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Health Challenge

Through its Global Health Initiative and the Grand Challenges Program, Princeton strives to educate students who will become leaders in the fields of health and health care. In this short video, faculty members describe Princeton's interdisciplinary approach to health and health policy, and undergraduate and graduate students speak about their research in developing and developed countries around the world.

The Health Challenge seeks solutions to the pressing problems of global health and infectious disease. To address complex threats, the Health Challenge catalyzes interdisciplinary infectious disease research across the University, integrating knowledge from biology, engineering, the social sciences, ethics, and public policy.

The initiative provides educational and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning about global health issues and applying that knowledge in their research and future careers.


The scope of topics of Health Challenge research projects includes an anthropological assessment of HIV/AIDS treatment aftermath in the era of anti-retroviral therapy; novel therapeutics for tuberculosis and malaria; new approaches to arrest the spread of disease at the molecular level; engineering innovations to improve the safety of community water supplies; an economic approach to the growing problem of drug resistance; and the local, provincial, and national governance of infectious disease. more >>

Elizabeth Sajewski
Elizabeth Sajewski '13 collecting water samples from the Bishnumati River in Nepal to measure contaminent levels. The river is a key source of water for the city of Kathmandu. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Sajewski)


Each semester, the Health Challenge publishes a Courses of Interest list to help students identify opportunities to expand their knowledge and perspective on challenges in global health and infectious disease management and treatment. In the aggregate, nearly 40 courses touch upon the themes of the Health Challenge including 9 new courses that incorporate scholarship emerging from Grand Challenges sponsored research initiatives. Undergraduate students who wish to concentrate their studies on global health topics may elect to pursue a Certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. more>>


Innovations in academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are shaping a transformative educational experience and preparing Princeton students to find solutions to the pressing problems of infectious disease.The Health Challenge offers Princeton undergraduates many opportunities to complement their academic interests in health with hands-on, engaging internship opportunities including independent research and project experience through the summer months. more >>

Senior Thesis Research Support

The Health Challenge provides generous funding to support independent field research pursued as preparation for students’ senior theses with connections to global health and infectious disease. Applications for senior thesis research support are coordinated through the funding portal located on the Dean of the College’s website with awards made during both spring and fall award cycles. more >>

Outreach and Collaboration

The Health Challenge seeks to collaborate with international partnerships to exchange knowledge on global health and infectious disease management. The Health Challenge hosts multidisciplinary seminars, workshops, and colloquia on global health and infectious disease, and sponsors talks by prominent outside speakers with expertise in global health and health policy. more >>

Health Challenge Faculty and Administration

Sponsorship and Administration