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.


Global Health Case Competition, 2021

 Global Health Case Competition

Sponsored by the Global Studies Center and the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, Pitt’s global health case competition is designed to give students simulated professional experience in developing strategies to address a real-world global health issue. 
Interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students will develop a plan to address the scenario in a holistic way. Each team will present its strategy to a panel of experts, with the top team receiving cash prizes and support to participate in the 2022 Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition. The case competition is sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Global Studies and Global Health Student Association and Pitt’s Global Studies Center. 

Congratulations to the 1st place winners of the 2021 competition: Cassandra Morales (G) Pharmacy, Seung Wong Baek (G) Pharmacy, Mabry Smyer (UG) Neuroscience, Hyun-Ji Sim (UG) Economics, and Chiayun Cheng (UG) Biological Sciences and History & Philosophy of Science. Their team placed first at the 2021 Global Health Case Competition hosted by the Global Studies Center, Center for Global Health, and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law. 39 students assigned to six interdisciplinary team responded to the call for creating an emergency medical system for rural Guyana. 

Second place went to Isabella Mahal (UG) Political Science, Alexandra Mullen (UG) Microbiology, Tatiana Matuszewski (UG) Biological Sciences, and Jorge Antonio Gumucio (G) Public Health.

Questions? Contact Elaine Linn


Past Mini-Course

Global Health and Climate Change Mini-Course
This course uses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to highlight the multi-faceted field of global health. The SDGs address everything from gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. In examining how health intersects with these goals, this course draws on the expertise of Pitt and CMU as well as health and sustainability practitioners. Students who complete the course will understand how climate and sustainability contribute to good health and well-being from an truly interdisciplinary perspective.

With each global health crisis, the interconnectedness of populations around the globe becomes more pronounced. Diseases not only affect the health of communities, but they have a profound impact on political, economic, and social stability within countries and regions. This course engages the interdisciplinary nature of global health by approaching the issue through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) developed by the United Nations. The SDGs range in focus from good health and well-being to gender equality to clean water and sanitation to affordable, clean energy. By engaging the ways that health has a stake in these goals, the course will bring the expertise of faculty from the University of Pittsburgh and CMU as well as practitioners to understand and address the issue surrounding global health from a myriad of perspectives and avenues. With an applied focus, the course will assist students in engaging and advocating for a community on a global health issue through a policy memo. This iteration of the course will examine climate change and SDGs #13 and 15.

Questions? Please contact Veronica Dristas or click here !





2021 Global Health Case Competition

September 24, 2021, 1PM – 3 PM: Opening Session with Key-Note address, case reveal, and team assignments (in person)
October 1,  2 PM – 4 PM: How to effectively compile and present your case (virtual)
October 8, 2 PM – 4 PM: Presentations on geographic and cultural context  (virtual)

October 15, 2PM  – 4 PM: Free Day
October 22, 2 PM – 4 PM: Presentation on equity and policy implications (virtual)
October 29: Presentation on specific case-relevant content (virtual)
November 5, 2 PM – 6 PM: Case presentations (in person)

Global Health and Climate Change Mini-Course

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Veronica Dristas
University of Pittsburgh, Associate Director Global Studies Center

Video Material

View the 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. 

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