About Global Health at Princeton

Real-World Learning Meets Critical Research

 Lydia Zhong at Lab at Zhejiang University

Complex policy issues directly impact the wellbeing of people worldwide. The Princeton University Global Health Program stands at the forefront of interdisciplinary health and health policy research and education. By promoting serious health scholarship with an international perspective, we work to create meaningful change and prepare the next generation of global health leaders.

Princeton students are part of a new global health generation — a generation that witnesses first-hand the severe health inequalities in the world and wants to do something about it. The Global Health Program (GHP) equips students with the cutting-edge tools, real-life experiences and critical perspective to make meaningful change in a time plagued by both emerging and enduring health-related challenges.

Drawing upon Princeton’s unparalleled strengths in the social and natural sciences, public policy, engineering, and the humanities, we take our students to the front lines of global health. Our students thrive as they work with affected communities, health practitioners and researchers — whether in the field or in the lab — both in the United States and abroad. Housed in the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and supported by the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of the Provost, the Global Health Program brings together students, faculty and postdoctoral fellows committed to diversity, academic rigor and innovative approaches to the world’s most complex health-related problems.

Through this interdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to produce a better understanding of the complex interplay of biology, social life, medical research and the political economy of health systems. Our enduring mission is to produce nothing less than a critical and people-centered global health science prepared to take on the challenge of enacting humane, effective and sustainable policies and interventions, now and in the future.


Our History

Redefining Global Health Leadership

Since its inception in 2008, the Global Health Program has grown to become one of the most popular programs at Princeton. With a belief that cross-disciplinary thinking can improve real-world policy, we continue to expand.

Preparing Future Leaders

Among our proudest accomplishments is our capacity to help launch global health careers.

  • Roughly 80% of program graduates launch health careers.
  • More than 90% of 2015 graduating seniors cited the impact of summer research on their post-graduation plans.
  • Program graduates can be found: Pursuing domestic and international public health fellowships; providing health care and life sciences consulting; enrolled in graduate school in medicine, public health, epidemiology, clinical neuroscience, and molecular and medical pharmacology.

Engaging Students

Our momentum is growing. Over seven years, our class size has nearly quadrupled.

Research Support

In the last 5 years, the Center for Health and Wellbeing has provided funding to approximately 75 undergraduates for global health research and internships in 20 countries, including the U.S.

Uniting Scholars

We continue to make inroads across student majors, because when disciplinary walls come down, new insights emerge.

As part of our educational mission, we also bring together renowned global health researchers from nearly 20 departments to create a vibrant community of scholarship and learning. We also invite important global health scholars to come to campus, adding an international dimension to the classroom experience.


A Global Health Community

We make room for diverse academic voices, with a belief that a communal approach to policy creates better outcomes.

Teaching with Context

We merge cutting-edge inquiry with experiential learning to create an internationalized classroom experience that encourages critical thinking.

Multidisciplinary by Design

We employ cross-disciplinary dialogue and research to uncover the intertwined drivers of health disparities.

Vital Global Partnerships

Global meets local through collaborations at the forefront of health and health policy issues worldwide.

Administered by the Center for Health and Wellbeing
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We are part of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary unit within the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. As a leading research institution, Princeton is committed to advancing scholarship that may inform better health policy around the world and in our own backyard.