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.


2023 Global Health Case Competition

Pitt’s Global Health Case Competition is designed to give Pitt students from all campuses professional experience in developing innovative 21st century solutions and strategies to address a real-world global health issue. Interdisciplinary teams of 4 to 6 graduate and undergraduate students will develop a plan to address a scenario in a holistic way based on information garnered during a series of presentations by experts along with a comprehensive library guide prepared specifically for the case study. Each team will present its strategy to a panel of experts, with the top team receiving cash prizes and support to participate in the 2024 Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition should they be accepted. 
Learn more and register here.

Watch the winning 2022 team presentation 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.