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Health has no borders. Infectious disease, cancer, depression, and heart failure—these conditions occur around the world, impacting everyone. That’s why our students, faculty, researchers, and providers within the Academic Health Center are working to learn from—and solve—some of the most pressing health problems around the globe.

Global Health Impact MapWhere in the world are we?

See where our faculty and staff are leading research, education, clinical care, and community outreach activities around the world.

Global Health Impact Map 

Our experts unite around global health

Experts across the University of Minnesota's health sciences focus their energy on global health issues—from emerging infectious diseases to eradicating long-standing issues such as tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries.

Where will our mission to extend, apply, and exchange knowledge take us next?

Global health student and baby

Health science students learn and train around the world

Because our researchers conduct clinical work worldwide, our students have incredible opportunities to learn abroad and train in new environments. Students build on the knowledge they've gained in our Minnesota classrooms to become international advocates for quality health care.

Minnesota is making a global impact

While Minnesota is home to less than one percent of the world’s population, here are a few ways we're making a big difference.

With funding from the United States Agency for International Development, in collaboration with Tufts University, the University of Minnesota is leading efforts to improve health education and infrastructure in 10 African and Southeast Asian countries. Called One Health, the efforts improve communities’ ability to detect and treat infectious disease in animals and humans, while providing students real-world health experiences.

To gain first-hand experience about the collaborative process of global health research, our Medical School developed the Uganda Research Training Collaborative. Our faculty and students partner with other faculty and students at Makerere University in Uganda to design and complete small-scale research projects.

OBGYN resident training in Tanzania

The Medical School's Tanzania Global Elective in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health (OBGYN) trains residents in a low-resource hospital and outpatient clinic setting in a developing country, helping them develop cultural competencies and communication skills that are different from their standard training in the United States.