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New NIH award to expand global health programs at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/12/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and Dartmouth’s Dickey Center for International Understanding have been awarded $250,000 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dartmouth. The two-year “Framework Programs for Global Health” award, funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the federal stimulus package recently passed by Congress), is from NIH’s Fogarty International Center.

Ford von Reyn and Lisa Adams
Ford von Reyn and Lisa Adams (photo by Joeseph Mehling '69)

“This funding allows us to broaden our reach,” says Ford von Reyn, director of the DarDar International Programs for the Section on Infectious Disease and International Health at Dartmouth Medical School. DarDar refers to the partnership between doctors and professors at Dartmouth and their counterparts in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania at Muhumbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. “Dartmouth undergraduates and graduate students are eager to learn about international health, and they want to help address global issues, like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and now we can create more opportunities for them to do so.” Von Reyn is also the principal investigator for this award.

“The strength of Dartmouth’s Global Health Initiative is its multidisciplinary approach,” says Kenneth Yalowitz, director of the Dickey Center. “By expanding our programs, we ensure that we sustain a legacy of training individuals committed to working on global health from a variety of vantage points, from policy and clinical work to laboratory and research efforts.”

Expanding Dartmouth's Global Health Initiative (video by Susan Knapp)

Under the academic leadership of Lisa Adams, assistant professor in the Section on Infectious Disease and International Health at DMS and the director of the GHI at the Dickey Center, the new funding will be used to develop a Certificate in Global Health at Dartmouth, and it will also provide for additional healthcare-based exchanges between Dartmouth and Tanzania. New exchange opportunities are currently in development in India and Vietnam. The certificate program will be offered by the Dickey Center, and it will expand on the existing Global Health and Society course offered through Dartmouth’s Geography Department. Both undergraduates and graduate students will be eligible for the program, which provides a foundation in global health measurement, practice, and research methods.

The courses developed with this funding will be the core curriculum of the Certificate program and will emphasize research ethics, methods, epidemiology, informatics, health systems, infectious and chronic disease patterns in resource-poor regions, and child health. The program will also increase the number of mentored research internships available, adding three new funded internships for undergraduates and five for graduate students.

Students and faculty will also have the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences on scientific grant and manuscript writing, on conducting clinical research in resource-limited settings, and on the role of the pharmaceutical industry in global health. Von Reyn and Adams will also work closely with Richard Waddell, research assistant professor of medicine in the Section of Infectious Disease and International Health at DMS, on developing and implementing the Certificate program.

“The interdisciplinary curriculum at Dartmouth will provide the foundation for students to pursue global health research careers,” says Adams. “We purposely structured the progression of course work and the mentored-overseas research experiences to engage students with intersecting interests in medicine, public health, technology, and medical anthropology.”

The Global Health Initiative was launched in 2004 by Dartmouth College’s John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and Dartmouth Medical School. The GHI works closely with partners in Tanzania, and students and faculty across the Dartmouth campus to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, promote high-caliber global health research, and educate future leaders in global health.

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