Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Global Health Society


A few of the most common questions that we receive.

What is Global Health?

Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care (Koplan 2009).

What does the Global Health Society do?

Our group, commonly known simply as GHS, performs a wide range of tasks throughout the school year. From hosting academic events such as lectures by visiting scholars to holding social events like student and faculty mixers. In addition, we attempt to assist students with an interest in global health in finding exciting opportunities to work and study abroad by keeping a list of positions in a diverse set of research areas and geographic locations or by putting them in contact with appropriate faculty and researchers.

How can I join?

Simply email us at and let us know that you'd like to receive our updates! We send regular reminders of our meetings, pertinent global health opportunities, and other relevant events throughout the academic year. Just show up and get to know more about who we are and what we do around campus!