Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Health is a fundamental human right


    Welcome Dr. Bernard Nahlen!


The Eck Institute for Global Health welcomes alumnus Dr. Bernard Nahlen, MD, MPH, starting December 1, 2017, as our new Director with an appointment of Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Nahlen comes to the position with vast leadership in the field of global health. He has worked with research colleagues and disease elimination programs around the world for most of his career. Most notably, Nahlen comes to Notre Dame with the experience and skills to support Notre Dame faculty and their global research projects. 


“I join in sharing the accolades and excitement of welcoming Bernard back to campus,” states Katherine Taylor, Associate Director and Director of Global Health Training. “We were both stationed in Kenya in the 1990s where our work overlapped. To be continuing our global health work decades later and be part of the same team, at our alma mater, is something I never would have thought possible.”


Join our team! We have faculty positions open with our Institute and the Department of Biological Sciences:

Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor faculty candidates interested in working directly with our Master of Science in Global Health program are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Professor of Human Pathogen or Vector Biology faculty candidates who study the biology of human pathogen, pathogen vector, or the response of the human host to infection, particularly those with cross-disciplinary research programs, are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology faculty candidates who use quantitative approaches to study mechanisms that influence the dynamics and/or control of human pathogen transmission are encouraged to apply.       


The University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health is a university-wide enterprise that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low and middle-income countries, who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.


Watch our leadership as part of ND Day 2016! Notre Dame Day 2016


Patricia Clark Feature

New protein study broadens knowledge of molecular basis for disease

October 14, 2017

Scientists at the University of Notre Dame are one step closer to unraveling the mystery of how intrinsically disordered proteins work, according to new research published in Science.

Bernard Nahlen 05 Feature

Deputy Director of President’s Malaria Initiative to Lead Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health

October 03, 2017

Bernard Nahlen, currently deputy director of the President’s Malaria Initiative, will join the University of Notre Dame as director of the Eck Institute for Global Health and professor of biological sciences in the College of Science.


Access to Medicines as a Moral Imperative and Human Right

Thu Nov 2, 2017 • 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Carey Auditorium - Hesburgh Library

Hosted by the Eck Institute for Global Health and in partnership with the President's Office and ND Forum, Professor Fran Quigley of Indiana University McKinney School of Law will present “Access to Medicines as a Moral Imperative and Human Right.” His talk will focus on the challenge of ensuring both robust development of new medicines and access to medicines for those in need–a challenge that is present in our own U.S. communities and in communities across the world. The United Nations estimates that 10 million people die annually due to lack of access to essential medicines, including cancer medicines and vaccines, causing this issue to become a focus for the Vatican (“universal access to medicines is a moral obligation”) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prof. Quigley is the director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic at IU McKinney, has written on this issue for multiple international and national publications, including Foreign Affairs

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Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Panel Discussion

Mon Nov 13, 2017 • 6:00PM - 7:30PM

In coordination with South Bend's Near Northwest Neighborhood and the St. Joseph County Health Department, the Eck Institute for Global Health is hosting two experts from Green & Healthy Homes Initiative in the field of lead abatment and healthy housing. Join the discussion and learn what our community can do to address living with lead right here at home.

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