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Global Health and Disparities

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With its strong focus on the health sciences, Stony Brook University (SBU) recognized and committed to the importance of global health and health disparities some time ago. Important and innovative work on campus is being undertaken in many schools and colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Renaissance School of Medicine, and other units. 

This is an opportune moment for integration and cooperation that would allow SBU to maximize its resources and expand the University’s current efforts. Indeed, global health and health disparities initiatives have expanded dramatically in the last two decades in terms of funding opportunities, methods of research, and job prospects for undergraduate and graduate students in industry, international organizations and beyond.

Key to remaining current with new trends in global health and disparities include:

  • mixed methodological training and research that can capitalize on diverse funding streams
  • evidence-based research that involves field- and lab work
  • medical ethics
  • data collection and security

This translates into the collaboration of environmental biologists, anthropologists, philosophers, language faculty, computer science, historians, and sociologists, to name only a few disciplines. 

SBU is a diverse intellectual community, situated in a region that is home to diverse populations who want to learn, seek healthcare, and participate/collaborate with an institution that reflects a future-oriented outlook. It should be a clearinghouse for public information and activities related to global health and disparities for this area. 

Our reputation for STEM/health sciences must be globalized. What this means is better integration and collaboration across disciplines; engagement of students in meaningful socio-cultural and scientific research, especially at their intersection; and involvement in local communities with globally-connecting information and opportunities.


Name Current Title Department
Juan Pantano Associate Professor Economics
Shobana Shanker Associate Professor History
Craig Evinger Professor Neurobiology
Nick Eaton Associate Professor Psychology
Kathleen Fallon Professor Sociology