About the Center


The Global Health Center aims to improve global health through trans-disciplinary programs and partnerships across Washington University in St. Louis and around the world.

The Global Health Center includes the Center for Global Health & Infectious Disease (CGHID), which was founded in 2012 by the departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, and Pathology and Immunology in the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. CGHID works to enhance collaborations and strategic partnerships at Washington University in St. Louis to eradicate global infectious diseases.


  • Encourage innovation and cross-disciplinary research in global health that focus on key areas: infectious diseases, nutritional deficiency, maternal and child health, productive aging, and cancer and chronic disease
  • Bring the campus community and our partners together to focus on global health issues through events and programs
  • Develop a comprehensive global health curriculum and other educational tools and training for students to foster the next generation of leaders

Contact & Location

The offices for the Global Health Center are located within the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Our Team

Center Director: William G. Powderly, MD
Larry J. Shapiro Director, Institute for Public Health,
Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and Co-Director, Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine
314-454-8215 / wpowderly@wustl.edu
Faculty scholar profile

Center Manager: Jacaranda van Rheenen, PhD
314-362-7964 | jvanrheenen@wustl.edu



The Global Health Center  is a member in good standing with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). All who attend, or work for, Washington University in St. Louis (with a .edu email) are considered a member and are eligible to enjoy the benefits of membership.