Global Health News and Events

Dr. Michael Sweat Talks about the Importance of Global Health

Ever wonder why South Carolina's health care professionals should care about global health?  Check out this interview with Dr. Michael Sweat, Director of The MUSC Center for Global Health, to learn more!



Welcome CGI's New Director

The following letter from the Provost's Office announced the appointment of the Director of the MUSC Center for Global Initiatives.

TO:         All Units Reporting to the Provost
FROM:    Mark S. Sothmann, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
DATE:     November 15, 2012
RE:          Appointment of Dr. Michael Sweat as the Inaugural Director of the Center for Global Initiatives

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Sweat from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science as the inaugural Director of the

Global Health Certificate: Spring 2013

Interested in understanding more about global health and what it means to practice health care in today's global and diverse population?  Curious about how global health plays a role in local health care practicies?  Sign up for MUSC's Global Health Certificate Spring 2013 courses to learn from leading experts in the field.  More information about the program can be found at




Pediatric Global Health Guest Lecture

Niranjan "Tex" Kissoon, MD, FAAP, FCCM        
"Perspectives on Global Health"
Thursday September 20, 2012   
12:15 – 1:15PM  
2West Amphitheater    

Dr. Kissoon is an international expert in global pediatric health and sepsis
and will be at MUSC on Thursday to speak to pediatric housestaff, and to MUSC
students and faculty on "Perspectives on Global Health".  Dual trained in
both pediatric emergency medicine and critical care, Dr. Kissoon is currently
the Vice President for Medical Affairs at the British Columbia Children's
Hospital in

2013 CUGH Call for Proposals Open


The Consortium of Universities for Global Health's (CUGH) fourth annual conference is being held March 2013 in Washington D.C., bringing together over 1,000 members from a variety of sectors and disciplines to examine the cutting edge issues in several key areas:

  • Innovations and interventions to improve health conditions
  • Global Health Justice: Human Rights, ethics, governance and policy
Global Health Classes Offered at MUSC

MUSC is kicking off the Fall 2012 Semester with two courses focused on global health.  These classes are a great opportunity for the MUSC community to learn more about how global health impacts everyone in South Carolina and around the world.  A greater awareness of global health issues helps improve thinking about local issues in our own institutions and communities, both of which are becoming more global as the population continues to diversify.    As a world, we are starting to look more the same in terms of the health problems that we face.  Did you know that chronic non-communicable

Internal Search: Director, Center for Global Initiatives

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Office of the Provost invites applications from MUSC faculty for the newly created position of Director, Center for Global Initiatives (CGI). This is a part-time employment opportunity at a commitment of 0.50 FTE for a minimum of 5 years with potential for renewal. The position requires an innovative and dynamic individual to lead the development of MUSC’s globalization strategy as part of the MUSC Strategic Plan and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SASC) Institutional Effectiveness requirements. The Director will shape a Center

MUSC Students Lead Trip to Haiti

Poppy Markwell, COM4
June 2012
I helped organize and participated in the first MUSC student-organized international medical trip. I traveled with a group of 17 College of Medicine students and three attending physicians to help staff rural clinic sites in the Central Plateau Region of Haiti.  We worked extensively with local Haitian physicians, pharmacists, community health workers, and translators to bring healthcare services to several Haitian communities. It was interesting to learn how the Haitian healthcare system differs from that of the United States and it was an

MUSC Launches Urban Garden

Trees provide shade, gardens and plants promote health and healing.  That's why the Medical University of South Carolina decided to create an urban garden on campus to demonstrate the importance of having access to healthy, organic food.  Next to the garden will be a small pavillion used for cooking and and other demonstrations.  The university also has started preparing the ground for a medicinal garden, which will include healing plants identified in the 1863 book, “Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests,” written by MUSC alumnus F.P. Porcher.  Read more in the

World Malaria Day Speaker

Check out this exciting talk on April 25th at 4:00 pm in the Basic Science Building Room 502 sponsored by MUSC's Global and Tropical Medicine Interest Group!

In honor of World Malaria Day 2012, guest speaker Ms. Rima Shretta will be at MUSC for an update on the current state of the malaria epidemic.  Ms. Shretta is a pharmacist and has a master's degree in public health in developing countries with a concentration on drug policy, health economics, and epidemiology. She has over ten years of experience in malaria control programs, and she has worked extensively with the