About the Center for Global Health Education learning through meaningful partnerships

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Instituto de Medicina Tropical, Peru

Relationships. Respect. Integrity.
The UTMB Center for Global Health Education (CGHE) is dedicated to the training of tomorrow's global health work force to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.


The Center for Global Health Educationís 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.

Program Goals

Acting with the input of long-term international collaborators, our programís goals are to:

1) Establish sustainable international partnerships to advance mutual interests in education, research, and service

2) Train competent global health professionals that understand complex 21st century problems

3) Institutionalize a modern, ethical approach to international health

4) Develop a robust educational and programmatic research infrastructure

5) Hybridize innovative teaching techniques and technology to make UTMB a global health education knowledge economy

6) Reach across disciplines to strengthen interprofessional collaboration and leverage knowledge and skills

Resources and Links
Office of the Provost
Center for Tropical Diseases
Center to Eliminate Health Disparities
Hispanic Center of Excellence
Galveston National Lab
WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Aging and Health
Institute for Human Infections and Immunity

Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc
Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc
Dr. Matthew Dacso is a board-certified Physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health Education at UTMB and as an Associate Executive Director of the Coordinating Center for Global Health. He earned his M.D. degree from UTMB and completed his Residency and Internship at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He holds a master's degree in International Development Studies from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to joining the UTMB faculty, Dr. Dacso served as a clinician-educator with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership in Gaborone, Botswana. There, he managed a continuing education outreach program to district hospitals, assisted in the development of national treatment guidelines for acute and chronic HIV comorbidities, and provided support to the University of Botswana medicine residency training program. He remains an adjunct member of the University of Botswana School of Medicine faculty. His research interests include global health medical education, HIV/TB and non-communicable diseases, social and economic determinants of health, medical decision-making in resource-limited settings, and traditional medicine.
Premal Patel, MD, MSc
Premal Patel, MD, MSc
Dr. Premal Patel is a board-certified Physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Global Health Education Program at UTMB and is co-coordinator of the Global Health Inter-Professional Core Course. She earned an M.D. degree from UTMB and completed her Residency and Internship from the Warren Alpert School of Brown University. She has received accreditation though the American Academy of HIV Medicine as an HIV Specialist. She also holds a master's degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Dr. Patel's special interests include HIV/AIDS in the developing and developed world, HIV and Hepatitis B Co-infection, Preventive Care for HIV-Infected Patients, HIV Drug Resistance, and education in HIV and global health. In addition to presenting at AIDS 2010, she has had many accepted abstracts to international HIV conferences. Prior to joining UTMB, Dr. Patel served as an internist in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Gaborone, Botswana through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative and Baylor College of Medicine. Her activities included coordinating the Adult HIV clinic, HIV related journal club, sputum induction program for TB diagnosis, developing preventive care guidelines for HIV infected patients and teaching rotating students, residents and fellows.
Caley A. Satterfield, MEd
Caley A. Satterfield, MEd
Program Manager
Caley Satterfield joined the staff of the Center for Global Health Education (CGHE) as Program Manager in May 2009. She holds a Masters in Education in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, both from the University of Arkansas. Caley manages the global health education training program at UTMB with a primary focus on international health elective preparation and overall curriculum development for the Center. Caley is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Houston.
Christen Miller, MPAff
Christen Miller
Research Fellow
Christen Miller, MPAff is a Research Fellow with CGHE. Christen received her Masterís in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin with a certification in the graduate portfolio program in Nonprofit Studies. Christen previously completed policy internships at Texans Care for Children and at the Office of the Governor of the US Virgin Islands Children and Families Council. Her research interests focus on child and family well being, community-driven poverty alleviation, mentoring, and international volunteerism.


October 12, 2013

Global Health Education Symposium: The Role of Students in Global Health

Visit the conference website to register and submit abstracts.