The School of Public Health hosted in February 2017 the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar, which brought nearly 100 international scholars to campus.
Experts from the School partnered with colleagues from Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the Office of International Initiatives to enable Fulbright students to expand their personal and professional networks, develop skills and gain practical knowledge related to global public health. The Fulbrighters also visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Carter Center.
Participants were Fulbright foreign students from other countries studying in master’s or doctoral programs around the United States. The emphasis areas for the seminar included public health infrastructure, data and health disparities, and the public health/government relationship.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
• Dr. Bill Foege, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Senior Fellow at the Carter Center, discussed the value of diversity and social justice in approaching global health solutions.
• Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the co-founder of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, spoke about the important work of national health institutes.
• Dr. David Ross, president and CEO of The Task Force for Global Health, talked about the health disparities his organization addresses globally and in Georgia.