Our Approach

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We work to create a world where sustainable, equitable health worldwide isn't just a vision—we 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.

Our Focus Areas

We have several center-driven initiatives that advance impactful work around specific focus areas in global health.


Global Women’s Health

Through our global women’s health portfolio, we are working to leverage collective wisdom and bilateral partnerships to sustainably improve health outcomes for women in marginalized communities—both abroad and at home.

Learn more about our global women's health portfolio


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Female physicians learning and practicing new skills


Health Workforce Development

We work to build the skills of the global health workforce—improving the local capacity to meet current and emerging health needs.

Our health workforce development programs: 


Human Migration and Health 

Based around our focus on social responsibility, we strive to address the health disparities faced by immigrant and migrant communities through education and training.

Our migrant health programs: 

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