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Dr. Mike Merson

Global Health and the Future Role of the United States

Lecture | April 17 | 5-7 p.m. | 101 Morgan Hall


Dr. Mike Merson, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke University

Lia Fernald, Professor of Community Health Sciences, UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Public Health, School of


The United States is the world’s largest investor in health at a global scale—funding and implementing programs to address challenges, including global health security, HIV and other infectious diseases, women and child health, non-communicable diseases, vaccine and drug development, digital health, and global health governance. Although Congress appropriates funding, these efforts are largely carried out by departments and agencies in the executive branch, and the new Administration has already signaled a dramatic reduction in foreign aid.

Join Dr. Mike Merson, Professor Lia Fernald, and Dean Stefano M. Bertozzi for a discussion of the future of the country’s commitment to improving human health worldwide. How can we maintain effective investments in global health initiatives in a rapidly changing environment?

Michael H. Merson MD joined the Duke University faculty in 2006 and is the founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute. In 2011, he was named the vice president and vice provost for global affairs at Duke University. Dr. Merson served as the director of the World Health Organization’s Diarrheal Diseases Control Program for almost a decade. In 1990, he was appointed as director of the WHO Global Program on AIDS, coordinating the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. He has served in advisory capacities for UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, World Bank, Doris Duke Foundation, World Economic Forum, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

This talk is part of the 2016-2017 UC Berkeley School of Public Health Dean’s Speaker Series.


Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

All Audiences

Register online.

Wine and cheese reception to follow talk


nikishapiro@berkeley.edu, 510-684-4685

Available April 16, 2017: Livestream