The CGH mission is to improve health equity worldwide – through enhanced public health awareness and access to care, discovery and outcomes based research, and comprehensive educational programs grounded in partnership.

Message from the Director


CGH activities rest on four pillars: Build tomorrow's leaders in global health, Address global health imperatives, Support regional centers of engagement in underserved locations, and unite the Penn global health community.

  • Tomorrow's Global Health Leaders
    This program will foster the development of junior and senior colleagues at Penn with interests in global health, as well as colleagues at our international partner institutions. Tomorrow's Global Health Leaders will also support bi-directional exchange and training activities that promote wellness and that sustain the provision of health training, care and research in concert with our partners.
  • Global Health Imperatives
    This program addresses health disparities through clinical care and research in connection with the following global health imperatives: oncology, women’s health, infectious disease and mobile health technology
  • Regional Centers of Engagement
    This program adopts a comprehensive team-oriented approach, integrating each of our missions in education, care, research and service with those of committed partners, including local governments, organizations and foundations, as well as other academic institutions. Centers of Engagement are located in Africa, Latin America and North America.
  • Global Health Community
    This program unites and supports our students, staff and faculty with a passion for global health, strengthens the bonds within Penn, and embraces our global colleagues as essential members of this effort. The scope of Community activities includes formal and informal workshops, pilot projects, and seminars and symposia. Activities span the Perelman School of Medicine departments, centers and institutes, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and bridge the multiple schools at Penn and with other Universities.


The vision of CGH is "a healthy world". By advancing programs on these four fronts, the Center is poised to expand Penn's global profile and help make that vision a reality.