Global Health

  • Global Health
  • Analyzing how governments and international organizations can redefine themselves to meet the challenges posed by such global health issues as the spread of disease and the lack of food and water resources. Dr. Bill Frist (pictured at left), a CSIS trustee and an advisor to the Global Health Policy Center, treats a patient during a medical tour of Africa.

  • The lead CSIS program working on global health issues is the Global Health Policy Center. Made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Health Policy Center bridges foreign policy and public health communities by creating a strategy for U.S. engagement on global health.


  • The United States places a high priority on the sectors that most strongly impact women’s and family health—family planning, maternal and child health, and immunizations—to support U.S. goals and objectives in global health, development, foreign policy, and security.

  • Understanding the nexus between global health and international security is becoming an increasingly urgent U.S. policy priority, as proliferating conflict and instability worldwide cause a breakdown in basic health services, interrupt progress toward important global health goals, and threaten to spark the next global pandemic.

  • Infectious diseases remain one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and efforts to prevent and control their spread make up the majority of U.S. investments in global health.

  • Multilateral organizations complement U.S. bilateral programs and play a key role in addressing preeminent global health challenges.

Studying Global Health