Research Initiative: Global Health

GSC seeks to nurture campus-wide cooperation on curricular and programmatic initiatives related to global health. Our aim is to promote the multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary study of global health among students and faculty by creating spaces for collaboration among scholars. In particular, we seek to understand the global burden of disease, social determinants of health, and treatment disparities from transnational and historical perspectives that are also attentive to the varied cultural and behavioral elements of health.



Press Release:

2024 Global Health Case Competition: Winner's Place Second at Emory's Morningside Case Competition


A team of six University of Pittsburgh juniors placed second in Emory University’s 2024 Emory Morningside Case Competition held March 21-23. The competition brings together students studying in diverse fields to address a real-world challenge in global health. The teams were tasked with developing a proposal to create a consortium that would accelerate integrated care for diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in India, with the goal of irradicating tuberculosis in the country. 


The University of Pittsburgh team, which includes biological sciences majors Cindy Le and Dylan Kurian, nutrition science major Christina Yi, chemistry major Lauren Angus, engineering major Harper Segal and biological sciences and business major Namita Mahajan, was one of 31 teams from universities around the world to present their proposals to a panel of judges. As a top-five finalist, they were then asked to revise their plan in response to a new prompt. They presented their new plan to the judging panel and the non-finalist teams. 


The Pitt team placed second behind the team from Yale. Last fall, the Pitt team placed first in a similar case competition held on the Pittsburgh campus.In addition to providing the teams with an engaging intellectual challenge, the competition gave them the chance to connect with peers from around the world and to network with advisors from diverse professional fields. 


The team is sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the School of Public Health’s Center for Global Health.


View both the 2023 First Place and Second Place presentations from Pitt's competition on our YouTube channel.


Learn more about Pitt's Global Health Case competition here.



Mari Webel

Mari Webel is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, specializing in modern Africa and the history of health.  She received her Ph.D in 2012 from Columbia University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in global health and African Studies at Emory University.  Webel joined the Pitt faculty in 2014.  Her book The Politics of Disease Control: Sleeping Sickness in Eastern Africa, 1890-1920, will be released this month in the New African Histories series of Ohio University Press.  The Politics of Disease Control is a history of African politics and colonial public health, focusing on sleeping sickness at Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika.  Her current project, The Neglected Tropical Diseases in Global Health’s History and Present examines the emergence of the “NTDs” as an operative and imaginative category in public health since the 1970s.  She was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship in 2019 to pursue training in epidemiology and parasitology for her ongoing work on the history of the NTDs.

Michael Goodhart

Michael Goodhart is Professor of Political Science, and he holds secondary appointments in Philosophy and in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. His current research focuses on questions to do with global injustice and responsibility for injustice.  He is also interested in thinking about new modes of political theorizing for the Anthropocene. His core intellectual interests are in the theory and practice of democracy and human rights in the context of globalization and in related questions concerning global justice, democratic governance, and political responsibility at the transnational level.
Dr. Goodhart is co-president of the Association for Political Theory; he is an affiliate of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut, a member of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and sits on several editorial boards. In 2008-2009 he was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research fellow and Guest Professor in the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.