Global Health News and Events

MUSC medical student explores benefits of population and global health

During undergraduate pre-med courses, Caroline West stumbled on a medical anthropology course that changed the lens through which she viewed the practice of medicine. West, a second year student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and President of the Global Tropical Medicine Interest Group (GTMIG), credits this early exposure to public health for fueling her desire to help disadvantaged groups domestically and abroad. 

“Taking these courses as the basis of my experience made me realize that

Giving thanks. From MUSC Center for Global Health

MUSC Center for Global Health hosted a Thanksgiving lunch for MUSC students from all around the world. From food, fun and friends, this is an event students look forward to attending all year. There was an Native American dance sequence and flute solo performed by “Little Firecracker” and “Spiritwalker” from a local tribe.

In addition to fellowship and eating, attendees wrote, with anonymity, what they were thankful for in 2013. See below for some great responses! 


"I am thankful for

MUSC Physician Assistant encourages students and faculty to get involved in global medicine

By Janie Thomas

Megan Fulton, PA-C, M.P.A.S.
is not afraid to take on new challenges.  It was on a trip to Belize that she discovered her love for medical missions and decided to beat a new path by becoming a Physician

MUSC Psychologists apply evidence-based PTSD treatments to global populations

Peter Tuerk, Ph.D.War and natural disasters cause far more damage than what meets the eye. Left in the wake of both are victims who have been exposed to physically harmful trauma that can evolve into emotional distress.

“Humans are built to process, store, and retrieve information,” said Peter Tuerk, Ph.D., Associate Professor

MUSC researcher serves global and local communities

Some may ask: why respond to global disasters in Japan, India or Thailand? Why set up reverse osmosis water purification units in West Africa? Why conduct work in countries other than the U.S. where health indicators are languishing? Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Ph.D. has an answer.

“Global and local health are very intertwined,” said Swenson. “We’ve moved closer together as a world. Because of technology, the

MUSC Center for Global Health Student Trainee Grant Presentation

MUSC Center for Global Health Trainee Grant Presentation

"An Epidemiologist and a Medical Student Walk into a Bar..."

Project Okurase - Ghana, West Africa

November 5, 2013 @ 12:00p.m.
Gazes Auditorium 125


Presented by:
Sarah Logan, Ph

MUSC Center for Global Health to host guest lecturers

The MUSC Center for Global Health Speaker Series

Friday, November 15
Storm Eye Institute Auditorium, HA 809


"Neonatal Resuscitation in Low Resource Countries - A Holistic Approach"


Possibilities Without Borders presents: A Global Affair Gala & Silent Auction


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MUSC nurse pursues global challenges with Indigenous Health International (IHI)

If you think sailing from Hawaii to San Francisco is tough, try establishing sustainable healthcare infrastructure in a politically autonomous and indigenous province in the Central American country of Panama. Natalia Davila has accomplished the former and is in progress to fulfill the latter. Although these are both daunting pursuits, she has thought very little of the difficulty involved.

“I love working with people who gravitate towards these types of challenging opportunities, whether sailing or humanitarian work,” Davila said. “These people put experience and helping others