About Us

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) is a UC-wide initiative that stimulates, nurtures, and promotes global health research, education, and collaboration to advance the University’s global health agenda.

UCGHI advances the mission of the University of California to improve the lives of people in California and around the world. UCGHI leverages the diverse expertise across the University to revolutionize training of future global health leaders and accelerate the discovery and implementation of transformative global health solutions.

UCGHI brings together the health and non-health sciences to tackle increasingly complex global health problems. We believe that forging a transdisciplinary approach with authentic partnerships with our global collaborators and local communities has the greatest chance of ensuring sustained success. Only through such a concerted integration, across disciplines, campuses, and sectors can we truly impact global health.

UCGHI harnesses UC’s unparalleled resources. Hundreds of faculty, researchers, staff and students across the UC system invest their passion and skills for healing the earth and its people into global health education, research and activities that influence policy.

UCGHI was founded in 2009 by Haile T. Debas MD, Chancellor Emeritus, UC San Francisco. In its first few years UCGHI generated over $13 million benefiting UC global health programs and activities, launched the GloCal Health Fellowship program, and awarded over $7 million in scholarships and fellowships to UC students, faculty, and postdocs. UCGHI also launched three Centers of Expertise to conduct action-oriented transdisciplinary policy-relevant research addressing key global health issues: Migration and Health; One Health: Water, Animals, Food and Society; and Women’s Health and Empowerment.