Center for Global Health

Our Annual Theme

Each year our center pushes forward one ground-breaking and important theme that we believe can help reimagine, reinvent and expand the impact of global health. To move us forward, each year we work with one expert scholar on that theme as our intellectual lead. The lead helps us develop a cutting-edge workshop and select our keynote speaker, identify gaps in skills we can address through training, design signature projects(s), and engage faculty and students from across campus in thinking about how they might join in to advance the specific challenge raised. If you have ideas for future annual themes, contact Center Director Amber Wutich.

Coming in 2019-20: Food Insecurity and Global Health

Expert lead: Nutritionist Meg Bruening

Current Theme 2018-19: Citizen Social Science and Global Health

Expert lead: Linguist Cindi SturtzSreetharan

Citizen Social Science is about non-experts working with experts to make our global health action bigger, bolder and more relevant. Citizen science is increasingly used to help scale hard science research, but we believe it has untapped potential to revolutionize how we can bring social science into global health research and its application. Cindi is leading us in testing new and ambitious strategies, scaling our ability to research and address the social dimensions of health. A signature project is examining how health-relevant discrimination is communicated in public spaces, using Maricopa County as our test bed. The team includes 181 Arizona citizens, 40 undergraduate students, five faculty and two graduate students. In the spring, the visiting keynote speaker is citizen science expert Professor Betsy Rhymes, University of Pennsylvania.