SUNY Global Health Institute

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Providing Leadership across the SUNY System

The UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) is the administrative coordinating center for the SUNY Global Health Institutes’s (GHI) co-director. The institute enables global health programs at the SUNY academic health centers and system-wide across the campuses. It also fosters collaboration with corporate, economic and international partners as innovative leaders in education, training and research initiatives.

GHI is increasing SUNY-wide access and participation by students, faculty and staff in global-health research and education. It also promotes cross-campus faculty initiatives.

The institute uses an integrated approach to increase its competitive advantage when seeking funding from state, federal and international agencies, and philanthropic organizations.  

GHI is creating a consulting and services process for low income countries so they might access SUNY faculty / staff expertise in areas of clinical education and research program development.

Institute Goals

  • Develop inter-campus mechanisms for global health education that increase access and participation by SUNY students, faculty and staff.
  • Conduct innovative global health research that promotes collaboration among faculty initiatives across SUNY campuses.
  • Utilize an integrated approach for educational programs and research cores to increase competitiveness for funding from state, federal, and international funding agencies and philanthropic organizations.
  • Develop an educational services and consultative mechanism for resource limited countries to access SUNY faculty and staff with expertise in clinical education and research program development.


SUNY GHI Org Chart.

The SUNY GHI co-directors are Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH (Downstate Medical Center) and Gene D. Morse, PharmD (University at Buffalo).

The GHI includes: SUNY University at Albany, SUNY Binghamton University, SUNY University at Buffalo, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, SUNY Stony Brook University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, SUNY College of Optometry, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Executive Committee

Gene D. Morse, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS: Co-Director; SUNY Distinguished Professor, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; University at Buffalo, SUNY; PI: Fogarty International Center.

Jack A. DeHovitz, MD, MPH: Co-Director SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, SUNY Downstate Medical Center; PI: Fogarty International Center, AIDS Training and Research Program with Eastern Europe/Central Asia.

  • Christina Bloem, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate
  • Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
  • Lina Mu, PhD - Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Anna M Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MBA - Center for Global Health and Translational Science, Upstate Medical Center, SUNY
  • Mark Polhemus, MD - Center for Global Health and Translational Science, Upstate Medical Center, SUNY
  • Mark Stewart, PhD - Vice Dean for Research, SUNY Downstate Vice President for Research
  • Stephan Rinnert MD - Professor of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate
  • Pavani Ram, MD, MPH - School of Public Health, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Kelly Tooley, MEd, Fogarty International Center- HRTP, Program Administrator, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Mark Sedler, MD, MPH, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, SUNY
  • John Justino, MBA, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Jennifer Hue, OD, SUNY School of Optometry
  • Nathanial Cady, PhD, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Rong Zhao, PhD, Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology, Stony Brook University
  • Craig Lehmann, PhD, FACB, Dean, School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook University
  • Alaei Kamiar, MD, MS, Dr. Ph, Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, University at Albany
  • Kathryn B. Friedman, PhD, JD, Research Associate Professor, SUNY Research Foundation Presidential Fellow
  • Kingsley Osei, Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel, SUNY
  • Trevor Poag, EdD Director of Global Opportunities, Office of International Education, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • John Lindo, BSc, PhD, University of the West Indies Mona Campus


  • Arash Alaei , MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, University at Albany. Dr. Arash Alaei has been working on issues related to health and human rights for more than a decade, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS patients and injecting drug users in the Middle East and central Asia
  • Kamiar Alaei , MD, MS, PhD Public Service Professor in the departmet of Public Administration and Policy; Director International Academic Program, University at Albany; Director, Global Institute for Health and Human Rights.​ The focus of his research is on risk factors of HIV/AIDS and injecting drug use in developing countries.
  • Christina Bloem , MD, MPH  Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center/Kings County Hospital.  Founding member and President, EMEDEX International working in global emergency medicine systems development; International Director,Brazilian Association of Emergency Medicine.
  • Jay Brenner , MD is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Emergency Department, Community Campus and the director of the    International Emergency Medicine fellowship sponsored by the Upstate Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Sara Brenner,  MD is the assistant Vice President for NanoHealth Initatives and an Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience at SUNY Polytechnic.
  • David O. Carpenter , MD  Former Dean, School of Public Health, University at Albany. Currently Director, Institute for Health and the Environment which has been named a Collaborating Centre in Environmental Health by the World Health Organization.His research activities are focused on environmental causes of human disease. 
  • Brandon Eilertson, MD , Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, SUNY Downstate. Dr. Eilertson completed his fellowship in infectious diseases while researching genomic determinants of antibiotic resistance in M. tuberculosis. His chief research interest is the interplay between genetic background and transmission of antibiotic resistance specifically in Klebsiella pneumoniae and other Enterobacteriaceae. Current work examines the geographic dissemination of highly successful bacterial clones and associated  epidemiological risk factors. F luoroquinolone resistance in M. tuberculosis remains an area of interest. 
  • Peter Elkin, MD is  the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, and a Professor of Medicine, University at Buffalo. Dr. Elkin chairs the International Medical Informatics Associations Working Group on Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics.
  • Oscar G. Gomez-Duarte, MD, PhD: Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics at UB MD. The focus of his research is on childhood gastrointestinal infection and malnutrition in Colombia, Costa Rica and Pakistan. Dr. Gomez-Duarte established the International Enteric Vaccines Research Program (IEVRP) which has founded strong collaborations with international institutions in Latin America, South East Asia and the United States.
  • Maxine Gossell-Williams: BSc MPhil PhD; Lecturer at UWI Mona Campus. Isolation and pharmacological characterization of alkaloids from Trophis racemosa and Abutilon trisulcatum.
  • Marilyn Fraser, MD : Dr. Fraser is the Chief Executive Officer at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Brooklyn Health Disparities Center ( a collaboration of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President).  Dr. Fraser is a Fulbright Research Specialist scholar and a member of the Collaboration/Engagement Domain Taskforce (DTF) of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium.  
  • Arthur P Grollman , MD  Distinguished Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Evelyn G. Glick Professor of Experimental Medicine, Director of the Leo and Judy Zickler Laboratory of Chemical Biology, Stony Brook University. Research interests focus on biological consequences of DNA damage related to mechanisms of DNA replication, mutagenesis and DNA repair.
  • Jennifer Hue,OD Assistant Clinical Professor, SUNY College of Optometry. Dr. Hue assists the Office of International Affairs and developed an optometry summer internship. She has participated in an eye care medical mission trip in Jamaica and assists in local vision screenings.
  • Anna M. Stewart Ibarra , PhD, MPA  Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Director of the Latin America Research Program for the Center for Global Health and Translational Science, SUNY Upstate Medical University.
  • John G. Justino , MBA Clinical Associate Professor, University at Albany, Health Policy, Management and Behavior Department, School of Public Health; Director of the Center for Global Health. He has applied proven business, management and marketing practices to improve the health of vulnerable populations around the globe. 
  • Paul Landsbergis , PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, SUNY-Downstate School of Public Health. He is a Fogarty grant mentor to researchers in Brazil and Mexico, and co-author of a textbook on work organization and health in the global economy (Unhealthy Work, Baywood, 2009), available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Korean.
  • Shao Lin, MD, PhD  Research Associate Professor, Associate Director for Global Health Research, School of Public Health, University at Albany  Interests in Environmental and occupational epidemiology, maternal occupation or medication use on birth outcomes and asthma/respiratory diseases and environmental exposures.
  • Charles C. Maponga , PharmD, MPHE  Senior Lecturer and Director, School of Pharmacy, University of Zimbabwe (UZ); Director, International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research (IPERI), an initiative of UB and UZ linking the institutions to advance HIV Clinical Pharmacology research.
  • Thomas McIntyre, MD Assistant Professor, Downstate Medical Center, completed a Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he began his work with Partners in Health. He has focused his career on providing surgical care to traditionally underserved patient populations.
  • Lina Mu, MD, PhD  Associate Professor, University at Buffalo Research interests include environmental epidemiology, air pollution, water pollution, cancer molecular epidemiology (primarily lung cancer, breast cancer and Upper-GI cancers), gene-environment interaction, and cancer survival.
  • Sharon Nachman , MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, StonyBrook, NY; Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research SUNY Stony Brook.
  • Ming-Yu Ngai  PhD recieved his undergraduate education both in Hong Kong and the United States. He was introduced to research in chemistry as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Professor Wai-Kin Chan and Professor Chi-Ming Che, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science degree. He also performed his undergraduate research at the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Professor Michael S. VanNeuwenhze. He pursued graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his PhD in 2008.
  • James R. Olson, PhD  UB Distinguished Professor, Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health and Health Professions and Director of the Pharmacology and Toxicology undergraduate program and internationally recognized for his research in toxicology and environmental health sciences.
  • Mark E. Polhemus, MD  Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Director of the Center for Global Health and Translational Science, Upstate Medical   University. He has a broad area of expertise in translational science, clinical infectious disease, and overseas research development and collaboration.
  • Paras N. Prasad, PhD SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering He also holds the Samuel P. Capen Chair at the University at Buffalo and is the Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics.
  • Pavani Ram, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo  Current research includes evaluating the benefits of handwashing for preventing disease among vulnerable populations, such as infants and new mothers. Teaches Global Health and the Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and mentors in epidemiology, community health, health behavior.
  • Dr. Mukhtar M. Rana is a is a lecturer for the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Albany. He is pioneer and project leader of the SWANS (Semantic Web Accessibility Network Services) a research project.
  • Stephan Rinnert MD Dr. Rinnert is a Professor and Vice Chairman for education and faculty development of the Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital. Specializes in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine and is developing a center wide simulation and advanced learning resource facility. Iran, and Haiti.
  • Stanley A. Schwartz, MD, PhD  UB Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Chief of Medicine for Kaleida Health; Research interests include development of unique therapies for treatment of metastatic prostate cancer and chronic viral infections involving the brain using nanotechnology.
  • Mark J Sedler , MD, MPH  Associate Dean for Global Medical Education and Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, Stony Brook University. He is responsible for international and global health programs in the Health Sciences Center, including the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Social Work, and Health, Technology, and Management.
  • Yalani Senathirajah, PhD  She has extensive experience with web technologies and the use of technology for health interventions, having served in several research-oriented webmaster positions including five years as webmaster of the Columbia University Health sciences campus (a very large academic medical center), where she created/managed a large consumer-oriented health website and numerous other applications in support of research, education and patient care. Her research interests include clinical and public health informatics, including development of a novel user-composable electronic health record platform and research on its effects on medical cognition, human-computer interaction/efficiency, and system development.
  • Benjamin A Shaw, PhD, MPH  Director, Center for Social and Demographic Analysis. Studies quality of life during old age, smoking and alcohol use among the elderly.
  • Jennifer D Stanger , MD, MSc  Assistant Professor of Surgery, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University Active in a pediatric surgical program in Ugandar and building an international surgery initiative.
  • Andrew H. Talal, MD, MPH   Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University at Buffalo conducts translational research in hepatitis C and studies viral decay and drug concentrations in the liver.
  • Scott Tenenbaum , PhD  Associate Professor of Nanobioscience at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany-SUNY. The focus of his research project is RNA and RNA-binding proteins. Most recently, he is focused on developing an RNA nano-switch technology  called sxRNA to be used as a molecular tool, a diagnostic and as a therapeutic.
  • Carol Whittaker, MA, MPA  Associate Director for Global Academic Programs, Assistant Dean for Global Health Works with students and faculty interested in research, internships, and study abroad opportunities and developing a Certificate in Global Health as a complement to the MPH degree.

Advisory Board

The SUNY Global Health Institute is currently establishing an Advisory Board that will include members from regional and national agencies, international partners, business community members and students.

Implementation Task Force

The SUNY Global Health Institute Implementation Task Force is composed of individuals from across the SUNY system who bring expertise and energy to the planning and implementation process.

  • Christina Bloem, MD, MPH Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate
  • Sally Crimmins Villela, SUNY Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
  • Lina Mu, PhD - Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Anna M Stewart-Ibarra, PhD, MBA - Center for Global Health and Translational Science, Upstate Medical Center, SUNY
  • Mark Polhemus, MD - Center for Global Health and Translational Science, Upstate Medical Center, SUNY
  • Mark Stewart, PhD - Vice Dean for Research, SUNY Downstate Vice President for Research
  • Stephan Rinnert MD - Professor of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate
  • Pavani Ram, MD, MPH - School of Public Health, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Kelly Tooley, MEd, Fogarty International Center- AITRP, Program Administrator, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Mark Sedler, MD, MPH, School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, SUNY
  • John Justino, MBA, University at Albany, SUNY
  • Jennifer Hue, OD, SUNY School of Optometry
  • Nathanial Cady, PhD, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • Rong Zhao, PhD, Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology, Stony Brook University
  • Craig Lehmann, PhD, FACB, Dean, School of Health Technology and Management, Stony Brook University
  • Alaei Kamiar, MD, MS, Dr. Ph, Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, University at Albany
  • Kathryn B. Friedman, PhD, JD, Research Associate Professor, SUNY Research Foundation Presidential Fellow
  • Kingsley Osei, Associate Counsel, Office of General Counsel, SUNY

SUNY GHI Virtual Grand Rounds


Monthly SUNY GHI holds virtual grand rounds with distinguished speakers. Previous Grand Rounds include:

  • Connections Betyween Diet and Metal Exposures in Urban Uruguyan Children - Watch here
  • Global Hazards of Herbal Remedies: Lessons from Aristolochia - Watch here
  • Global Health for the Warfighter: Military Preparedness Includes Global Health Preparedness - Watch here
  • The Global Emergence of Mosquito-borne Disease in the Americas:  Chapter 4 – Zika - Watch here
  • Infections Seeking Refugee - Infections in an increasingly Displaced World - Watch here
  • Current Public Health Challenges in Kazakhstan and Ukraine NYS-ITRP and Visiting Faculty from KMNU and SPH NaUKMA) - Watch here
  • We Are Only Killing Ourselves: How the current global health intervention paradigm may be causing more harm than good - Watch here

Global Partners

The SUNY Global Health Institute has numerous global partners that have established education and research programs with the SUNY academic health centers. One of the goals of the SUNY GHI is to build on existing partnerships and include countries in ongoing collaborations to build the scope of the partnerships. Countries that identify a need that has already been developed with another country will be able to forge new interactions that will accelerate program development to address global health challenges.

Global Partners Table

University at Buffalo

University at Albany

Downstate Medical Center

Upstate Medical University

Stony Brook University

College of Optometry














Costa Rica






Dominican Republic























Puerto Rico























































Saudi Arabia
























South Korea






The SUNY Global Health Institute provides an outstanding infrastructure for grant applications, academic-corporate partnerships, philanthropic contributions and international economic development programs. The initiatives that are currently ongoing, as well as the planned expansion of partnerships, will create a national model for integrating regional global health programs with the rapidly evolving global community.

Academic-Business Partnerships: There has been an increasing trend to promote partnerships between academia and business as reflected in the Power of SUNY  initiative. This model provides an excellent opportunity for academic programs to incorporate key components of business development into education and research programs while allowing business partners to access SUNY global health investigators and systemwide resources. In addition, SUNY incubators and innovation hot spots provide outstanding opportunities for global health investment and technology development.

Economic Development

The SUNY system of universities and colleges are geographically dispersed in a network that provides a prime opportunity for surrounding regions to partner with ongoing global health activities. Regional programs that offer economic opportunity to New York State are likely to be models that can facilitate technology transfer and workforce development in the countries that are SUNY GHI partners. The collaboration among New York State government leadership, regional economic councils and corporate leaders will provide an innovative component that makes the SUNY Global Health Institute a unique global partner with New York State roots.

Educational Services & Consultative

Global Health Education

SUNY faculty and staff have established numerous educational programs, within the SUNY campus system, and within international partner countries and academic institutions. The SUNY GHI provides an efficient infrastructure for finding these global health education opportunities for current students and faculty. Immediate goals for the SUNY GHI include:

Sharing existing resources

  1. Creation of a directory of sites for clinical training/fieldwork.
  2. Creation of a directory of coursework and service learning opportunities through distance learning hosted by SUNY campuses.
  3. Analysis of existing coursework available at SUNY campuses in order to assess potential for creation of a global health certificate.
  4. Initiation of a virtual global health grand rounds program in early 2014, with campuses sharing responsibility for monthly speakers.

Build Capacity of Health Professionals: SUNY and International Partners

  1. Assessment of areas of cross-campus expertise for development of robust distance learning programs for purposes of capacity building
    • Areas of expertise/content
    • Intended target audience
    • Platform for communication
    • Potential faculty
    • Funding requirements
  2. Analysis of potential training grant/Fulbright opportunities for developing capacity of low- and middle-income country investigators
  3. Inventory of existing student/faculty exchange programs and assessment of potential expansion of existing exchange programs

Commercialization and Business Incubators

The SUNY GHI will provide a mechanism for virtual entry into the research resources of the SUNY campus system. Core facilities, research centers, NYSTAR Centers of Excellence, Technology Incubators and Innovation Hot Spots as well as capacity building and formalized research training programs are active across the SUNY system and will provide the foundation for the GHI to extend current partnerships and expand to include additional global partners.

New York State Centers of Excellence: The Centers of Excellence Program supports major upgrades of research facilities and other high technology and biotechnology capital projects, allowing colleges, universities and research institutions to secure research funding that will lead to new job creation. In total, these initiatives are expected to leverage new private sector and other contributions of more than $1 billion. More...  

New York State Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program: The New York State Business Incubator and Innovation Hot Spot Program was enacted as part of the 2013-14 State Budget and provides significant financial support for business incubators in the state. ESD administers the Innovation Hot Spot and New York State Business Incubator program. Through a competitive process, ESD has designated ten Innovation Hot Spots and ten New York State Business Incubators and provides funding to expand services and assist a greater number of early stage companies. Successful applicants were chosen based on their suite of services recognized as “best practices” as defined by the National Business Incubator Association. More....  

New York State Innovation Hot Spots: The New York State Innovation Hot Spot Program establishes one regional hot spot for the support of entrepreneurial activity per economic development region in the state. The goals of each of the ten New York State Innovation Hot Spot is to coordinate regional activities, build regional and inter regional collaboration and offer a broad array of services based on best practices to help entrepreneurs and small businesses bring their ideas to market. In addition to these basic goals each Innovation Hot Spot also focusses on particular regional focuses that serves the regional strength or dominate industry in their region. Each one of the ten NYS Innovation Hot Spots also has the ability to also offer the Innovation Hot Spot Tax benefits to its partner companies that are in their formative stage of development to ensure that they have the needed resources to grow and create jobs. More....

Resources and Programs

SUNY Albany

  • Center for Global Health  – engages with a wide range of partners around the world to create educational programs, collaborative research initiatives, and health promotion interventions to help solve today’s most critical global health problems.Internship Directors: John Justino, Director (; Carol Whittaker, Associate Director for Global Academic Programs (; Global Health Seminars; Contact: School of Public Health; University at Albany; One University Place; Rensselaer, NY 12144; Phone (518) 402-0283; Fax (518) 402-0329
  1. Partnerships with priority countries
  2. Programs as enriching opportunities for students
  3. International internships - The Center for Global Health (CGH) works with our partners around the world to create meaningful global health internship opportunities for eligible students.
  • International School of Public Health in Tbilisi, Georgia  – UA School of Public Health alumni uses their public health training to lead the International School of Public Health (ISPH). Students from ISPH are sent to UA to take courses in public health that will prepare them for the Master of Public Health program.
  • Peace Corps Master’s International Program  – unique opportunity for students to meet their Master of Public Health (MPH) internship requirements while fulfilling their dream of serving in the Peace Corps.
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Programs  – graduate fellowship program for returned Peace Corps Volunteers that represents a unique opportunity for Volunteers to complete their graduate studies while also fulfilling the third goal of the Peace Corps service: helping Americans learn more about and better understand the cultures of other countries around the world.
  • Educational Exchange and Service Learning Program  – Master of Public Health (MPH) students are required to participate in international internships to gain experiential learning outside the walls of the classroom.     
  • Global Health Certificate – designed to equip graduate students, doctors, and other public health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the complexities and realities of global health – 15 credit certificate.
  • Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR)–The GIHHR aims to facilitate a deeper understanding of the intersection between health and human rights, with concentration on developing new innovative community based, culturally respected integrated approaches on a Human Rights Based Approach to HIV/AIDS prevention, reduction of drugs related harms, and maternal and child care to develop interdisciplinary innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in conservative settings through research, education, policy, advocacy and development.
  • Global Health Research and Service Fund – an accessible way to directly donate to global health efforts and support the students, faculty, and staff participating.
  • School Work Student Exchange, Hallym University, South Korea – allow for students to learn about the welfare of another country and encourage yearly student and faculty exchanges.
  • Office of International Education – offers study abroad programs for students which stimulates internationalization with a focused attention on global health.
  • The RNA Institute  - conducts cutting-edge research for development and delivery of innovative medicines, vaccines and diagnostics. Leading researchers from around the globe can collaborate on investigative efforts into designing RNA technologies and drug therapies for the treatment of such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, ALS, and drug-resistant infections.
    RNA Institute Hosted Symposium on RNA Science and Its Applications

  • Advanced Certificate Program in International Health and Human Rights: The primary objective of the program is to provide professionals and students with a framework for understanding health and human rights as a single issue area and for advocating that access to quality health care is a human right . The elective courses can be selected from a list of offered courses at UAlbany or the partner institutions in the Capital Region (including Albany Law School, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Union Graduate College)

SUNY Binghamton

  • The International Page is a portal to Binghamton’s international programs, including study abroad, research opportunities, and more.
  • The Center of Excellence at SUNY Binghamton, aka The Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S³IP) Center is a research and development organization that addresses research challenges in small scale system design, process development, prototyping, and manufacturing for academia and the microelectronics industry.
  • SUNY Binghamton hosted a Global Health Conference on April 15, 2016 – the local news wrote a short summary and posted a video here

SUNY Buffalo

  • Global Health Initiative – UB’s students and faculty from many disciplines initiative toward global health and well-being through research, educational programs, and mission trips.
    1. Various research projects in many disciplines
    2. Global Health courses to help incorporate a global perspective into one’s study
    3. Scholarships and Grants
    4. Fellowships, Internships, Jobs
    5. Study Abroad
    6. Volunteer
  • Global Health Fund – one portion of Giving to UB program designed to raise funds to support international outreach from research opportunities to supplies and equipment for international populations.
  • Public Health: Dr. Pavani Ram’s focus is fighting diseases that kill children through the use of low tech solutions that make high impacts such as hand-washing. Incorporation of a sanitation program in four countries: Peru, Senegal, Tanzania and Vietnam.
  • UB’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) – united with Quisqueya University in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in Haiti to provide educational seminars and research teaching how to construct buildings to withstand earthquake disasters.
  • Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) – School of Dental Medicine organization initiated by UB dental students and aims to serve underserved populations in oral health within WNY as well as internationally.
  • UB-UZ AIDS HIV Research Training Program (HRTP): Collaboration of University at Buffalo and University of Zimbabwe post-graduate fellowship training with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS clinical pharmacology designed to train young professionals of UZ to incorporate practices in Zimbabwe.
  • UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (UBARI) – purpose of UBARI is to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct interdisciplinary joint research in the social and behavioral sciences as it relates to identified areas of need, such as HIV/AIDS, trauma, extreme events and disaster management, community development, mental health and alcohol abuse. Location: India. UB School of Social Work.
  • Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement (ISGE) – promote and support global engagement and collaboration among researchers and faculty with common interests in research internationally. UB School of Social Work.
  • The Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute (IRRI) – create and share practical knowledge with immigrants and refugees to improve their lives in the region, nation, and world by conducting research on issues such as physical, mental and behavioral health to improve their welfare. UB School of Social Work.
  • International Health Interest Group (IHIG) – provides information about current international health issues and research, funding sources for international trips and a supportive environment for students pursuing research or other education internationally. Medical Student Organization.
  •  UB partners on pesticide project in Egypt – study of pesticide workers in Egypt and to what extent the pesticide’s dangers as a neurotoxin affect those workers and ways to reduce exposures. No adequate protective gear to keep safe from pesticide. Study done under James Olson and Matthew Bonner. Collaboration with universities in Oregon, Egypt and Washington.
  • UB-led health care team to help Jamaica fight HIV and HCV – developing a partnership with Jamaica Ministry of Health to create programs in the study and treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C. Training professionals in laboratory sciences and HIV implementation research. The UB team led by Charles L. Anderson, MD, and Gene D. Morse, PharmD, UB Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences partner with Beverly Joy, executive director of the Jamaican and American Association of Buffalo, as well as other Buffalo-Jamaica groups.
  • University at Buffalo sponsored the Refugee Health Summit intended to improve the health and healthcare of refugees in WNY. UB medical residents and physicians gather the opportunity to be trained in providing culturally engaged care. Refugees also learn about health and health systems – university-community partnership.
  • International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiative (IPERI) – NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences collaborate to help universities and investigators around the world such as transferring clinically proven technology.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA) -- undergraduate research pairing students with faculty members/mentors.

                 CURCA Research under CIGBS:

                        a.       HIV/AIDS Clinical Pharmacology Research Program (Primary Mentor: Dr. Gene Morse)

                        b.      Medication Management Research Network (Primary Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Lombardo)

                        c.       HIV/AIDS Translational Pharmacology Research Core (Primary Mentor: Dr. Qing Ma)

                        d.      International Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Initiative (Primary Mentor: Dr. Chiedza Maponga) – uses education, research and technology transfer to promote sustainable access to essential drugs in developing countries. Collaborative efforts of CBLS and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences working with investigators around the world.

  • Infectious Disease Ontology – a mainframe for collected data from research on infectious diseases so comparison of results can occur. It is a more convenient way to keep track of the rising global infectious diseases and drug-resistant infections.
  • BioPharma Ireland– partnership with Ireland in providing the bioinformatics portion of COE an international connection. Ireland has strong computer and pharmaceutical industries.
  • UB Center for Computational Research – providing students, faculty, and staff access to computing and visualization resources.
    1. Educational & Outreach – educational and training programs for middle school and high school students and teachers as well as a graduate certificate program in computational science
    2. Research  projects that contribute and complement global health research
  • Global HIV Pharmacology workshop hosted by UB in attempt to showcase collaborative approaches to HIV/AIDS clinical and translational pharmacology research.
  • InterVol  – UB partners with InverVol for their Buffalo branch. They collect medical supplies that are outdated to U.S. standards and ship them off to underserved communities all over the world where healthcare resources are low.

College of Optometry

  • The Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry is a joint project of SUNY College of Optometry, Wenzhou Medical University and the Chinese government through Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban), a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. The Confucius Institute at SUNY College of Optometry provides Chinese Language and Culture courses and Tai Chi courses, holds a variety of events on language, culture and Healthcare, and is a center for Chinese language tests including HSK, HSKK and BCT tests.
  • The Wenzhou Medical University has a partnership with the SUNY College of Optometry. The site is the clinical training base for the National Optometry Center of Ministry of Public Health, identified as the leader in vision science research by the Ministry of Health P.R. China and the province. A faculty member from WMC has been elected the chairperson of the China Optometry Academy.
  • The Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research - The scientific researchers associated with the Institute are engaged in a wide variety of vision research projects. The SIVR coordinates a colloquium series, supports collaborative clinical research, small clinical research projects and innovative vision science research. The activities for the current year are shown in the SIVR Annual Report.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

  •  New York State International Training and Research Program (NYS-ITRP) - an international training and research program focused on building HIV and infectious diseases research capacity in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is cooperatively administered by the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center (SUNY-DMC), and the State University of New York School of Public Health at Albany (SUNY-SPH). Building on twenty years of experience in the region, the NYS-ITRP goal is to train the next generation of research scientists to confront the challenges of HIV disease in Former Soviet Union states. Funding is provided by the Fogarty International Center and the CDC.

SUNY Stonybrook

  • The Stony Brook Global Health Institute will be heading up a health science research center tasked with leveraging the unique opportunity afforded by the complex ecosystem of Madagascar and its connection with the Malagasy people. The Stony Brook Global Health Institute will collaborating with PIVOT — a new nongovernmental organization co-founded by the Herrnsteins and incubated by global health giant Partners in Health — to establish a sustainable healthcare infrastructure in one of the world’s poorest nations.
  • Global Medical Education - At Stony Brook Medicine we recognize the importance of global medical education and encourage students to gain first-hand experience at an international site.  We have developed a number of opportunities around the world that offer clinical, research, and cultural/language immersion.
  • Medicine International Research Fellowship - Students who are interested in carrying out a research project at an international site may apply for funding through the Stony Brook Medicine International Research program.
  • The Scholarly Concentration in Global Health Track - For those students who would like to make a 4-year commitment to a scholarly concentration in global health there is a specialized academic track.

SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • The Center for Global Health & Translational Science (CGHATS) is a consortium for the global health activities at Upstate Medical University. We provide opportunities for collaboration and partnerships with other resources and groups in Central New York as well as internationally.
  • A news article - Upstate Medical University has partnered with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) in the development of a dengue human infection model (DHIM). USAMRMC will invest up to $12 million over the next 3.5 years to fund five FDA-regulated clinical trials in which healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 45 can volunteer to participate.

Educational Opportunities

SUNY Albany

1) Global Health Courses
      Department: Political Science/Health POlicy, Management and Behavior 
      College/School: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy/School of Public Health
      Instructors: Kamiar Alaei and Arash Alaei 
           -Health and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 credits) (TSPH272/TPOS272)- offered at Honor College 
           -Health and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (HPM 486, 3 credits) 
           -Health and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach: HPM 586, RPOS 586, 3 credits)
*new*  -Global Health Diplomacy and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach ( UNNI 350-10674)

2)  World of Global medicine and Human Rights- Living learning Community- The World of Global Medicine and Human rights is a community for biology, pre-health and public health majors.  It is especially great for students interested in health care professions (medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, nursing).  As a member of this living-learning community, incoming freshman live with and take some courses with other students who have similar interests.


3)  Graduate Certificates

Global Health Certificate- The University at Albany School of Public Health offers a fifteen-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The Certificate is designed to equip graduate students, doctors, and other public health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the complexities and realities of global health. Participants of the program will enhance their capacity to design, manage, support and evaluate global health interventions


Advance Certificate in International Health and Human Rights- This certificate program is intended to meet the needs of students and professionals from the fields of health care, law, and public policy who want to gain practical knowledge in the field of international health and human rights.  The primary objective of the program is to provide a framework for understanding health and human rights as a single-issue area and for advocating that health is a fundamental human right-regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, tradition, or social status


SUNY Binghamton

Information coming soon

SUNY Buffalo

1) Global Health Courses - Winter 2016 (Through Office of Global Health Initiatives)

GEO 334:  International Business Cultures- Introduces students to the interconnections among culture, social expectations, and international business. Covers cross-cultural communication and negotiation, cross-cultural management and alliance formation, and corporate social and environmental responsibility. The course is designed to challenge students to understand difference and to overcome stereotypes in thinking about the operation of business in different parts of the world.

GEO 403: The Globalization of Africa- This class is designed to examine the impact of globalization within the bounds of Sub-Saharan Africa. From colonization to free trade, Africa’s natural resources have been an attraction to outsiders. How has Sub-Saharan Africa been positively and negatively impacted by this history of globalization? How have trade patterns changed over the centuries? How is modern day globalization and foreign invest changing the culture and economy of these nations? Through the use of case studies, videos, interactive websites and lectures, we will begin to understand how globalization has impacted Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) differently than the rest of the world.

Study Abroad Tanzania: Community Development in Context- This winter session course is open to students from any U.S. institution with a focus on examining community development through four interrelated lenses: education, health, economics, and infrastructure.  Through this unique 12-day experiential learning course, students will travel to a rural region of Northern Tanzania in Sub-Saharan Africa. Armed with pre-trip readings and guiding questions, students will engage in high-impact activities designed to foster critical reflection and transformative learning. Trip highlights will include visits to community development projects, clinics and schools; engagement with local villagers, community leaders, and educators; and a guided safari through the famed Serengeti Game Preserve. For more information, contact Mara Huber, Register now, only a few spots are left. 

Global Health Courses through Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomed

 FMD 89:-A Cross-Cultural Medicine, 4 credits- This elective will allow senior medical students to work under supervision in selected clinical sites in developing countries.

 Global Health Scholar Residency Track- Refine your core primary care skills and enhance your cultural competency caring for    underserved patients in developing countries — as well as right here in Buffalo.

2) Global Health Trips- Students across the first three years of medical school may participate in our supervised, weeklong global health trips.

Haiti- We live in — and work out of — a high school in Fontaine, a rural village in northeastern Haiti. We partner with Friends of Fontaine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting community-based development in this region.During our stay, we convert classrooms into clinic space and provide basic primary care. This includes health education, prenatal care, mental health counseling, minor surgery and other procedures. Haitian translators help us communicate with our patients.Before traveling to Haiti, our students organize fundraisers to defray the cost of the medicine and medical supplies we bring.This trip takes place during both winter and spring breaks.In the winter, it’s designated for second- and third-year students; in the spring, for first- and second-year students.

Panama- We travel by boat to several rural coastal communities, providing primary care to patients in makeshift clinics we establish at each site. We partner with Floating Doctors, a volunteer organization that offers health care services and medical supplies to isolated regions.This trip takes place during spring break. It’s designated for first- and second-year students.As we don’t travel with translators, you’re expected to speak Spanish with your patients.

Peru- During this trip, we provide medical care to residents of Yantalo, a small community in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.We work in a new clinic built by our partner, the Yantalo Foundation, a U.S. organization that helps meet Yantalo’s health and education needs. Before traveling to Peru, our students organize fundraisers to defray the cost of the medicine and medical supplies we bring.This trip takes place during spring break. It’s designated for first- and second-year students.We prefer that students speak at least basic Spanish, but it’s not required.

3) International Volunteer Opportunities (Through Global Health Initiatives Office)

Unite For Site Global Impact Corps- Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for its volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with its partners.

Web-Based Statistics Mentoring- Would you like to mentor a PhD or master's statistics student in a developing country remotely over the Internet? Join at The program, sponsored by the International Statistical Institute and Bernoulli Society aims to build statistical capacity in developing regions of the world. Statisticians play key roles in data collection, analysis and decision making in a number of fields around the world but often the resources and infrastructure are limited in developing communities. Members use the Internet to create individual mentor relationships in communities throughout Africa and Asia. The mentoring program is based in Oslo, Norway, and managed by Magne Aldrin and ArnoldoFrigessi.Contact for details  

4) Study Abroad Programs (Through Global Health Initiatives Office)

University at Buffalo: Health in Brazil- University at Buffalo's Department of Rehabilitation Science offers an intensive 3-credit elective summer course, Health in Brazil. The course focuses on comparisons between health services in the United States and Brazil and partners with faculty and students from the UniversidadePresidente Antonio Carlos (UNIPAC).

University at Buffalo: Dental Medicine Outreach- BOCA (Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance) organizes several outreach programs in the United States and various international locations every year, typically for a one week duration during Spring Break of Summer.  These programs offer our dental students and our faculty members the opportunity to provide donated dental care to underserved communities, and gain valuable experiences while helping others.

University at Buffalo: Belize Service Learning- The University at Buffalo School of Nursing is offering a Service-Learning Trip to Belize during the winter session. This experience serves as an interactive course that prepares students to care for the global population. Students will travel to Belize and perform nursing care under the instruction of the nursing faculty. Students will provide care in both the village and hospital settings. The University at Buffalo is partnering with International Service Leaning (ISL) to provide the itinerary for the Belize experience. Students will begin the program with orientation sessions that include an overview of the history, culture, and health care system of Belize. Online modules will be completed during the first week of the January intercession. One face to face seminar will take place at the University at Buffalo during this week to prepare students to care for the patients in Belize. Students will present a final project about their experience upon return to the United States during the third week of the intercession.

University at Buffalo: Sustainable Futures, Costa Rica- Sustainable Futures is a ten-week course open to graduate students in architecture, landscape architecture and planning programs, and also by arrangement to students entering their fourth or fifth year of related programs. The program offers 12-13 credits through the University at Buffalo’s fully accredited graduate programs in planning and architecture or through our program partners. The credits are transferable to other universities.

State University of New York at Geneseo: Global Health in Ghana- Interested in understanding public health and significant biological issues important in global health through planned cultural and ecological excursions in a low-income country? The SUNY Geneseo global health course in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana, is a faculty-led, four-week summer program. Students partner and share classes with students from the participating university, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

University of Washington: Global Health in Cambodia- The course focuses on health and human rights of children, particularly those with disabilities. The course explores Cambodia’s health system and studies children’s rights from legal and health services perspectives. 

College of Optometry

Information coming soon.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

  • AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) Partner countries: Georgia; Kazakhstan; Russia; Ukraine.
    Funded by a Fogarty International Center (FIC) grant (1993-2010). The goal of this training program is to create and sustain a new generation of public health leaders and academic investigators trained in population-based and biomedical interventions that can collaboratively prevent the transmission and progression of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

            Program Director: Jack A. DeHovitz, MD, MPH
            Program Coordinators: Konstantin Tchergueiko: , David Odegaard:  

  • International Division of the Department of Emergency Medicine

            The Division supports sustainable development of emergency medical systems worldwide through education-based projects.  Projects have included emergency medicine curriculum development for residency programs, faculty development in emergency medicine, training in emergency ultrasound, disaster preparedness and management, pediatric emergency medicine courses, and educational exchange for faculty, resident physicians, and medical students.Partner countries: Haiti, Brazil, India, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, El Salvador

            Program Director: Christina Bloem, MD MPH:  

  • International Emergency Medicine Fellowship – Educates emergency physicians in the development of emergency medicine systems abroad, establishment of emergency medicine as a specialty, international humanitarian work in emergency medicine, disaster medicine, and global public health.

            Fellowship Director: Christina Bloem, MD MPH:

  • Global Health Club  – Forum for students who are interested in global health to share ideas and resources.
      Contact Information: OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
                                             450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 85
                                             BSB 1-114
                                             Brooklyn, NY 11203-2098
                                             Phone: (718) 270-2187
                                             Fax: (718) 270-7592
  • Global Health Lecture Series– Elective for medical students interested in global health, covering a range of topics in global health, as well as discussions around career options in global health.

            Course Directors: Christina Bloem, MD MPH and Jack DeHovitz, MD MPH

  • Global Health Elective: Topics in Global Health- The purpose of this course is to introduce future healthcare providers to a selection of issues affecting the health of populations in developing countries. The focus is on major contributions to the burden of disease in the developing world. However rather than attempting to cover every area with the purview of global health, we seek to expose students to topics in research and practice that will provoke discussion and insight into this diverse and growing field. For students who are I interested in conducting work or research abroad, this course may aid in gaining knowledge for future career options as well as improve critical thinking on the role of the clinicians in global health. Additionally, students who attend and participate actively in the course should gain insight into global health issues affecting patients in increasingly diverse domestic communities.

            Course Director: Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH
            P: (718)-270-1069
            Contact: Michael Montuori:

            Enrollment Information:
            Available to MS1-MS4, Nursing, CHRP
            Course Length: 10 weeks (October-January)
            Course meets from 5-6:30pm
            Min enrollment 5 students

  • Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO)

            Host Institute – international medical students who wish to do an elective through the GHLO program at SUNY Downstate.

                            Contact: OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
                            450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 85
                            BSB 1-114
                            Brooklyn, NY 11203-2098
                            Phone: (718) 270-2187
                            Fax: (718) 270-7592

            Home School  - Only senior year medical students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for a GHLO elective to learn at a medical school in another country.

            Contact: Ms. Sandra Mingo in the Office of the Registrar by email (

SUNY Stonybrook

Information Coming Soon

SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • Research and Internship Opportunities in Ecuador- The Center for Global Health and Translational Science (CGHATS) has been supporting a vibrant research program on emerging infectious diseases and public health interventions in southern coastal Ecuador since 2012, in partnership with Ecuadorian and U.S. universities and the Ministry of Health. We work with U.S. student interns and trainees in Ecuador with a broad range of backgrounds, from undergraduate students  to post-doctoral level trainees.  Students have spent anywhere from 2 weeks to 12 months working with our team. We welcome candidates who are interested in developing externally funded projects. For more information, please contact Ms. Tina Lupone at or visit
  • PRVM 6426 : Medical- Spanish Immersion through the Centers for Inter-American Studies (CEDEI) in Cuenca, Ecuador- CEDEI is one of CGHATS key partners in the region. The Centers for Interamerican Studies (CEDEI) is a not-for-profit institution of higher learning, dedicated to the study of American languages and cultures in Cuenca, Ecuador. It was founded in 1992 in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the meeting of the Old and New Worlds. To foster understanding among the people of the Americas, CEDEI sponsors a variety of academic activities independently and in conjunction with universities in North and South America. CEDEI offers several programs throughout the year, including credit- bearing programs for those looking for University credit and Spanish immersion for non- students and professionals. Flexible, non-credit Spanish immersion classes and  volunteer opportunities, as well as medical Spanish courses are also available at CEDEI. The main CEDEI center is situated in the beautiful colonial heart of Cuenca, just a few blocks from the central plaza, Parque Calderón. The main building, originally a colonial house, is home to the Department of International Programs and the Spanish Language Department. The rooftop study area, various classrooms, and central location offer a wonderful setting for students to study, relax and take part in cultural dance and cooking classes.
  • CEDEI Medical Spanish Immersion Program (2 weeks)- Students are based in the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, for two weeks of intensive medical Spanish language training (20 hours of grammar, 20 hours of conversational Spanish) and exposure to the health system of Ecuador, through visits to clinics and hospitals. Students will be placed with a homestay family for the duration of the program.Cost: $1450 (includes tuition, food and lodging) - 2 weeks
  • CEDEI Public Health Field Placement and Clinical Rotations (2 weeks- 2 months)- Following the language immersion program, student interns will be placed with a public health non-profit organization or hospital/clinic in Cuenca. Students will continue to stay with their homestay family. Alternatively, students could be placed with Ministry of Health clinics or hospitals in Machala, the site of ongoing SUNY UMU dengue surveillance research.
  • PRVM 6427 : Ecuador CEDEI and Infectious Disease Research Field placement in Machala, Ecuador (4 weeks to one year)- Following the language immersion program, students will travel to Machala, Ecuador, where they will form part of a team of investigators conducting research on infectious diseases in the southern coastal city of Machala, Ecuador. Student projects will depend on the individual’s skills and prior professional experience. Cost: Approximately $1000 per month for food and lodging. Additional costs (e.g., travel in-country, materials, supplies, site usage fee) may be incurred depending on the student’s research project.