Workshops and Seminars

Friday Conference Series

The IGHID partners with the clinical division of infectious diseases and the Center for AIDS Research on a weekly conference series featuring distinguished clinicians and scientists from UNC, local universities, and other national and international institutions.  The topics are varied and appeal to not only infectious disease specialists, but also professionals in epidemiology, public health, microbiology, biostatistics and other global health-related disciplines. The conference takes place every Friday (September through May) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics (first floor auditorium) on the UNC campus.  For more information,  contact  Kathy James or Heidi Swygard. To view the current schedule, click here.

Heels in the Field: Global Health Discussion Series

The “Heels in the Field: Global Health Discussion Series” is held in the fall and spring semesters and presents a forum for open and engaging learning and discussion on critical and current health issues. The series showcases innovative and outstanding UNC talent in the global effort to address pressing and critical health problems. The series is co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and Curriculum in Global Studies. For more information contact Mamie Sackey Harris.

Introduction to Malawi: A Workshop in Chichewa Language and Malawian Culture

IGHID partners with the African Studies Center to offer a 4-part workshop, “Introduction to Malawi: A Workshop in Chichewa Language and Malawian Culture.” The workshop focuses on introductory Chichewa greetings, medical interview vocabulary, and linguistic cultural sensitivity in health services and is available to UNC students, staff and faculty who plan to work in Malawi. For more information please click here or send e-mail to

Triangle Seminar in African Studies

In collaboration with the UNC African Studies Center, IGHID offers a seminar series, designed to introduce health professionals to key aspects of the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that affect health care work in Africa. The target audience is health professionals in the Triangle area working or aspiring to work in African countries.  Topics include European colonialism, African independence and governance, political and ethnic conflict, changing roles of gender, biomedical research, and Africa’s position in an interconnected world. For more information contact Barbara Anderson.

Triangle Global Health Case Competition

This inter-institutional competition provides a unique environment for interdisciplinary problem-based learning and communication. It is a student-led event organized by the UNC IGHID, Duke Global Health Institute and NCSU Global Education Center, with some additional assistance from the Triangle Global Health Consortium. Student teams compete to solve critical, real-life global health issues with direct input and feedback from leading technical experts. Teams are required to be multidisciplinary, representing varied schools across their university or college. In 2012, 13 interdisciplinary teams from UNC, Duke, NCSU and Meredith College competed to address cardiovascular disease in Kenya. UNC teams won first, second and third place, with Duke taking fourth place. For more information contact Mamie Sackey-Harris.

Go! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics

The GO! Initiative is designed to help students evaluate expectations, anticipate potential challenges, prepare for culture shock, and develop intercultural competencies. In addition, GO! provides an avenue for students to network and interact with others traveling to similar areas of the world. Upon their return, students will have the opportunity at a follow-up workshop to discuss their travels as well as strategies to help them cope with the many conflicting thoughts and feelings that resulted from their experience abroad. For more information please visit the website or send an e-mail to