The Institute for Global Health tackles existing and emerging global health concerns using a cross-disciplinary approach. The Institute is committed to many diverse and innovative projects that stem from strong international partnerships.

See our project map below to learn more about student and faculty projects all over the world. To inquire about adding your project to this map, please fill out the Project Map Addition form.

Tuberculosis Botswana

Global Fund Programs to Reduce Human Rights Barriers to HIV, TB and Malaria Services: Baseline Evaluation

In partnership with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), the Program on Global Health & Human Rights received a grant in October 2016 from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to conduct baseline evaluations in a range of low-income countries for the Global Fund’s Program to Reduce Human Rights Barriers to HIV, TB and Malaria Services.…

Africa Regional HIV Grant Evaluation

The Program on Global Health and Human Rights (GHHR) is conducting the baseline and endline evaluations for the Global Fund’s $10.5 million Africa Regional HIV Grant.

Monitoring Reproductive and Maternal Health Results in World Bank Projects: What Human Rights Can Offer

Monitoring Reproductive and Maternal Health Results in World Bank Projects: What Human Rights Can Offer

Building on GHHR’s existing partnership with the World Bank, the Program on Global Health & Human Rights began a new project in 2016 focused on strengthening the application of human rights principles in the monitoring of reproductive and maternal health (RMH) results in World Bank projects.

Integrating Human Rights in Vietnam Population Law

Integrating Human Rights in Vietnam’s Population Law

Through a longstanding relationship with Vietnam, Program on Global Health & Human Rights Director Sofia Gruskin began a new project in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund to advise Vietnam’s population law to ensure it covers key human rights issues in conformity with Vietnam’s ratified international treaties and national legal system.

Access and delivery partnership

The Access and Delivery Partnership

The United Nations Development Programme awarded the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights in February 2016 to conduct a human-rights-based mid-term review of the Access and Delivery Partnership project.

Eliminating HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination in Healthcare Settings

In August 2015 the USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new partnership with UNAIDS to develop a toolkit intended for national, district and institutional health managers as well as care providers focused on elimination of HIV-related stigma and discrimination in health care settings.

Advancing Access to Justice for Young People who Use Drugs in Indonesia

The USC Program on Global Health & Human Rights has began a new project in June 2015 with the Open Society Foundations focused on strengthening the capacity of and increasing access to justice for people who use drugs, with a special focus on young populations in Indonesia.

United Nations

Ensuring Human Rights Within Family Planning & Contraceptive Programs

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new project with the World Health Organization focused on the human rights aspects of monitoring, evaluation and accountability for family planning programs at the country, regional and global levels.

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Human Rights: A Toolbox for Examining Laws, Regulations and Policies

Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights: a toolbox for examining laws, regulations and policies

Professor Sofia Gruskin, served as key academic advisor for the life of the “Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human rights: a toolbox for examining laws, regulations and policies” project, the result of a decade-long collaboration.

Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

This multi-country project seeks to accelerate the discovery and testing of creative solutions to understand and overcome barriers that prevent essential health services from reaching women and children in low-income countries.

Orientations and Identities: Sexuality and Human Rights on the Global Stage Workshop

Orientations and Identities: Sexuality and Human Rights on the Global Stage Workshop

The workshop “Orientations and Identities: Sexuality and Human Rights on the Global Stage” took place May 28-30, 2014.

Rights-Oriented Research and Education for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Rights-Oriented Research and Education for Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Rights-Oriented Research and Education for Sexual and Reproductive Health Network was initiated by a core group of 12 individuals from the Global South and North, with a mission to promote research and education on sexual and reproductive health that engages human rights and gender equality concepts and methods.

Chernobyl

The Psychological and Welfare Consequences of the Chernobyl Disaster

Seeking to go beyond the well-documented health risks of radiation exposure, USC Institute for Global Health Director Jonathan Samet set out to research the overlooked psychological stress that impacted residents living near Chernobyl in Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Operation Smile International Family Study

The USC Institute for Global Health provides research and programmatic support for the International Family Study, an international collaboration with Operation Smile and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and also facilitates the Operation Smile Research Fellowship as part of the project.

Roles and Responsibilities in Realizing Health and Human Rights in the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

Roles and Responsibilities in Realizing Health and Human Rights in the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases

Experts from around the world who convened at USC in May 2013 to examine how the fields of public health and human rights can unite to tackle chronic illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

2014 mWellness Workshop

Global mWellness Workshop

As part of the “Be He@lthy, Be Mobile” initiative, the International Telecommunications Union and USC Institute for Global Health hosted a three-day workshop and accompanying side-events in 2014 focused on mHealth innovations and partnerships for wellness promotion.

Women's and children's health: evidence of impact of human rights

Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights

Program on Global Health & Human Rights professors Sofia Gruskin and Laura Ferguson contributed to the 2013 World Health Organization report “Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights.” 

Zumberge Project

Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Kenya

Funded by Zumberge, this project assessed the acceptability of a new policy on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV that was being pilot tested in two Kenyan referral hospitals.

Corporate Health & Wellness

The USC Institute for Global Health is working with American Cancer Society to study corporate health and wellness programming internationally in order to inform the society’s global cancer prevention programs, specifically regarding workplace wellness. 

General comment No. 15 (2013) on the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health

Interpreting the Child’s Right to Health

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has determined the need to better define the obligations of states and other actors in realizing the child’s right to health. Following an expert consultation, Professor Laura Ferguson was asked to lead the process of drafting a research document to support the Committee’s work.

Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments to Support the Enjoyment of Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls Affected by HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights was awarded a grant in 2014 by the United Nations Development Programme to carry out the mid-term review of the project “Strengthening Regional and National Legislative Environments to Support the Enjoyment of Human Rights of LGBT People and Women and Girls Affected by HIV and AIDS in…

Gender, Equity and Rights at the World Health Organization

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights commenced a new project with the World Health Organization’s Gender, Health Equity and Human Rights in August 2015 to assist with mainstreaming equity, human rights and gender within the WHO’s work.

Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project

The Program on Global Health & Human Rights began working on the Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Results Project with the World Bank in September 2014.

Cervical Cancer Storytelling in Zambia

USC Institute for Global Health representatives traveled to Zambia alongside American Cancer Society and Zambian Cancer Society in 2012 to meet and interview local cancer survivors, health workers and activists.

Maama Ne Maama

Drawing on the power of basic human storytelling and today’s low-cost communication technologies and media, Maama Ne Maama aims to increase the number of rural Ugandand mothers seeking skilled health care on the ground.

Uganda Parliament Gym

A Healthier You, A Healthier Uganda

The USC Institute for Global Health is working with the Uganda Ministry of Health to address the rising prevalence of chronic, non-communicable diseases like diabetes.

Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub

The Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub is a research and training center focused on environmental and occupational health in East Africa.

HIV Decision-Making and Linkages to Care: Research and Practice from Brazil

HIV Decision-Making and Linkages to Care: Research and Practice from Brazil

During their time as Program on Global Health & Human Rights fellows from 2013 to 2014, Eliana Zucchi, a doctoral student at Faculdade de Saúde Pública [School of Public Health] at University of São Paulo, Brazil, and Sarah MacCarthy, a postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, carried out HIV-related research focused mainly on Brazil.

1,000 Days Facebook Game

The USC Institute for Global Health and School for Cinematic Arts partnered with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition in 2011 to create a global health Facebook game featuring the importance of maternal and child nutrition.