Coordinating Center for Global Health A Collaborative Effort of UTMB's Schools, Centers, & Institutes

Geoffrey Moses SOM 2012

The world is more interconnected than at any time in history. Global trade and commerce, immigration, and travel have all dramatically increased. With globalization, diseases once thought to be obscure are now part of medicine in the US, and health problems in resource poor countries can impact life here. In this context, a new field of global health is emerging which has captured the imagination of trainees throughout the country.

UTMB provides key leadership to the University of Texas System in international training opportunities for students. UTMB has unique resources in this area including 3 World Health Organization Collaborating Centers, strong student organizations in the field, and a strong research base in global infectious diseases. With a recent NIH grant to develop an administrative framework for global health, UTMB is now poised to be the regional leader in this field.

Building on activities such as the Global Health Track for medical students, Global Health Lecture Series, Fogarty Fellowships in International Research, Global Health Scholars Program, breadth of infectious disease research, and dozens of international rotations in which students participate each year, the program now seeks to expand training opportunities for all UTMB students and strengthen coordination of activities on campus.

Relationships. Respect. Integrity.

These are the values that lay the foundation for UTMB's global health programs. With UTMB’s mission to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world in mind, the Center for Global Health Education (CGHE) is dedicated to the training of tomorrow's global health work force.


The Center for Global Health Education’s mission is to improve the health of vulnerable populations, foreign and domestic, through education, value-adding collaboration, and capacity-building.


The CGHE will work alongside international partners to create innovative, multidisciplinary, interprofessional solutions to global health problems.

Reaching Out Across the Globe

Welcome to the UTMB Center for Tropical Diseases. I invite you to browse through our web pages and hope you will be challenged and encouraged by what you see. The CTD was established in 1994 through the remarkable vision and outstanding leadership of David Walker, former Chair of Pathology at UTMB. The Center has grown so that there are now more than 100 affiliated faculty at UTMB, and we have a large number of partners at international sites throughout the world.

The Center for Tropical Diseases is about people – people who are dedicated to the mission of impacting tropical diseases through research, education, and service, and people who will benefit from the application of this expertise. The Center includes a large cadre of investigators with demonstrated expertise in research or training in diseases that affect the tropics and resource-poor areas of the world. It is my hope that we collectively bring our intellect, expertise and compassion to those who most need it.

Peter C. Melby, M.D., Professor
Director, UTMB Center for Tropical Diseases
Dept. of Internal Medicine-Division of Infectious Diseases