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Global Health Student Club

The Global Health Student Club established itself as a recognized student organization at USC in Spring 2011. The club engages students in conversation, plans events, attends presentations and organizes fundraisers for global health causes. In addition to travel opportunities, club members have priority access to speakers during our global health lecture series events. This is a multidisciplinary group and all USC students are welcome to join.

2011 Leadership Board

President: Luis Maldonado, sophomore studying global health Vice President: Tisa Thomas, junior studying health promotion and disease prevention Secretary: Meghan Smith, freshman studying global health and international relations. Treasurer: James Aluri, junior studying biological sciences and musical studies Global Projects Chair: Andrew Yu, graduate student studying global medicine PR Chair: Chelsea Messinger, sophomore studying global health Book Club Chair: Tito Thomas, freshman studying health promotion and disease prevention


Emory Case Competition

This year, USC sent a team of undergraduate and graduate students to compete in the Global Health Case Competition hosted by Emory University in Atlanta. Along with 12 other universities, our USC team addressed a spectrum of health problems associated with refugee camps and the reality of budget cuts due to the financial crisis. Our multidisciplinary team worked together to find solutions to these complex issues and presented these solutions to a panel of expert judges.


The USC Team: Molly Lancaster, Ph.D. student, Keck School of Medicine Allen Li, Undergraduate student, Marshall School of Business Katrina Pariera, Ph.D. student, Annenberg School of Communication Alana Pheffinger, M.P.H. student, Keck School of Medicine Dan Shaer, M.P.H. student, Keck School of Medicine

Institute Faculty-Led Courses undergraduate:

PM 270 – Introduction to Global Health This course introduces basic concepts of global health and disease control. The fast-paced and interactive course focuses on issues of globalization, global disease burden and trends, global health governance, and pressing challenges in global disease control and treatment. HP 470 – Global Health Case Studies This course is targeted to global health majors who seek a more in-depth examination of global health topics. This past spring, students engaged in projects as diverse as designing a digital game on global health to creating an advocacy message surrounding the fight against harmful air pollution.


PM 564 – Public Health Leadership and Management This course examines future-focused leadership principles with applications to global health systems. Students analyze their personal leadership and management strengths, improve interpersonal and team working skills, and learn about organizational management and strategic change. PM 565 – Emerging Trends in Global Health: A Public Health Seminar This course focuses on 21st century global health challenges and threats. Students examine the latest developments in global health research, closely follow recent and unfolding policy initiatives, and analyze how emerging technologies and digital communications can be used to advance global health.



(back row) James Aluri, Chelsea Messinger, Luis Maldonado (front row) Meghan Smith, Tisa Thomas, Andrew Yu



Summer @ USC

Global Health and Disease: Global Disease Detectives For the first time in the summer of 2011, the Institute for Global Health led 19 high school students through two weeks of discoveries about global health and disease outbreaks. After an introduction to the fundamentals of global health and outbreak detection, the students developed their own team-based investigation of a mock disease outbreak on the USC campus.


USC Institute for Global Health Annual Report 2010-2011  

The Institute for Global Health engages and supports the USC community in a wide range of global health activities through educational progr...

USC Institute for Global Health Annual Report 2010-2011  

The Institute for Global Health engages and supports the USC community in a wide range of global health activities through educational progr...