Global Health Forum Speaker Series

In collaboration with its Faculty Fellows, EGHI coordinates two to four Global Health Forums each academic year. Each forum tackles a different timely global health topic with the goal of emphasizing the multidisciplinary aspect of global health work. An EGHI global health forum typically follows a panel discussion format and includes Emory faculty members and visiting scholars/panelists with expertise in the forum topic. Faculty Fellows from each Emory school are encouraged to participate in the development and implementation of the Global Health Forum Speaker Series throughout the year. This program is one way EGHI connects faculty from across campus around global health issues.

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Decolonizing Global Health Series

There have been numerous recent efforts to “decolonize” global health. While there is still uncertainty about what this entails, we decolonization as acknowledging the Eurocentric conception of fabricated class, caste, religious and ethnic superiority and actively working to dismantle these hierarchies and rebalance global health.

Decolonization also involves reclaiming indigenous sovereignty on stolen lands. For example, global health research should be based on equitable partnerships with local institutions setting the research agenda, leading studies, and publications should include and be led by local researchers. Examples in global health education include acknowledging the history of colonialism in global health in training global health students across disciplines, including materials written by authors from marginalized groups, and working with global partners to introduce a variety of perspectives into curricula.

In global healthcare systems, this can include advocating for reparative justice in healthcare delivery, focusing service learning and medical tourism on benefits for local communities rather than the foreign travelers, and relying on compassion and grassroots efforts in designing and implementing healthcare institutions.

Decolonizing global health also means not engaging with institutions that are an active part of settler colonial projects and instead engage with indigenous communities in their struggle for decolonization.

The Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) hosted a series of webinars that focused on decolonizing global health. Content from the EGHI Decolonizing Global Health Series was compiled into 5 short modules with accompanying discussion questions:  

Video Modules

Webinar Recordings


Readings & Discussion Questions

Christianity’s Role in United States Global Health and Development Policy: To Transfer the Empire of the World (Routledge, 2019) - "The new century begins: 1900-1948" (Chapter 3) and "Not “either/or” but “both/and:” On Seeing International Health and Development as a Tragic Profession… and Why That Should Give Us Hope" (Chapter 8) by Dr. John Blevins

“Gender, Disability and the Postcolonial Nexus,” Wagadu, Journal of Transnational
Women's and Gender Studies. volume 4, Summer 2007 - (Chapter 10) by Dr. Pushpa Parekh

Costello Anthony, Zumla Alimuddin. Moving to research partnerships in developing countries 

Lavery JV and IJsselmuiden C. The Research Fairness Initiative: Filling a critical gap in global research ethics [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]Gates Open Res 2018, 2:58

Global health 2021: who tells the story? - The Lancet Global Health

Decolonizing Global Health Education: Rethinking Institutional Partnerships and Approaches, Eichbaum, Quentin G. MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC; Adams, Lisa V. MD; Evert, Jessica MD; Ho, Ming-Jung MD, PhD; Semali, Innocent A. MD, MSc, PhD; van Schalkwyk, Susan C. MPhil, PhD Academic Medicine: March 2021 - Volume 96 - Issue 3 - p 329-335