At the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health, leaders work across disciplines to address the disparities, inequalities and broad determinants of health that impact our world. University-wide and driven by excellence in research, education and action, the institute aims to address those issues that are too complex to have a natural home with any single researcher, department or school.

The USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health fosters inclusive approaches to global health that engage medicine, public health, law, social science, human rights, economics, policy, communications, social work and other fields.

A major international center of research, education and training, USC maintains significant multi-country reach and a strong commitment to globalization. With students representing most of the world’s countries, the USC campus mirrors the global community. Headquartered in Los Angeles, among the world’s most diverse cities and a major center of the Pacific Rim, the Institute cultivates an entrepreneurial environment to propel bold, new solutions for the most intractable challenges facing society.


To work with partners at USC and beyond to address health-related disparities and inequalities, taking a multidisciplinary approach to advance the evidence base about what works, train the next generation of leaders, and inform public policy.


To create a university- and worldwide center of excellence for research, education and action on global health that takes a dynamic and multidisciplinary approach to addressing the health disparities and inequalities that impact our world.


  • Enhance USC’s capacity to conduct and disseminate global health research.
  • Connect students, faculty and thought leaders across the university and beyond who are working in global health, and facilitate the exchange of ideas across disciplines, as well as new projects and collaborations that address inequality.
  • Support and expand creative, collaborative educational efforts in global health.
  • Provide opportunities for students at every level to experience and understand health challenges facing the world’s populations, and to consider new ways to address them.

Education & Training

A locus for education and training programs in global health, the Institute offers on-campus courses for USC students; public short courses; and global health experiences working and researching at every level—from community fieldwork to international agencies.  USC offers several degree tracks specific to global health and many other programs dedicated to complementary issues. To expand students’ research and professional experience in addressing global health issues, the Institute coordinates practicum opportunities including placements, exchanges, and collaborations to enhance students’ experience of global health research and practice. Learn more about global health degrees, training and opportunities »


The Institute tackles existing and emerging global health concerns by bringing together the many academic disciplines needed to address them. The Institute is committed to growing diverse and innovative projects that stem from strong international partnerships.

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The Institute contributes to shaping policy to reduce health-related disparities and inequalities in Los Angeles and around the world. It facilitates problem-solving by uniting insights from multiple disciplines and by fostering collaboration among students, faculty, and thought leaders across the university, and beyond.

Featured Programs & Collaborations:

Program on Global Health & Human Rights Program on Global Health & Human Rights - The Program on Global Health & Human Rights is at the forefront of developing practical and effective responses to global public health challenges through the innovative application of human rights concepts and methods to research, policy, capacity building, analytical tool development, monitoring and evaluation.
Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Health Program Association of Pacific Rim Universities - Former USC President Steven B. Sample founded APRU in 1997 in order to capitalize on the emerging power and prominence of the Pacific Rim. It now comprises 42 premier Pacific Rim research universities located in 15 countries and fosters international collaboration among faculty, students and university leaders.
USC Law & Global Health Collaboration USC Law & Global Health Collaboration - The University of Southern California’s Law & Global Health Collaboration advances scholarship and provides training at the intersection of law and global health.
GHHR Partners & Collaborations Workshops & Conferences - The Institute on Inequalities in Global Health hosts, supports and participates in multidisciplinary research and education workshops and conferences at USC and around the world.

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