The Department of Population Sciences and Public Health launches the interactive map tool for global health research

The Department of Population Sciences and Public Health launches the interactive map tool for global health research

The Department of Population Sciences and Public Health at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California has launched an interactive mapping tool showcasing examples of departmental project locations around the world. Our faculty and staff are involved in research activities and implementation of important global health programs in various areas of population and public health.

“Population health increasingly depends on global factors—that is, the transnational movement of people, animals, plants, infectious pathogens, industries, products, wastes, behaviors, and other attributes—a lesson that the COVID pandemic has starkly presented,” says Howard Ho, MD, MPH, Ph.D. in Medicine, the Flora L. Thornton Professor and Chair in the Department of Population Sciences and Public Health. “Investing in global health research and training is critical for our researchers and students and has enormous potential benefits in terms of saving or improving lives.”

The ongoing work in various countries highlights the multidisciplinary nature of global health research, which relies on international partnerships as well as stakeholders committed to population initiatives, and the need for innovative approaches to address the health challenges of our time.

“This resource showcases the type of research our researchers are conducting around the world, and serves as a tool for students, staff, and faculty to connect with each other for research purposes,” says Mehak Kaur, project specialist in the department. “We are launching the first version of the tool, which we will continue to develop to become more accurate over time.

There are currently over 70 project sites for either research or program implementation, visually represented on a country-level map. Project areas include, but are not limited to, youth vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections/HIV and dating violence in Brazil; Drowning prevention in Uganda; Tobacco cessation in secondary schools in Pakistan; sexual and reproductive health during pregnancy in South Africa; “Getting to the heart of HIV stigma” in Australia; A research center in Senegal.

We invite you to browse the tool to learn more about the efforts of our dynamic researchers working inside and outside of health to improve health equity for people around the world.

We value these activities and look for opportunities to increase information exchange and collaboration across disciplines. Click here to submit the project. If you have any questions, concerns or modifications, email Mehak Kaur at

The interactive maps were created by Mahak Kaur and Caroline Barnes.

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