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The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility

The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) at the University of Minnesota advances health sciences research, learning, and engagement in the global arena. Its strategic value to the University and its external partners is its integrative and coordinating roles across academic units and disciplines with a focus on global health.

The Four Cornerstones That Define Our Purpose Are:

Discovery, Equity, Learning, and Engagement.



Promote socially responsible population-based research.

Improve health systems.

Enhance social and physical environments in partnering communities.

Conduct global needs-based translational research.



Improve global health access and delivery.

Empower girls and women.

Promote social and economic development in partnering communities.

Advocate for environmental justice.



Support reciprocal learning across cultures.

Educate global health professionals in Minnesota.

Promote leadership development in partnering institutions and communities.

Strengthen institutional partnerships for educating health-care providers worldwide.



Work collaboratively with local cultures and communities.

Mobilize "young globals" in Minnesota and in partnering communities.

Leverage local and worldwide institutional partnerships.

Inspire investment from global-oriented stakeholders.



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Frontiers Research Partnership and Scholars Awards

CGHSR announces the 2014 Frontiers Research Partnership post-doctoral opportunity to explore and strengthen research collaborations with the Karolinska Institute within the area of Health Sciences. Support of $55,000 per year for one year of post-doctoral research training at the KI will be provided to the Frontiers Scholar. The deadline for submission has been extended to June 30, 2014.

Learn more and download the RFA

UMN Global Health Case Competition Team Takes Fourth Place at Emory
Congratulations to Congratulations to Justin Schlitz (Management), Andrielle Cowl (Clinical Lab Sciences), Katelyn Pastick (Biological Sciences), Tino Nguyen (Dentistry), Bao Mei (Management), and Rebecca Schultz (Public Health) along with mentor Dr. Cliff Steer for their outstanding performance at the Emory University International Competition on March 29, 2014.  The team advanced to the finals and finished an impressive 4th place in a field of 24 teams.

Wondering what the UMN Global Health Case Competition is all about? Check out our new video and start thinking about competing or volunteering in 2015.

Global Health Case Competition Video



UMN Myanmar InitiativeUMN Myanmar Initiative
On February 3-7, 2014, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility (CGHSR) coordinated an exploratory visit to Myanmar to pursue collaborations to address health related priorities. The overriding vision of the trip was to establish partnerships with Myanmar universities and government ministries to build capacity to improve health using a One Health approach.

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International Travel Grants

Travel grants are funded by the University of Minnesota central administration to support the internationalization of the University (on all campuses) through research, teaching and outreach.  Funds can be used to bring international colleagues to campus or send individuals and groups abroad for international experiences.  There are three deadlines per year for international travel grants.  The deadlines are March 15, August 15, and December 15. 

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Enrollment Now Open for U of M Global Health Online Training
The University of Minnesota's Global Health Course is one of just 17 accredited global health courses in the world, and the only course that is co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Global Health Course, in its entirety, includes more than 300 hours of training, consists of contributions from more than 170 regional, national, and international faculty experts, and offers the most current and relevant information for health care providers that desire to serve the highest quality of care to their patients and reduce disparities in health care outcomes for globally-mobile populations such as immigrants, refugees, and travelers. Please note that each module has been designed as a stand-alone curriculum and may be taken independently of the other modules.

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