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Updates on the Global Leaders Fellowship

Updated: Oct 15


Global Health Institute

Empower Through Health (ETH) is building a Global Health Institute (GHI) where solutions to extraordinary challenges in global health can be addressed through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. Armed with our collaborative strength, we seek to find scalable solutions to the issues that affect the most vulnerable and work with them to develop resilient households and communities.  


We recognize our mission through providing direct preventive and acute medical care driven by community participation, conducting multidisciplinary research projects to advance the frontiers of knowledge in global health delivery, and educating a future generation of global leaders to become socially responsible global citizens.

Global Leaders of Summer 2020

The Global Leaders Fellowship officially wrapped up in August, but the real work is just beginning. Nineteen individuals transformed from 'undergraduate student' to 'Global Leaders Fellow'. 


Global Leaders Fellows are now in full swing of developing a grassroots Empower Through Health ‘Chapter’ at their respective universities, in order to collaboratively tackle some of rural Uganda’s most pressing global health issues.


Chapters play an important role in research, connecting students to opportunities, and starting conversations about global health. Student-led Chapters will increase global health awareness on campus, educate peers on global health issues, create global health opportunities on campus, and raise funds for global health projects, interventions, and resources through the ETH National Office.


These projects will include community-based treatment for psychosis in rural areas of low-income countries, efficacy of mass drug administration for helminthic infections, women’s empowerment through contraception, approaches to prevent malaria, and development of a “super-food” to address malnutrition. 


The Empower Through Health Global Leaders Chapters are easily becoming the heart of our organization. They are naturally aligned groups at their respective universities that share similar professional goals, skills, attributes and direction - and so they are becoming part of the solution. ETH Chapters are working to address some of the most pressing global health issues that affect vulnerable populations of rural Uganda. 


These Fellows and students are about to do some incredible work. 


Meet our Chapters



More on the Global Leaders Fellowship

From April 2020 onward, we conceived of and implemented a new program, the Global Leaders Fellowship. We opened enrollment in a Fellowship program for undergraduates that permits undergraduate student groups to gain valuable experience in devising, implementing, and researching public health  interventions targeting a specific global health challenge. Our inaugural class included 19 undergraduate students from five elite American universities (University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Washington University in St. Louis, and Williams College) organized into five chapters based on the  university.  


Each chapter has its own global health project with a planned launch date of  January 2021.  

During the Summer of 2020 and the academic school year, Fellows receive didactics, guest lectures, and case studies to develop competencies in global health. Throughout the school year, each chapter recruits students with goals of fostering an environment that promotes global social responsibility and raising money for their chapter’s project. Over the future summers, select students from each chapter will have opportunities to help ETH conduct monitoring and evaluation research of their programs.  


ETH fosters a supportive environment through providing academic, organizational, and cultural mentorship to each of the chapters. Additionally, faculty members at the respective American universities and at Ugandan universities with expertise in the topic of the chapters’ research also mentor the chapters. Through this framework, we envision future faculty-level institutional collaboration on projects through our infrastructure. 


Thanks of reading, stay tuned for more! Follow the embedded links to our Global Health Institute and each of the ETH Chapter pages.


Global Health Institute

Washington University of Saint Louis Chapter

Williams College Chapter

The University of Michigan Chapter

The University of Chicago Chapter

The ETH Steering Committee

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