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Dr. Mike Merson

Global Health and the Future Role of the United States

Lecture | August 31 | 5-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater


2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Dr. Mike Merson, Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke University; Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer; Vice President, Strategy and Learning, PATH

Lia Fernald, Professor, 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, Amie Batson, 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.

Amie Batson MBA is responsible for guiding the strategy of PATH, an international nonprofit organization that accelerates global health innovation through cross-sector partnerships to improve the health of women and children around the world. Her 20-year career in global health includes positions with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, and most recently, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served as senior deputy assistant administrator for global health. During her three-year appointment with USAID, she led the agency’s engagement in the President’s Global Health Initiative, represented the U.S. government on the board of the GAVI Alliance, and led the US government team in co-convening the Child Survival Call to Action, which launched the global vision to end preventable child deaths.


All Audiences

Registration opens June 29. Register by August 30 online.

Light refreshments following talk


nikishapiro@berkeley.edu