About Global Health
The Global Health Program examines the many factors affecting health throughout the world, with a focus on the economics of health care in developing nations and neglected tropical diseases. Studies of developing nations include research evaluating the relationship between health and productivity in developing countries, maternal and child health, and the socioeconomic determinants of health.
In partnership with The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, one initiative of the Global Health Program is to raise awareness of neglected diseases of poverty at home and abroad while promoting initiatives and policies designed to alleviate the needless suffering they cause. Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, are a group of infections that disproportionately affect those who live in extreme poverty. Globally, an estimated 1.4 billion people suffer from one or more of these conditions, and as many as 12 million people in the United States are also affected. NTDs promote a cycle of poverty by reducing economic capacity, increasing maternal mortality and impairing physical and intellectual development in children.
The Global Health Program’s areas of interest include not only developing nations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, but also wealthy countries, such as the Group of 20 nations, where extreme poverty exists but is often overlooked.