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The GLUE (GLobal & Urban health Equity) Program is the teaching and educational component of the Wayne State University Global Health Alliance (WSUGHA). The program has a three-part structure consisting of a course of seminars, local advocacy participation, & a capstone project.



The two-year program is designed to offer scholars the opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge and skills surrounding global health by providing a foundational education in the pillars of health equity, local and international educational opportunities that focus on the care of underserved and vulnerable populations, and participation in the local community through health advocacy. We provide career and research mentorship in global and community health; promote scholarly activity in global health education, public health, research methods, and innovative service delivery; and, education around health disparities and equity. 


Program Benefits:

  • Education in the principles of health equity through a curriculum endorsed by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

  • Certificate of Program Completion, endorsed by the CUGH

  • Letter of Commendation to program director, supervisor, or employer (upon request)

  • Opportunities for local and international field experience 

  • Networking opportunities in global and urban health equity

  • Career mentorship

  • Academic productivity opportunities through conference presentations and journal publications


Program Structure:

Application Requirements:

  • GLUE scholars span the spectrum and include medical students, graduate students, researchers, faculty, and working healthcare professionals--from various disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, and more

  • Enrollment is free and open to any affiliate of the Wayne State University community

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or higher

  • A letter of endorsement from the applicant's program director, supervisor, or employer (see application)


Margherio Family Conference Center, Scott Hall*

Wayne State University School of Medicine​

540 E Canfield St

Detroit, MI  48201

Seminars begin September 1st, 2022, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dates include Sept 22th, Oct 20th, Nov 17th, Dec 15th, Jan 19th, Feb 16th, March 16th, April 6th and April 27th.

*Sessions will held on campus pending University policy related to the COVID pandemic.


Class convenes monthly from August through May for two-hour interactive lectures. Topics follow the Consortium of Universities for Global Health core competencies for Global Health Practitioners. Prior to class, preparation includes review of key articles and resources, followed by submission of reflection papers after class. Scholars are expected to attend 75% of the in-class modules or video-recorded lectures. The class is managed utilizing the Canvas online classroom platform.


  • Lecture Schedule

  • GLUE Program Overview

  • GLUE Handbook


To obtain a GLUE Scholar Certificate of Completion, scholars are expected to participate in a Global or Local capstone project. These are designed within a mentorship framework, span a minimum of six-month preparation, and result in a scholarly project or publication. Examples include work in Detroit, Laos, India, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Nicaragua. 


Advocacy is an important means by which we can promote the issues of marginalized and vulnerable populations as it relates to health, social justice, and equity. By participating in local advocacy events, scholars learn to identify governmental and non-governmental partners, media, and community stakeholders in health policy and demonstrate an understanding of legal due process local and international health systems, and their relationship to health policy.


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