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Transdisciplinary Global Health Teaching Grant

The Center for Global Health in the Institute for Public Health is excited to announce its first call for Transdisciplinary Global Health Teaching Grant proposals. Up to two global health courses will be funded beginning in academic year 2013-2014, renewable for a second year.

Successful proposals will involve a new teaching collaboration between at least two faculty from different disciplines who are affiliated with different schools at WUSTL or with different departments within a single school; preference will be given to cross-school collaborations.

The program will fund up to $30,000 per transdisciplinary global health course, to be split between the two participating schools or departments. Each faculty member may receive up to $5,000 as a course planning stipend in the first year of the grant (including the cost of benefits).

Click here for more information and directions on how to apply.

Global Health Proposal Development Grants

The Institute for Public Health awarded proposal development grants in global health to three transdisciplinary teams in 2012. The goal of this funding opportunity was to foster collaborations that will advance global health research at Washington University.


A comparative study of breast cancer in West African immigrant populations

Investigating the sustainability of improved biomass cookstoves in Rajasthan, India

Studying the consequences of tobacco and solid fuel use in Nepal

We will share more details, including project outcomes, once they are available.

Community/University Health Research Partnership Initiative

The Institute for Public Health was instrumental in establishing the St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnerships (CUHRP), a $1.5 million funding initiative sponsored in partnership with BJC HealthCare, Saint Louis University and Washington University to support the development of research partnerships between community-based organizations in St. Louis City and County and faculty members at Washington University and Saint Louis University. The goal of the initiative is to improve health outcomes, reduce health disparities and foster long-term collaborations between universities and community-based organizations.

The projects below were part of the 2009 program, facilitated by the St. Louis Regional Health Commission. More details

Click here for details about the 2012 funding opportunitity.

Featured Projects

Creating a neighborhood environment that has health, social and economic benefits
Working with a variety of community partners we are designing and implementing a health impact assessment that will help promote health priorities as part of an ongoing community redevelopment project in Pagedale, Missouri.

Understanding the connections between genetics, environment, and addiction
Addictive behaviors significantly contribute to morbidity and mortality, as well as result in high costs to society. Our interdisciplinary team is examining the interplay among substance use disorders, genetic factors, and economic and educational opportunities by merging databases on substance use disorders within the St. Louis metropolitan area with historical data on educational and economic factors.

Improving nutrition and reducing obesity in a low-income setting
Poor nutrition and obesity are significant public health problems that disproportionately affect African-American children, adolescents, and adults living in urban, low-income neighborhoods. During this first phase of this long-term project, we will develop programs to help residents of a St. Louis city neighborhood understand the relationship between fresh fruits and vegetables and disease risk.