Why Get Involved?

A Proven Model has Created Long-Term Change

The Global Public Health changes lives in metropolitan cities and rural, developing communities. Tribal and village leaders, local universities, hospitals, government representatives, Global Public Health doctors, faculty and students all work together to develop solutions to local challenges - from improving the quality of health care or getting clean water, to finding new ways to access education, food and jobs.

Aremnian boyAn Exchange of Knowledge

We start with the exchange of knowledge and personnel in a medical environment. Physicians, residents and medical students from Utah, in more than a dozen specialties, based on local need, teach and see patients. Physicians, residents and medical students from the host country often come to Utah to study, see patients and teach.  The program then expands into local communities, again based on need, with programs addressing problems such as poverty (through economic and entrepreneurial cooperatives) education related to maternal and child health, and study of local, tropical disease.

We Learn as Much as We Teach

In return, Global Public Health members learn from talented colleagues and discover new ways of solving problems at home and around the world.  Students who are part of the Global Public Health learn and teach - equally. Their lives are forever altered by the experience of working side by side with village residents, patients, doctors, and tribal leaders, understanding other cultures and embracing their challenges as their own.

Education Can Stop the Spread of Disease

The flu pandemic underscored a reality that infectious disease doctors have long known – country borders and geographic boundaries, even oceans, will not stop the spread of new diseases. But disease CAN be controlled, and even stopped, if the populations affected have the resources to access health services and understand how best to combat illness. In a world as interconnected as ours, "our community" is much more than our neighborhood, our city, our state, or even our country. Our community is the world, and the Global Public Health is working in select regions all over the world to create lasting health improvements that are felt around the world and in our own neighborhoods..


The Global Public Health has a lasting impact on the world’s population: improving health, delivering service, alleviating poverty and bringing the best the world has to offer back to the students and faculty here at home. And the Global Public Health is changing people’s lives not by handing out donations but by finding ways to create independence. Education in hospitals and rural clinics results in local programs that extend their teaching out into the communities. The Global Public Health is helping form cooperatives to equitably share the fruits of group labor and to collaboratively finance small agribusiness. The Global Public Health is studying disease vectors and models for affecting community change.

We Need You

It’s that simple.  Complex problems can’t be solved by one project, one university, or even one group acting alone.  Working across disciplines, across oceans, and across cultures requires all of us to bring our many talents, financial resources, and time  together to make a lasting difference.  If you are looking for the best ways to use your resources to make the greatest impact, please consider the Global Health Initiative as your choice of where to be involved.


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Contact Information

Pamela Lyon
Global Public Health Coordinator
Phone: 801-585-5303
Email: pamela.lyon@utah.edu