The Institute of International Health (IIH) at Michigan State University has a deep commitment to improving the quality of life in resource-poor and disadvantaged communities around the world. In pursuing its goals, IIH works closely with MSU's International Studies and Programs to apply academic and research methodologies to global health issues. As the focal point at MSU for global health programs and outreach, the Institute fosters and administers global health research programs and projects for MSU faculty and students that not only enhance learning and cultural competency at MSU, but also benefit underprivileged communities in numerous countries around the world. Founded in 1987, the Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.
- Our Mission
The mission of the Institute of International Health is to establish global health research programming, health development projects, and to work toward positioning Michigan State University as a leader in addressing and improving today's global health challenges.
- What We Do
The Institute's efforts are focused on the following objectives:
- To develop multidisciplinary global health research programs through partnerships with national and international institutions;
- To serve as a center for global health information exchange in the areas of community medicine, infection and tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, respiratory diseases, malaria, women's reproductive health, environmental health and water quality, food supply scarcity, nutrition, and zoonotic diseases;
- To offer study abroad health courses and linkages with international universities that enable the exchange of students, researchers, and other professionals to develop cultural competency and to raise the level of awareness of global health issues among our student doctors and health care professionals.