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Georgetown University takes a multidisciplinary approach to global health research.

Faculty, staff, and students engage in this area through research and teaching across campuses and through key resources, in particular through a number of centers and institutes throughout the university. These research centers, institutes, and programs explore diverse and cutting-edge issues in global health in partnership with international organizations, leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners throughout the world.

  • Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Established in 2006, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of religion, ethics, and public life. Its multiyear survey of critical issues at the intersection of religion and development has addressed, among other issues, COVID-19, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal mortality, tuberculosis, and water sanitation.
  • Business for Impact. Part of the McDonough School of Business, Business for Impact is founded on the belief that business can be powerful force for good. Its mission is to solve the world's most pressing issues through delivering world-class education, impactful student experience, and direct action with global companies, nonprofits, and government leaders.
  • Center for Global Health Practice and Impact (CGHPI). Launched in 2019, CGHPI aims to serve countries to advance the use of evidence through human-centered enterprise architecture to improve their population’s health and well being and safeguard against health-related threats towards achieving equity and social justice. CGHPI works with partners to respond to today’s health challenges and bring quality services to scale while maximizing resources and achieve the greatest possible impact. Particular focus is to support countries to achieve the end of devastating epidemics, such as HIV, and also to build effective, resilient, and sustainable systems to respond rapidly to emerging threats.
  • Center for Global Health Science and Security (CGHSS). Established in 2016, CGHSS develops evidence for action, providing decision-makers with the tools they need for sustainable capacity building to prevent, detect, and respond to public health emergencies. CGHSS incorporates expertise in epidemiology, microbiology, virology, animal and human health systems, demography, economics, finance, statistics, and law.
  • Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH). CIGH was established in April 2020 to develop innovative public health solutions in partnership with governments, civil society, and other experts. It brings together a multidisciplinary team with a track record of tackling some of the toughest challenges in public health.  
  • Center for Men's Health Equity (CMHE). Established in the summer of 2021 in the Racial Justice Institute, CMHE leads state, regional, national, and global research, policy, and practice to pursue men's health equity, well-being, and social justice. 
  • Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship (COMPASS). Housed at Georgetown University Medical Center, COMPASS works across disciplines to develop innovative solutions for U.S. and global access to safe, sufficient, and effective medical products that address the world’s pressing public health challenges.
  • Earth Commons Institute. Founded in February 2022, the Earth Commons Institute seeks to build and support a focus on the environment and sustainability across Georgetown University. It supports faculty research, convenes leaders, advances dialogue, and provides opportunities for students to engage in hands-on projects and research.
  • Edmund D. Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. Housed at Georgetown University Medical Center and established over two decades ago in order to create a center of excellence, the Center for Clinical Bioethics fills a unique need for bioethics that is directly oriented towards clinical medicine and strongly rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition.
  • Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD). The center was established over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.
  • Georgetown University Initiative for Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de). This collaboration, based in the McCourt School of Public Policy, promotes field-based research in developing countries to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of interventions in policy domains, including public health.
  • Human Rights Institute (HRI). Housed at the Law Center, HRI is the focal point of human rights at Georgetown Law and helps ensure the Law Center’s place as a center of excellence in human rights teaching and training and in producing policy-relevant and influential human rights ideas and research.
  • Initiative for Health Economics, Financing and Outcome Research (IHEFO). Established in 2023, IHEFO is a faculty-initiated research hub in the School of Health that concentrates on improving health financing of health systems and conducting health economic outcome research across the globe.
  • Institute for Reproductive Health. Based at the Medical Center, this institute works to expand family planning choices, advance gender equality, and include communities in reproductive health interventions through partnerships with international and local organizations.
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE). Established in 1971, KIE is a place where ethicists engage in rigorous, sustained conversation with experts and practitioners across the disciplines to respond directly and meaningfully to the pressing ethical issues of our time.
  • Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Lombardi Center is part of the Medical Center and is one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Established in 1970, it conducts oncological research and treatment.
  • O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. The O'Neill Institute's mission is discover innovative solutions to the most pressing health concerns facing the world.