Facts & Figures: Global Partnerships

Duke Global Health Institute 

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) brings together knowledge and resources from across Duke University and Duke Health to address the most important global health issues of our time. Around the world, DGHI faculty, staff and students are engaged in research projects that reflect the changing global burden of disease and the many factors that influence human health.  

Covid AlertDGHI is advancing critical research on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the development of strategies and therapies to mitigate the effects of the virus and exploration of tools and knowledge that can help prevent future disease outbreaks.

A defining characteristic of all DGHI research is its interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the most innovative ideas from medicine, genetics, epidemiology, engineering, environmental and social sciences, public policy, and the humanities to design new strategies to overcome global health challenges. DGHI also offers a comprehensive portfolio of global health education programs, including an undergraduate major and minor in global health, a Master of Science in Global Health, global health research pathways for medical trainees, and doctoral scholars and certificate programs.  


By the Numbers

  • 93 core and 58 affiliate faculty members
  • 217 active research grants
  • $56 million in annual external research funding
  • 55 percent of the DGHI faculty members are from the School of Medicine


Global Strategic Partnerships

DGHI faculty, staff and students are engaged in research and educational projects in more than 40 countries, including the United States. In several of these countries, DGHI has built longstanding, bilateral collaborations with local institutions and organizations, including Duke-affiliated partners such as Duke Kunshan University in China and the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. Currently, DGHI maintains priority partnerships within these countries:

Partnerships in China, India, Kenya, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda.

DGHI also has placed a priority on applying global health approaches and solutions to address health disparities in Durham and other communities within the United States.