Center for Global Health

Making small changes in the big world and big changes in small worlds.




A mission without borders

The Center for Global Health is a community of learning and service that brings together Oregon State and partners around the world to address current and future global health challenges.


Partnerships rooted in purpose

Because health doesn’t recognize borders, we draw on connections within Oregon State University and across the globe to transform health and well-being in communities from ethiopia to bangladesh.

Out of a sense of deep responsibility and a belief that we are part of a global community, faculty and students facilitate leading research, support community initiated health development programs and projects, and provide education and training programs in collaboration with partner communities.

Our diverse work has a common theme: Community ownership of equitable and sustainable health development.


Health is a human right

Every person, family and community deserves fundamental claims of human dignity and self-determination. Our approach is rooted in this responsibility to our global community, and our work is grounded in these principles.

We strive to create visible and positive change by working with our partners — non-government organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, international organizations and UN agencies.

By working together, we commit to making big changes in targeted communities such as the Southern Thyolo District and Balaka District of Malawi, Debre Berhan and Gonder of Ethiopia, and Balan and Fonds Cheval in Haiti.


Current focus areas include

  • Health systems strengthening and governance
  • Political economy of refugees and displacement
  • Comprehensive community development in low-income nations
  • Environment, hygiene and water
  • Equity in health care and financial burden of health care
  • Methods for community decision making in health development
  • Food security, sovereignty and community nutrition
  • Adolescent reproductive and sexual health
  • Mental health in low-income nations
  • Community health workers and task shifting
  • Women’s health, gender inequity and gender-based violence

June 25, 2020

State face-covering mandate in effect in Lincoln County

Chunhuei Chi, professor and coordinator at the International Health Program at Oregon State University, said recent studies indicated that wearing face coverings was more important than social distancing at preventing viral spread when indoors. Read full story at Newport News Times.

June 19, 2020

Portland restaurants and bars can reopen Friday: Here are 5 things you need to know

Health experts including Professor Chunhuei Chi have advised that it’s generally safer for Oregonians to eat out if they live in counties with a relatively low number of cases or no cases at all, and that “the general public should not have a false sense of security” when visiting restaurants and bars. Read full story at The Oregonian.

May 25, 2020

What you need to know about hair, nail salons: The Oregonian/OregonLive’s guide to reopening

But it’s not always practical for customers to wear masks while getting their hair cut and that could put employees and other patrons at risk. Read full story at The Oregonian.

May 16, 2020

So you really want to see your friends? Here's how to assess the risk

You’ve stayed at home long enough and want to socialize with your friends. Here’s how you can gather without putting your health -- or theirs -- in jeopardy. Read full story at Los Angeles Times.

May 15, 2020

Not out of the woods yet: Experts prepare for possible second wave

Though phase one of reopening feels like a victory to many, experts are reminding the public that there is still a long road ahead and possibly a second wave of the virus too. Watch video at KEZI.

May 15, 2020

Taiwan beat covid-19 and won friends. At the WHO, it’s still fighting for a seat at the table.

Taipei is winning new influence due to its pandemic response and diplomatic outreach, but its full participation in world health affairs remains stymied by politics. Read full story at The Washington Post.

May 13, 2020

Deschutes County health and medical metrics for reopening ready to go

Deschutes County has met the health and medical checkpoints for reopening, but still is awaiting the governor’s approval. Read full story at Bend Bulletin.

May 6, 2020

Public Health Experts Praise Gov. Kate Brown’s Approach to Reopening Oregon. They Also Think It Could Be Improved.

Any timetable—in Portland or elsewhere—will depend on whether that area meets benchmarks for testing and tracing people who might have the virus. Read full story at Willamette Week.

April 16, 2020

Oregonians weigh in about potential executive order requiring masks be worn in public

As you head out to places like the grocery store, you are probably seeing more and more people wearing masks. Watch video at KPTV.

April 15, 2020

Masks still voluntary in Oregon as other states increasingly require them to slow coronavirus spread

New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles have all required masks to enter businesses. Oregon has not. Read full story at The Oregonian.

April 14, 2020

Oregon joins Washington, California in pledge to coordinate reopening from coronavirus shutdown

The three West Coast governors pushed back after President Trump said the decision would be his. Read full story at The Oregonian.