Our Approach

We work to create a world where sustainable, equitable health worldwide isn't just a vision—we work to make it a reality. Through our collaborative partnerships, sustainable programs, and academic excellence, we are one step closer every day.

We believe that global health is local health—and by taking a global approach to health, we can make connections between seemingly unconnected issues to work towards solutions to some of our world's greatest health challenges. Whether we are in the hills of Kampala or on the lakes of Minnesota, social responsibility is at the heart of our approach to facilitating and supporting global health efforts across the University of Minnesota health sciences.



How We Work

We work across the University of Minnesota system with faculty, staff, and students to support global health initiatives. We are conveners. We are collaborators. And we are catalysts.

We Convene

Our main driver of success is due to our strong and lasting relationships with collaborators around the world and across the University of Minnesota system. As one of the only universities in the world to have schools that span the health sciences—Medical School, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Dentistry—and a strong international presence led by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the University of Minnesota is uniquely positioned to collaborate on interdisciplinary solutions to our world's complex health challenges. Through these connections, we convene multidisciplinary teams and partners that have the expertise and experience necessary to lead equitable and sustainable global health initiatives.

We Catalyze

Our center-driven initiatives are catalysts for meaningful work around diverse topics, including migrant health, women’s health, community health, and health workforce development. We also work to inspire the next generation of global health practitioners through interprofessional student opportunities. Not only are we actively dedicating resources to building out our robust programs, we also foster a mindset of social responsibility in global health initiatives at the University of Minnesota and around the world. We create spaces and room for engagement on today’s most pertinent global health issues through our events, webinars, and reflections. We are the global health champions of the University of Minnesota.


    Our Collaborative Programs

    Together with our collaborators, we champion three areas of work: education, research, and capacity.


    Our Initiatives

    We have several center-driven initiatives that advance impactful work around global health topics.

    • Migrant Health
    • Women's Health
    • Community Health
    • Health Workforce Development