Leveraging local knowledge to improve public health

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The Challenge

Worldwide, the need for accessible, high-quality global health education is growing, due to the pressing need to expand and develop the global public health workforce necessary to address existing and emerging public health priorities. Current distance-learning practices do not address the needs of public health practitioners in the field who often have limited access to high-quality instruction.

The Solution
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy will work with faculty members from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health to develop and apply a standardized, rigorous, distance-based curriculum for core public health competencies to real-world case studies and global health problems. This model not only increases access to high-quality public health training for professionals worldwide, but will be adapted to meet the specific needs of learners and will capitalize on their experiences.
Short-term beneficiaries are professionals working in international non-profit organizations or governments responsible for implementing health programs around the world. In the longer term, the program will benefit local partners of these organizations – community health, social workers and other professionals responsible for the day-to-day activities required to improve and sustain a population’s health.



Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH, Gillings Visiting Clinical Associate Professor, public health leadership program, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, leads the project’s diverse team. Partners include three international non-profit organizations and faculty across multiple departments in the School. The team reflects the range of complexity inherent in the field of global public health, as well as the diversity of expertise required to address complex challenges in new ways.

Partners include: Faculty across multiple departments in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, IntraHealth International, Plan USA and GRAVIS, India.