The Global Health Fellows track is designed to equip students to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS, health security, and other pressing health challenges.

The program provides students both an academic and experiential perspective on how intergovernmental institutions, public-private partnerships, and non-governmental organizations shape global health policy.

The program is open to graduate students attending schools of public policy, public health and medicine. We also accept a limited number of exceptional undergraduate students.


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Global Health Fellows at the World Health Organization Strategic Operations Centre, where international collaborators discuss public health emergencies. 

PubPol 860.02 provides students a unique opportunity to learn first-hand how global health policy is formulated and implemented. It provides an overview of the how disease is understood within both the global health policy landscape and by political actors. The course modules cover issues of cross-border challenges in global health on topics such as human security and disease outbreaks.

Through seminars, case competitions, and site visits, participants will explore the range of framings of health security and discuss the policies that develop as a consequence. In the past, course participants have heard from senior officials from a wide range of Geneva-based organizations engaged in global health, including the WHO’s Tobacco-Free Initiative, the World Alliance for Patient Safety, the the Polio Eradication Initiative and the WHO’s Department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.

Course participants visit organizations in the region. Past visits have included the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Médecins sans Frontières, and UNAIDS. Please note that this information is tentative.

During the course week, the program also facilitates additional evening events, such as a program reception, mentorship dinners, and networking events. 

About the Instructor

Gavin Mark Yamey

Gavin Mark Yamey

Hymowitz Family Professor of the Practice in Global Health

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, trained in clinical medicine at Oxford University and University College London, medical journalism and editing at the BMJ and public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was Deputy Editor of the Western Journal of Medicine, Assistant Editor at the BMJ, a founding Senior Editor of PLOS Medicine, and the Principal Investigator on a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the launch of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2009, he was awarded a Kaiser Family Mini-Media Fellowship in Global Health Reporting to examine the barriers to scaling up low cost, low tech health tools in Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.

Dr. Yamey serves on two international health commissions, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He has been an External Advisor to the WHO and to TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Yamey has published extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, and disparities in health and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.

Before joining Duke, Dr. Yamey led the Evidence-to-Policy Initiative in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and was an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatics at the UCSF School of Medicine.


Please note that Fellows may not accept funding from industry or corporate foundation sources to support their participation in the program.

The Global Health track receives support from the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke University’s Program on Global Health and Technology Access at the Sanford School of Public Policy.


Alumni Reflections

"This program was a powerful dive into the world of global health. The trends and topics we discussed during the course week gave us both the vocabulary and the curiosity to learn by experience in our internship placements. I was so impressed by the individuals who served as my classmates and absolutely loved being in Geneva."—​ Katie Dickerson, Stanford School of Medicine