Our Mission

To improve health and achieve equity in health for all people in our community.

Our Vision

To greatly expand our service, education, and research activities in order to develop the most comprehensive global health program in the region.

Our Strategy

The cornerstone of our interventions involves the coalescence of service, teaching, and research activities into a single location, the Global Health Building.


Julio Ramirez, MD FACP

Founding Director

Ruth Carrico, PhD RN

Founding Associate Director

Global Health Initiative Background

For more than twenty years, the Division of Infectious Diseases in the University of Louisville School of Medicine has been involved in international health issues. The activities began with the care of individuals with HIV disease in the late 1980s and the implementation of an ongoing multicenter international research study involving pneumonia and influenza in the 1990s. In 2011, work began with the Kentucky Office of Refugees and in 2012 the International Travel clinic merged with vaccine research and travel medical care to form the Vaccine and International Health and Travel clinic. During this time, it became apparent that global health was the common thread across the provision of clinical services, teaching responsibilities, and research. In late 2013, the continued growth of all components of this work prompted creation of the Global Health Initiative within the Department of Medicine. Successes in global health activities have included:

  • Implementation of an ongoing international research network Community-Acquired Pneumonia Organization (CAPO) with more than 120 sites in 32 countries actively working in the field of pneumonia, influenza, and emerging respiratory pathogens;
  • More than fifteen years of continuous federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in order to address the comprehensive needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Kentuckiana;
  • Funding from the Department of Homeland Security supporting activities for early identification and response of avian influenza throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky;
  • Funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for evaluation of influenza treatment in hospitalized patients in all adult hospitals in Jefferson County, Kentucky;
  • Funding from the National Institutes for Health (NIH) to evaluate chronic pulmonary disease in patients with HIV infection from Kentucky.
Global Health Center
MedCenter One
Suite 140-B
501 East Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
(502) 852-1148