship welcomes Beatriz Martínez López (DVM, MPVM, PhD) as the UC Davis campus PI for the fellowship. 

UC campuses earn top spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings

Six University of California campuses rank among the top 10 public universities in the country, with all nine UC undergraduate campuses among the top 50 in the 2022 Best Colleges rankings, published today (Sept. 13) by U.S. News & World Report.

UCGHI Annual Report 2020-2021

We are proud to share with you UCGHI’s first annual report — featuring our biggest accomplishments during the last year. We invite you to learn more about our work and our vision for creating a stronger future for global health.