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About Us

Our center’s vision is a world where everyone lives a healthy life, on a thriving planet.

Michele Barry

Drs. Ben & A. Jess Shenson Professor
Senior Associate Dean, Global Health
Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Our Mission

We enable emerging leaders and multi-disciplinary researchers to solve global health challenges and improve health equity.

How we Work


We regularly assemble and connect the faculty, staff, students, and trainees to develop new, interdisciplinary collaborations and learn about myriad topics in global health. 

advocacy and outreach

We disseminate evidence and raise awareness about global health inequities and injustices.


We leverage Stanfordʼs interdisciplinary strengths to increase global health knowledge, create solutions, and effectively disseminate them.


We create meaningful global health learning opportunities for Stanford students, trainees, and our global community partners.

Our History

CIGH was formed by Dr. Michele Barry in 2010. After being recruited to Stanford from Yale, Dr. Barry drew on her experience as a tropical disease physician and global health leader to foster a thriving global health community at Stanford, and to build a center focused on excellence in clinical training and capacity building in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). CIGH quickly grew to become a university-wide hub that brings all students and faculty together to pursue training opportunities and research in global health.

Our Impact



Overseas clinical rotations supported in partnership with underserved communities



Global Health Faculty Fellows supported in global health research, education, and impact



Global Health Seed Grants awarded to interdisciplinary research teams


Postdoctoral fellows trained in hands-on global health research in partnership with universities in low-income countries through NIH grant


School of Medicine departments now active in global health training and clinical work


Student groups supported in their work around global and planetary health

Learn more about our work, direction, and strategic planning in this infographic outlining our goals and priorities between 2023-26.