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The School of Medicine’s service expands well beyond Chapel Hill. The SOM has had an extensive record of accomplishment in global health, with a broad
international portfolio in clinical medicine, research, and education. This work is coordinated by the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), which was created in 2007 to galvanize global activities in the SOM and across campus and the Office of International Activities (OIA), established in 2008. Much of the SOM’s global portfolio is concentrated in “flagship” sites—including Malawi, Zambia, China, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Vietnam.

These established hubs sustain long-term research, service, and training activities. In addition, departments, divisions, and individual faculty also have additional working relationships at other locations across the globe (e.g., Liberia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Honduras, Peru, Spain).

Building our strengths in global health, Forward Together will enhance internal and external awareness of existing clinical, research and educational opportunities around the world, foster increased global education across the SOM, and strengthen strategic partnerships in support of our commitment to global health.


  • Engage across the state to produce the workforce needed in North Carolina and beyond
  • Focus service to rural North Carolina
  • Translate research into professional, commercial, and societal uses for the citizens of North Carolina
  • Strengthen our global citizenship by thoughtfully expanding our clinical, research, and educational outreach The SOM works collaboratively with NC AHEC (NC Area Health Education Centers) across the state to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and enrollment in health-related educational programs across the state.

Through Forward Together, we will continue to build our clinical campuses and will partner with AHEC to enhance workforce development across the state.