Global Health Day 2021


Each year, as a part of the international community, the Center for Global Health celebrates Global Health Day by sharing and informing global health knowledge, expertise and experiences with the Johns Hopkins local and international communities. Global Health Day 2021 will take place on May 6, 2021 and will feature two keynote speakers, JHU Faculty "TED" Talks, a virtual student poster session, and faculty mentorship awards. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health and the Department of International Health.  

Register for Global Health Day HERE. 


May 6, 2021 from 9:00am-5:00pm

Morning Session
9:00-9:30am: Welcome and Introduction
9:30-10:30am: Opening Keynote featuring Dr. Soumya Swaminathan
10:30-11:50am: Student Oral Presentation Breakouts
12:00-1:00pm: Student Poster Session and Lunch Break

Afternoon Session
1:00-1:30pm: Afternoon Session Introduction
1:30-3:30pm: Faculty/Country Partner TED Talks
3:30pm-4:00pm: Break
4:00pm-4:45pm: Closing Keynote featuring Dame Sally Davies
4:45pm-5:00pm: Awards and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers:

Morning Session: Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist and Deputy Director General for Programmes at the World Health Organization

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has an extensive clinical background as a paediatrician and researcher on tuberculosis and HIV. She was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and was Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017, using her executive position to support her goal to build better research experiences for Indian medical schools. She is currently a Chief Scientist at the World Health Organization. 

Afternoon Session: Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College and Convener of the Trinity Challenge

Dame Sally Davies is a global advocate on antimicrobial resistance, with her previous experience as the Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK government. She is UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, which represents the UK government on the subject of AMR internationally and advises the UK government on the delivery of action and response plans to AMR, with regard to health, agriculture, and the environment. She holds a seat on the World Health Organization Executive Board as the chair of WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR.

Student Posters and Oral Presentations: 

All JHU students are invited to submit abstracts to present posters or give an oral presentation on Global Health day. (Students who were awarded the GHEFP or GHFRA in 2020 who completed remote experiences are required to present posters in the poster session). 

Please see the poster guidelines and abstract submission form here.  

Abstracts must be submitted by April 18, 2021.

Posters are due by April 21, 2021.  

Faculty "TED" Talks

Call for Applications: We're calling for Department faculty to share their vision for the future of Global Health, sharing lessons learned from the pandemic and beyond in a brief Ted-talk format during Global Health Day.   
The last 12 months has stimulated a great deal of introspection on research and practice priorities in global health. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many cracks and vulnerabilities, but has also sparked ideas on how we can improve as a Global Health Research community. From new ways of building capacity and resilience around the world, to developing collaborative early warning systems and working to strengthen country leadership we know you are teeming with ideas!

To showcase your ideas, please submit a 100-word summary of your 10-minute talk here,  and identify your global collaborator you'd like to invite to join you in the talk. Submissions due April 21, 2021

Faculty Mentorship Awards: 

As students cultivate and expand their knowledge of global health through working (remotely) abroad, they receive support, guidance and mentorship from faculty at Johns Hopkins, as well as from their partners and collaborators. Global Health Day seeks to recognize and honor this hard work by providing awards to those exceptional Hopkins faculty mentors.

Do you want to recognize your mentor or advisor for outstanding global health mentorship? Contact for information.

Questions about Global Health Day? 



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