Among the many impacts of a new partnership between Rutgers and Botswana will be improved cancer care and prevention. Because a key challenge in Botswana is workforce capacity in the health sector, an early action item will be to train more clinicians to provide the specialized medical services that are needed in oncology and related fields.
Assistant professor Umer Hassan, who grew up in Pakistan, remembers being fascinated by the handheld tricorder used to diagnose medical conditions on Star Trek. Now, he is working to recreate some of that technology in real life. As an engineer and a global health researcher, Hassan is developing biosensors that can quickly and inexpensively detect infections in people living with HIV/AIDS in underdeveloped countries.
A new 4 Plus 4 Program at Rutgers enables aspiring physicians to explore their various interests and dive into global health issues as undergraduates. As long as they maintain a required minimum GPA and fulfill all pre-med course requirements, they are guaranteed admission to medical school.
There are nearly 400 academic courses and countless programs at Rutgers that address global health from varying perspectives. What’s in store for Rutgers students this academic year? Faculty discuss some of the university’s educational and experiential opportunities in global health, ranging from medicine and infectious diseases to social work, community development, and sociology.