ATLANTA—For the second consecutive year, Georgia State University has been selected to host the Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar, which will bring nearly 90 international Fulbright Program students to the Georgia State campus from Feb. 28 to March 4.
Experts from Georgia State’s School of Public Health, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and Office of International Initiatives will lead sessions on topics such as analysis of public health data, community resilience and strategies to reduce health inequalities. Students will also hear from three former directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drs. William Foege, David Satcher and Jeffrey Koplan.
“Over the last 12 years, we have had 70 Fulbright students from 26 countries enrolled in our programs,” said Dr. Michael Eriksen, dean of the School of Public Health. “We are proud of our role in educating these global health leaders, and hosting this seminar is an extension of our commitment to promote healthier, happier and more productive lives for people around the world.”
The seminar, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will help Fulbright students build their professional networks while acquiring research skills and learning practical tactics for addressing global health challenges.
“The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is honored to be part of this year’s Fulbright seminar,” said Dr. Sally Wallace, the school’s interim dean. “We enjoy sharing theories, best practices and experiences in the important areas of public finance, public health and service delivery in countries around the world with our visiting Fulbright students and look forward to welcoming them to our campus.”
Dr. Wolfgang Schlör, associate provost for international initiatives, said the selection of Georgia State as a Fulbright Seminar host “highlights the university’s global engagement and impact. The seminar will be an opportunity to present Georgia State’s international strengths to emerging scholars from around the world, and build lasting linkages.”
Participants will be Fulbright Foreign Students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs around the United States, including some who are studying at Georgia State.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and other professionals—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, and it is managed, coordinated and overseen by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in more than 160 countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support. For more information about the Fulbright Program, contact ECA-Press@state.gov.