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Dartmouth to Offer Certificate in Global Health

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National Institutes of Health award supports program

Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) and the 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.

"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 DMS. 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. Von Reyn is also the principal investigator for this award.

The new funding will be used to develop a Certificate in Global Health at Dartmouth, offered to undergraduate and graduate students by the Dickey Center. The program will provide a foundation in global health measurement, practice, and research methods, expanding on the current "Global Health and Society" course offered through the geography department.

The funding will also enable additional health care-based exchanges between Dartmouth and Tanzania. New exchange opportunities are currently in development in India and Vietnam.

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"The interdisciplinary curriculum at Dartmouth will provide the foundation for students to pursue global health research careers," says Lisa Adams, assistant professor in the Section of Infectious Disease and International Health at DMS and director of the GHI at the Dickey Center, who will lead the program. "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 courses developed with this funding will be the core curriculum of the certificate program. They will emphasize research ethics and 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 be able 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.

"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 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."

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, to develop and implement the certificate program.

By SUSAN KNAPP


Last Updated: 5/27/09