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

Along with the Center for Global Health, the Graduate School of Public Health, the GSC is hosting Pitt's first Global Health Case Competition. The Global Health Case Competition brings together undergraduate and graduate students to gain simulated professional experience, from across Pitt’s campus to form interdisciplinary teams to gain simulated professional experience that develop strategies to address a hypothetical global health scenario. Each team will present their strategy for 15 minutes to a panel of three experts and the top team will receive support to represent Pitt at the 2021 Emory University's International Case Competition. Because global health is an interdisciplinary field,  teams must include a combination of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from multiple disciplines providing diverse perspectives.

Questions? Please contact Elaine Linn. Please view the schedule for further details.

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.

1 Credit for PITT students and 3 Units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each iteration of the mini-course.

Questions? Please contact Veronica Dristas. Please view the schedule for further details.



Global Health Case Competition

Online Registration

Open from August 25 - 18 September *Please click on Registration Link*

Because global health is an interdisciplinary field,  teams must include a combination of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from multiple disciplines providing diverse perspectives. We require teams of 4 -6 students. Each team must have at least three different Pitt schools/colleges. Students can sign up as an individual (1), as a partial team (2 – 3) or as a team (4 - 6). Partial teams and individuals will be placed on interdisciplinary teams and notified of their teammates the week before the case reveal and first workshop on September 25, 2020

There is no cost to participate but each team must put down a $50 deposit. Funds will be returned after the competition is over. If the student does not participate after signing up, the check will not be returned. Mail check to Global Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 4100 Posvar Hall,  Pittsburgh, PA 15216.
Once the case is released, it is at each team's discretion as to how much time it spends working on its presentation. In addition to attendance at mandatory events the week of the competition, successful teams have found that spending an additional 10-20 hours working together on their project yields optimal results.

Global Health and Climate Change Mini-Course

Course Schedule

Friday, November 6, 2020 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 8:30AM – 6:30PM
Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 8:30AM – 1:00PM

Please click here to learn more.


Veronica Dristas
University of Pittsburgh, Associate Director Global Studies Center




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. 

Contact about: GSC Research Initiatives, Ideas about Interdiciplinary Projects and Collaboration