The economic stimulus bill is paying more public health dividends—allowing universities to seize on student interest in global health programs. Four universities have qualified for new funding, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from the National Institutes of Health to bolster global health programs.
Dartmouth College, for example, won money to help fund three faculty positions dedicated to the international health curriculum. The funds will help the school develop new courses leading to a certificate in international health for undergraduates that will also be available to medical and graduate students, according to an NIH news release.
At the University of California, Irvine, the NIH grant will pay for two summer fellowships for undergraduate students and three summer fellowships for graduate students, among other things. The money will help UC Irvine develop new courses and establish a global health concentration in the master of public health program.