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College of Nursing

History of the Progam

In December 2014, a group of nearly 30 interested health sciences faculty members from across the university met to discuss collaborating and expanding UofSC’s work in global health. Our vision is for the University of South Carolina to be a world leader in improving the lives of the people in South Carolina and the world.


Multiple schools and departments were represented, including medicine, public health, social work, nursing, pharmacy, law, anthropology, study abroad and the Honors College. These faculty members currently participate in various international educational, service, and research programs, and are funded by a variety of internal and external sources. 

The College of Nursing Director of Global Health Initiatives serves on the steering committee of the USC Global Health Initiative. We host workshops, symposiums and collaborate on scholarship and education across and within the five UofSC health professions. In education, at undergraduate, professional, and post-graduate levels, many students identify global health as a key priority.  We recruit high-quality students by the visibility of our international programs. 

Our short terms goals include developing a sustainability plan for the Global Health Initiative, create a seminar series for faculty members or guest speakers to discuss current issues in global health work, develop a global health minor or certificate, facilitate inter-professional and international clinical experiences, assist U101 students in achieving global health competencies and to centralize a center of digital information on research, education and service in global health across campus and the health disciplines. 

Long term we anticipate that we will be a known resource at UofSC for coordinating clinical and research projects that occur in particular regions, cultivate broader institutional relationships between current global health partners by encouraging and coordinating collaborations from different UofSC departments, augment UofSC Discovery Day with an opportunity for students to present their global experiences, service, and research accomplishments and identify 2-3 key research thrusts across campus with particularly strong promise and provide assistance with finding funding and support.

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