Working Groups

CUGH's Committees are open to CUGH individual and institution-affiliated members (except the Executive, Finance, and Membership Committees).

The Executive committee shall consist of the Chairperson, the vice-Chairperson, the Secretary/Treasurer, and the past chair of the Executive Committee; and any other number of Directors the board deems necessary and appropriate. The Executive Director shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive committee. When the Board of Directors is not in session, the Executive Committee shall have and may exercise all of the powers of the Board of Directors, except to the extent, if any, that such authority shall be limited by a resolution adopted by a simple majority of the Directors in office; provided however, that neither the Executive Committee nor any other committee shall have the power to amend the Articles of Incorporate or the Bylaws of the consortium.


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In order to promote the role of universities in global health, CUGH understands that it requires a clear voice capable of articulating issues, defining pathways to solutions, and suggesting policies. This committee will lay the framework for improving the dissemination and collaboration amongst the members.

The Advocacy and Communications Committee will draft the direction and plans of action to best support universities in their teaching, research and service activities aimed at improving health worldwide. The goal is to advocate for the improvement and growth of university-based global health programs’ capacity to contribute to reducing health disparities globally and to develop human capital and strengthen institutions worldwide. In order to achieve this, the Advocacy and Communications Committee guides CUGH Secretariat with budget and policy action items that are pertinent to members and the global health community.

CUGH identifies the importance of effective communication and the dissemination of information to make the university a transforming force in global health. The Committee is to oversee and facilitate all forms of communication including newsletters, listservs and website. The website will be a virtual space and networking site that shares crucial information relevant global health information.

Please use the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate pages to contact your state's representative about important advocacy initiatives.


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CUGH is founded in academic global health programs and recognizes the need to expand and develop global health educational programs and resources.

The Education Committee’s goal is to further develop and create global health related educational materials. The Committee is additionally charged with providing resources for the development of member institutions’ global health curricula. CUGH’s student organization and student involvement is guided under the supervision of the Education Committee.

Education Committee Members
Quentin Gavin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC, BSc (Med)(Hons), BA (Hons), FCAP, FASCP - Vanderbilt University (Chair of the Education Committee)
Lisa V. Adams, MD - Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Barbara Astle, PhD, RN - Centre of Equity & Global Engagement, Trinity Western University
Charles-Antoine Barbeau, TAC representative - Université de Sherbrooke
Francis Barchi, MBE, PhD - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Núria Casamitjana, PhD - ISGlobal
Samath Dharmaratne, MBBS, MSc, MD - University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Jessica Evert, MD - Child Family Health International
James Hudspeth, MD, FACP - Boston University
Omar Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP - Thomas Jefferson University
Mary Mbeba, PhD - University of Malawi
Christopher Martin, MD, MSc - West Virginia University
Tracy L. Rabin, MD, SM, FAAP - Yale University
Cristina Redko, PhD - Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM - University of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law
Sudhir Satpathy, MD, MBBS - KIIT University
George Shakarishvili, MD, PhD, MPH - Institute of Global Health, Tbilisi, Georgia
Lisa Simon, MD, DMD - Harvard University
Korydon Smith - University at Buffalo

CUGH recognizes the need for strict attention to finances and funding to ensure the successful execution of the mission statement.

The Secretary/Treasurer chairs the Finance Committee. The Committee advises the Executive Director on the financial management of the organization. The Finance Committee interacts closely with other committees advising them on budget and financial management. The Finance Committee reviews and approves the organization’s financial policies and procedures. The Committee reviews the annual budget and financial reports for submission to the Board of Directors for approval. Participation in the Committee involves regular monthly phone meetings as updates to the current financial status as well as additional meetings as needed for policy revision and review.


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CUGH recognizes that facilitating administrative functions, processes, and services is vital to effectively support the global health enterprise.

The Global Health Operations Committee (formerly known as the Enabling Systems Committee) will set up guiding principles to include university administrations’ procedural and financial alignment with programmatic priorities in global health, education, research, and service activities. The Committee will develop strategies to effectively respond to global opportunities and share best practices for accepting and managing international risk, financial services, academic human resources, legal frameworks, communication and outreach, information technologies, transparency in approach and efficiencies with international sites. Additionally, the Committee will develop processes for managing information on global health activities across the university.

CUGH recognizes that in order to make its global health initiatives and partnerships viable and sustainable over time it needs to build a strong core comprising engaged members that share the CUGH vision. The Membership Committee will strive to build that membership core consistent with the CUGH mission.

The CUGH Membership Committee mobilizes the CUGH membership through proposed organizational structure and principles with the goal to build a strong coalition of global health programs. These programs will lead universities efforts in global health education, policy, advocacy, and research. The Membership Committee is also responsible for membership growth and identifying a strategy for maintaining and growing CUGH’s membership base.


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CUGH recognizes the importance of collaborative multidisciplinary research in academic global health.

The Research Committee’s goal is to carve out avenues for expanding collaborative global health research and research training. The Committee is dedicated to sharing, evaluating and advancing strategies that promote global health research. Additionally, the Committee is charged with assisting in reinforcing relationships with funding agencies and organizations.

Research Committee Members
Liz Grant - University of Edinburgh (Co-chair of the Research Committee)
Richard Deckelbaum - Columbia University
Madelon Finkel - Cornell University
Muhiuddin Haider - University of Maryland
Tasdik Hasan (TAC Representative)
Ryan Hodgeman - Michigan State University
King Holmes - University of Washington
Peter Kilmarx - Fogarty International Center (NIH)
Philip Landrigan - Boston College
Sarah Matthews (TAC Representative)
Aydogan Ozcan - University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Patz - University of Wisconsin
Shadi Saleh - American University of Beirut
Jeremy Schwartz - Yale University
Raymond Terry - Morgan State University
Jim Thrasher - University of South Carolina
Tom Quinn - Johns Hopkins University (Co-chair of the Research Committee)