Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

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"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson

Global health is an inextricable component of modern-day medical, public health and nursing practices, increasing demands for health professionals who can compete and excel in a global market have created an urgent need for comprehensive research, service and training programs in global health.

The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) facilitates new international partnerships and works to strengthen existing global relationships involving Vanderbilt faculty, VU centers and institutes, and affiliated institutions at home and around the world.

Program and opportunities in global health are available for:

  • undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students
  • medical and nursing students, residents and fellows
  • students, researchers and other professionals from academic and research institutions throughout the world

The VIGH vision is to improve health and well being of people in local and global environments.

The VIGH mission is to provide leadership in interdisciplinary education, research, service and advocacy for health and development in resource-limited settings around the world.

Our approach is to establish sustainable, scalable health and development programs in resource-limited settings through innovative multidisciplinary approaches rooted in strong academic research and training, and pragmatic community partnerships.

  • Building capacity for sustainable health initiatives
  • Increasing opportunities for innovative global health education and training
  • Fostering collaborations among local, national and international partners
  • Advocating for vulnerable populations