Global Health News and Events

MUSC student takes leap of faith on HIV/AIDS program in South Africa

By Matthew Husband

Lessons from the field: Vasanthan Kuppuswamy, second year medical student

By Vasanthan Kuppuswamy

Guidance for Ebola-affected countries

Since March 2014, West African (Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia) countries experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola in history.  Soon after the World Health Organization declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in these countries, new cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea late November 2015.  The health systems in these West African countries continue to monitor for new cases and to exercise preemptive action to prevent transmission.    

MUSC Ebola Panel Discussion
MUSC professor works to reduce mental health toll of global crises

The behavioral fallout from the current Ebola crisis has created a historic and consequential dilemma for the global mental health and public health communities. Computational models to track the Ebola crisis provide forecasts of death tolls by scenario, but human behavior cannot be adjusted for given the misinformation, hysteria, and superstition brooding over communities in West Africa and around the world.

MUSC medical student forgoes ecological research for global medicine career

Another cold, dreary day goes by and Susan Linn, second year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), hears of another preventable death. Had the only clinic on the island where she worked been staffed the decedent would have received much needed treatment. Alcoholism ravages the island—it is hard to discern the causal relationship between heavy consumption and mental illness in either direction. Public health education is nonexistent. The healthcare system is almost irremediably splintered.

Experts at MUSC talk Ebola preparedness

By Helen Adams

The arrival of the first Ebola patient in an American hospital comes as no surprise to infectious disease experts at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“There have been several false alarms before now, which shows that health care systems are paying attention to patients’ symptoms and epidemiology,” said L.W. Preston Church, M.D., associate professor in MUSC’s Infectious Diseases Division. “People are thinking about Ebola and taking appropriate action.”

MUSC Center for Global Health to host PBS Frontline film screening of "Ebola Outbreak" and panel discussion

Join the MUSC Center for Global Health as we screen PBS Frontline’s documentary, Ebola Outbreak highlighting the struggles containing and managing the latest outbreak in West Africa.

MUSC neurosurgeon finds sensory delight and reward in global work

Updates from the Field: MUSC student Elizabeth Slaughter, Uganda


Today we saw a lot of patients with back pain. As occupational therapy (OT) students, we learned a lot in our anatomy and musculoconditions course about the back muscles and how to ergonomically handle daily task management; however, we did not cover many interventions for back pain.