Formerly known as the Division of International Health & Cross-Cultural Medicine, the division was a part of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
Division Chief Dr. Steffanie Strathdee is a top researcher, educator and thought leader in global health issues. She was recently appointed UCSD’s first Associate Dean for Global Medicine. Read the UCSD press release
“We are delighted to join outstanding leaders in academic medicine in the Department of Medicine,” Dr. Strathdee said.
“Our combined efforts will focus on reducing global health disparities and promoting training and education on global health issues that know no borders.”
Dr. Strathdee holds the Harold Simon Chair in Global Public Health and a professorship in the Department of Medicine.
The Division of Global Public Health has 16 full-time and many affiliated faculty members.
“By joining the Department of Medicine, Steffanie and her colleagues have expanded our global reach to four continents,” said Dr. Ken Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.
“Now, the Medicine faculty, fellows, residents and students have the opportunity to participate in the Global Public Health Division’s cutting-edge clinical research and innovative and insightful educational programs, and to deliver badly needed health care and self-help skills to citizens of the world.”
Dr. Robert Schooley, Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, commented, “There has been a major increase in interest in international activities within the Department of Medicine over the last 5 years.
“Dr. Strathdee and her group will provide a new dimension to scholarly activities in global medicine within the Department of Medicine –in terms of both content and geography.
“The synergy between the internationally recognized epidemiology, public health and prevention programs in Dr. Strathdee’s group and the biomedical research activities in other divisions throughout the Department will greatly increase the productivity and visibility of global medicine activities at UCSD,” Dr. Schooley said.
Programs both global and local
The education and research programs of the UCSD Division of Global Public Health extend from the San Diego-Tijuana region to communities and institutions across the world.
“Of particular interest are the public health efforts of Steffanie and her group in the California-Mexico border region,” said Dr. Kaushansky. “They’ve been a model of how proactive public health programs can provide new insights into the origins of health care disparities.
“They also demonstrate how interventions based on careful study can make an important impact on the health of both our neighbors and the citizens of California.”
The division’s local projects include three NIH-sponsored research studies based in Tijuana and other cities situated on the Mexico-US border. The projects focus on HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections.
The division currently offers three research training programs focusing on prevention of HIV and related infections and substance use:
- The Center for HIV/AIDS Minority Pipeline in Substance Abuse (CHAMPS) program, which offers research internships of 3-6 months in duration.
- An NIH T32 training program.
- An internship program sponsored by the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools (HSHPS).
In addition, the Division of Global Public Health has just completed a TIES (Training, Internship, Exchange, Scholarships) program, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored effort to prevent HIV infection in Tijuana and northwest Mexico.
In local education at the postgraduate level, Dr. Strathdee is the Co-director of the Global Health track of the doctoral program in public health that is offered jointly with the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health.
More about Dr. Strathdee
Dr. Steffanie Strathdee is a renowned infectious disease epidemiologist. Her research efforts have focused on preventing blood-borne infections such as HIV and removing barriers to healthcare delivery in underserved populations around the world.
She joined the UCSD faculty from Johns Hopkins University five years ago. She holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
For more information about the Division of Global Public Health, its faculty and activities, please visit the division’s website at http://gph.ucsd.edu.
MISSION OF THE DIVISION OF GLOBAL PUBLIC HEALTH
Working Together to Improve Global Health
The mission of the Division of Global Public Health is to:
- Center for AIDS Research – International Core
- Department of Medicine
- Division of Global Public Health
- Division of Infectious Diseases
- Dr. Robert Schooley – academic profile
- Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D.
- Organizations and Institutions