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Department News

2023 DGH Staff Awards

Every year, we take the time to recognize the outstanding staff and their dedication, service, and many contributions to our department. Criteria for selecting outstanding staff included job knowledge and performance, creativity, integrity, flexibility, a positive attitude, willingness to go beyond the limits of a job description to get things done, community service, outstanding interpersonal skills, and demonstration of grace under pressure. Congratulations to all nominees. 

2 Global Health Students Make the 2023 Husky 100

This year’s Husky 100 awards have recognized two students within the Department of Global Health (DGH) for making the most of their time at the University of Washington. These students truly exemplify the Husky experience, applying what they learn to make a difference inside the classroom, in our communities and beyond.  

Congratulations to our student global health leaders!   

Gloyd Endowed Lecturer Madhukar Pai: A ‘Double Agent’ Perspective on the Effort to Deconstruct Colonialism in Global Health

Power, Privilege, and Allyship: A ‘Double Agent's’ Perspective on the Effort to Deconstruct Colonialism in Global Health


Global health was born out of colonialism. Even today, it is neither diverse nor truly global. Every aspect of global health is dominated by those with power and privilege. If global health is be reimagined or decolonized, people and institutions who typically hold power and privilege must shift from saviorism to allyship. 

Examining Accountability, Influence, and Politics in Global Health: A Frank Conversation with Anand Giridharadas

In a recent conversation with Anand Giridharadas, author of the Department of Global Health (DGH) 2022-23 Common Book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, the DGH community examined the increasingly powerful role billionaire philanthropists have assumed in setting the social change agenda, including in public health. His critiques speak to the challenges we face in our efforts to decolonize global health research and practice, center the priorities of the Global South, and promote equity in our work.  

In the Media

Carole Green on hope and urgency for our climate and for our health

UW School of Public Health

Carole Green, a master’s student at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, studies how prepared our cities and countries are to adapt to climate change’s impact on our health. Green works with faculty in the Department of Global Health, at the UW Center for Health and the Changing Environment (CHanGE), and at the Lancet Countdown — a global team of experts reporting climate change updates — to understand the health risks and vulnerabilities communities face. 

Solving for climate: (Health and safety) in (climate) numbers

American Geophysical Union

More severe and numerous floods, droughts, and heat waves impact a wide range of health outcomes, and shifting biomes may spread diseases to new places. How do scientists understand which portions of health effects are caused by climate change, and how can health organizations be prepared?

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Spain’s April heat nearly impossible without climate change

AP News

Record-breaking April temperatures in Spain, Portugal and northern Africa were made 100 times more likely by human-caused climate change and would have been almost impossible in the past, according to a new study.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.