Global Health Initiative, University of Illinois at Chicago

  Global is Local


Diversity in Chicago

Chicago is the proud home to numerous ethnic groups including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Lithuanian, Mexican, and Polish, among others. This rich environment provides a unique opportunity for students to work with populations from around the globe, thereby fostering a foundation to working in the field of global health.

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Featured Student: Chloe Polutnik

Chloe Polutnik, a second-year MPH student, works to improve health among refugee populations in Chicago.  "I gained great qualitative data collection skills.  I was able to conduct interviews and focus groups with refugee women to better learn if they thought a pregnancy program was appropriate, determine what they learned, and to use this information to improve the program."



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SPH Collaborative Health Projects in Haiti

Spearheaded by Dr. Janet Lin, a group of UIC SPH students and health care professionals completed a health project in Haiti for the second consecutive year.  With collaboration, the goal is for subsequent SPH student groups to return and build on the project findings.


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UIC’s Contribution to Public H‌ealth in Fiji

Ada Moadsiri’s story has an international flavor. Born to Thai immigrants, she is fluent in their language and Tongan (the native language of Tonga) and speaks Spanish. She’s working in Fiji for the World Health Organization (WHO).


Featured Faculty

Mark Dworkin

Dr. Mark Dworkin


Dr. Dworkin teaches Outbreak Investigation/Field Investigation, Public Health Surveillance, and Notorious Public Health Plagues.

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