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We are living through the worst global pandemic since the Spanish Flu in 1918. Covid-19 is a truly global challenge as it respects no borders and affects every country on the planet. As of Feb 2021, more than 28 million Americans have contracted coronavirus, with over 500,000 deaths. Life as we knew it has changed utterly, with school, work, sports and family life all affected considerably.

Global Health is dominating news headlines around the globe and more of us are beginning to consider the many interdependent factors required to achieve successful health outcomes.

This theme will focus on two areas:

  • The coronavirus pandemic and how research into the virus has developed across the world
  • Heath challenges in resource-constrained countries

The students will participate in workshops that will focus on how we investigate a new entity such as SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus OR addressing the social and cultural barriers to health services.


Students on the Global Challenges - Global Health track will further explore what we mean by ‘Global Health’ and the many ways we can build towards a strong and resilient global population. An expert team of Professors at Queen’s have curated an exciting education programme that will include:

An introductory lecture from Dr Derek Brazil
A hands-on challenge/workshop session
The opportunity to pitch solutions and win the Global Health track prize
Derek Brazil


The Global Health track lead is Dr Derek Brazil. Derek is a Senior Lecturer in Medicine at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. His area of expertise is molecular pharmacology and leads a research team of 6 people researching diseases such as diabetes and cancer. He is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Education in his centre, and teaches undergraduate students in Dubai and Shenyang in China each year. He spent 4 years as a research fellow in medicine in the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is a fan of the Boston Red Sox has visited 22 states in the USA.


We have curated a virtual bookshelf for you to explore. Feel free to explore these resources in your own time.



  • Science VS”: This podcast takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between 
  • Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction”: Join CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the latest news about the coronavirus. He'll make sense of the headlines, speak with the experts and give you all the information you need to stay safe and healthy 




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