Usher Institute

Centre for Global Health Research

Building on the success of the Global Health Research Group within the Centre for Population Health Sciences and links with the Global Health Academy, the Centre for Global Health Research will take a world-leading approach to measuring the global burden of disease, prioritising investments in global health, influencing governance structures and processes, and innovating for global health.


The Centre for Global Health Resarch (CGHR) will promote global health collaboration across the University of Edinburgh, and provide a clear focus of activities across global public health education, particularly as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training and interdisciplinary research. It will build upon the existing track record and contribution to the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) of the World Health Organization and UNICEF.


To conduct world-leading research to measure the burden, prioritise investments, improve governance and develop innovations in global health and development.

Moreover, CGHR will actively engage in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, building capacity and transferring knowledge to researchers and groups in low and middle-income countries.

CGHR will advise and consult international organisations, evaluate their programmes and disseminate knowledge, through publishing the Journal of Global Health and supporting the Edinburgh University Global Health Society (EUGHS).


The new Centre for Global Health Research will excel in:

  • conducting world-leading research, based on epidemiological modelling, to fill global health information gaps and to quantify the disease burden that primarily affects the under-privileged population of low- and middle-income countries;
  • co-ordinating international collaborations of researchers focused on global health epidemiology, such as the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG) and the Global Health Epidemiology Reference Group (GHERG);
  • developing web-based tools that assist prioritisation of global health and development investments - primarily health research (the CHNRI method), equitable investing in health interventions (the EQUIST tool), and development assistance for health (the PLANET tool)
  • contributing, through professional consulting and advisory roles, to the work of World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the Global Forum for Health Research and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals;
  • securing funding for long-term activities and expansion of the Centre from donors that are both traditional supporters of research in the UK (e.g., the Wellcome Trust, Department for International development) and new funding avenues such as large philanthropies (e.g. BMGF), World Health Organization, UNICEF and others;
  • leading efforts on improving governance of international organisations, bilateral and multilateral donors, and philanthropic foundations, and improving legal frameworks in global health and development;
  • transferring molecular and genomic technologies and "know-how" to low- and middle- income countries to develop a network of biobanks, and to contribute to innovations in global health;
  • disseminating knowledge on measuring global health, investing in global health, governing global health and innovating for global health through courses and publication of our journal, the Journal of Global Health; and
  • supporting Edinburgh University Global Health Society (EUGHS), a student society that brings together University-wide undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in global health, and arranging student internships with the World Health Organization and UNICEF.


Journal of Global Health

Edinburgh University Global Health Society

Global Health Academy