First Graduates in Global Health

A doctor aids a patient in Leogane, Haiti, after a massive earthquake in March 2010.Led by Fr. Tom Streit, C.S.C., Notre Dame's Haiti Program has united faculty, doctors and students in the fight against lymphatic filariasis and other diseases. Copyright University of Notre Dame / Photo by Matt Cashore.

Notre Dame's first class of students in the Master of Science in Global Health program will graduate on Saturday, capping a year of intensive study and practical medical experience in developing countries around the world. 

The class of 14 graduates is the first of its kind at Notre Dame.  The Master of Science in Global Health, a part of Notre Dame's Eck Institue for Global Health, started last year under the direction of Joseph Bock.  The program trains students to overcome the real life problems - scientific and social - that medical professionals face every day in developing nations, where basic necessities like clean running water may not exist.

And while the program's focus is obviously global, the students (many of whom will continue to medical school) also worked extensively to overcome health disparities in the South Bend commmunity.

South Bend Tribune: "Global health a developing program" by Gene Stowe.

Check out the Master of Science in Global Health homepage for more on the program.


 by Michael Rodio

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