The Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) is dedicated to training a new generation of global health researchers including the exceptional undergraduate students at Notre Dame. Below are some of the opportunities for undergraduate students to engage with the EIGH:
Undergraduate Global Health Course
In the 2020-2021 academic year, the EIGH is sponsoring an undergraduate global health foundational course. The course will be taught by Marie Donahue, EIGH faculty member and the Notre Dame Haiti Program Director. Below is a description of the course:
Foundations of Global Health
Over the last two decades, there has been a groundswell of interest in global health across multiple disciplines and professional fields. One common definition describes global health as an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health is concerned with the interconnectedness and multidimensionality of health as well as disparities in human health across the world. This course will provide foundational knowledge necessary to understand what global health is today, its history and evolution, how social theory contributes to understanding specific global health problems, the importance of understanding health and designing interventions by using a biosocial model that includes a myriad of cultural, social, political, and economic factors, and an understanding of the role of various actors on the global health stage including international, bilateral, and civil society organizations.
Developing solutions to our greatest health challenges requires an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, course topics, materials, and assignments will draw upon social, behavioral, biomedical and environmental sciences, engineering, law, and ethics. Guest speakers will discuss their own global health work, giving students the opportunity to understand the realities of global health practice.
In 2016, the EIGH sponsored the first annual Notre Dame Global Health Case Competition. This competition brings together undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines to creatively address critical global health challenges in a competitive and collaborative environment. Students are given an innovative learning experience that trains future global health leaders. The winning team of the internal Notre Dame competition will apply for the external competition hosted each year at Emory University.
To learn more, please visit: globalhealth.nd.edu/education-training/undergraduate/global-health-case-competition
The EIGH sponsors an International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) through the Center for Social Concerns every summer. Students can apply for an ISSLP in Ghana with Unite for Sight to assist with ophthalmic nurses and optometrists in all aspects of eye care programs. Volunteers may participate in Global Impact Lab if they are interested in pursuing research.
To learn more, please visit: socialconcerns.nd.edu/content/international-summer-service-learning-program
Interactions with Undergraduate Clubs
The EIGH also serves as a resource for undergraduate clubs with a focus on global health. In the past, the Institute has sponsored and co-sponsored events, provided guidance, and participated in various panels, events, and symposiums.
To view a list of student clubs on-campus, visit admissions.nd.edu/discover/student-life/clubs-orgs