The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), founded by leading North American university global health programs, aims to:
- Define the field and discipline of global health;
- Standardize required curricula and competencies for global health;
- Define criteria and conditions for student and faculty field placements in host institutions;
- Provide coordination of projects and initiatives among and between resource-rich universities and less-developed nations and their institutions.
CUGH is dedicated to creating balance in resources and in the exchange of students and faculty between institutions in rich and poor countries, recognizing the importance of equal partnership between the academic institutions in developing nations and their resource-rich counterparts in the planning, implementation, management and impact evaluation of joint projects.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided the leadership and funding to plan this consortium. The Rockefeller Foundation provided a grant to help develop the organizational structure of CUGH in its first year of existence.
A small group of global health academic leaders has been meeting since September 2007 to explore ways to frame an organization and process by which academic global health center representatives can meet and support each other. In September 2008 an Inaugural Meeting of University Consortium for Global Health took place in San Francisco. The meeting participants looked at development of global health as an academic endeavor; and started to define the role, function and membership of an organization that advocates, promotes, communicates and facilitates the growth of global health as an academic discipline.
Expanding to a 10-member Board of Directors and under a new name of Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), this group of global health leaders has continued to define and build this new Consortium. The CUGH First Annual Meeting this September will be pivotal in defining and articulating the important role that universities play in global health initiatives worldwide.