Global Health

Welcome to the Global Health section of GlobalVU! We feature writing and perspectives from Vanderbilt undergraduates, graduate students, and professors, all of which add valuable insight into the global health discussions on campus. You can see our articles and a letter from our founding editors below.


The European Migration Crisis and Implications for Healthcare Delivery
Climate Change is Taking a Toll on our Mental Health
Why China’s Environmental Policies Are Inadequate for Improving the Nation’s Health
Umama Salamas: A case for including traditional healers in modern health systems
Understanding Undernutrition in Mozambique
Using Mobile Technology to Promote HIV Self-Testing
Electronic Medical Record for Clinic Growth in Rural Guatemala
Systems-Based Healthcare in Lwala
Highlighting VUMC Research on TB/HIV Co-Infection
A Letter for World AIDS Day
Health Counselors: A Key Element in the Fight against Global HIV

Introducing the Global Health Section

Global Health Colleagues,

Over our collective time at Vanderbilt—which is longer than we care to admit—we have met an incredible number of incredible people doing incredible work in global health. Whether it’s undergraduates building partnerships in Peru, medical students helping to build capacity in rural Kenya, or faculty members shaping the future of global health practice, we have been constantly impressed by the compassion and dedication of this university community.

This page hopes to serve as a forum through which to share the experiences and knowledge gleaned in this expansive global health work. As a collaboration between the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health and the Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s Global Health Organization, this global health section aims to highlight global health work being done at Vanderbilt and by our international partners in an effort to connect faculty, students, and staff interested in global health and to raise awareness surrounding these issues.

We have chosen today, December 1st, to launch this page in recognition of World AIDS Day. First held in 1988, World AIDS Day is the oldest global health day and is an opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV and remember those that we have lost in this fight.

It has been more than three decades since a cluster of a rare pneumonia was found among young men in Los Angeles. The last 30 years have seen a series of unprecedented challenges and successes that have played out on a global stage. HIV and AIDS have framed a generation of global health, and we think it is fitting to begin with it as the focus of this page.

Global health at Vanderbilt is intimately intertwined with the fight against HIV and AIDS. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), signed into law by President George W. Bush, has served as the primary support for the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health since its inception. With more than 20 faculty devoted to HIV research in the global health setting, Vanderbilt is truly a global leader in this field. We hope to highlight some of this work as we launch this page.

The idea for this page grew organically from students’ desires to be able to share their experiences and to learn about the experiences of others. We are thrilled to have found a home for this concept with GlobalVU and hope to add to their already amazing content. We’re excited to read about what is happening on this campus and around the world, and we hope you are too.

Joey Starnes
MD/MPH Candidate 2019

Justin Banerdt
MD Candidate 2018