UMB Global Health Summit 2021

Decolonizing Global Health Education

May 25-26, 2021

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

Global Health Summit 2021 Agenda

The term “decolonization” has recently become the focus of conversations within global health. Diverse voices worldwide are now calling for a re-examination of assumptions and practices underpinning global health education and practice.

The UMB Global Health Summit: Decolonizing Global Health Education is a direct response to these calls and an opportunity to rethink and reflect on the theories, processes, and methods of global health education.

Over the virtual two-day Summit, we heard from students from 11 professional programs from around the world share their reflections on this issue and the future of global education.

Thought-provoking keynote presentations, as well as interprofessional panels of students/trainees, faculty members, and other experts from UMB and UMB’s close global partners, will provide the basis for the discussions and reflections aimed at the development of actionable ideas and recommendations for decolonizing global health education as we work to co-create a shared new vision to guide UMB’s global health work toward greater equity.

The Summit led to a special collection on "Decolonizing Global Health Education" in the Annals of Global Health centered around the theme of decolonization broadly, emphasizing how coloniality and neo-colonial thought are woven through and still affect higher education. Through this issue, authors (faculty, researchers, practitioners, students, and administrators) expressed their vision of what a decolonized global health field looks like.

Watch Summit Sessions 

Check out videos from the Global Health Summit!

Rewatch “The Courage to Be Free: Cultivating a Decolonizing Imagination” keynote by Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Listen to the Expert Dialog with Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda) and Samba Sow, MD, MSc, FASTMH, Director General of the Center for Vaccine Development (Mali) and Adjunct Professor, UM School of Medicine.

Revisit the "Hearing from the Future" Interprofessional Trainee Panels from Day 1 and Day 2.

Summit Resources 

Here are some resources participants were asked to become familiar with before the Global Health Summit.

The Danger of a Single Story (18 min) Chimamanda Adichie

Global Health: Who Leads & Who Gains? (27 min) Dr. Madhukar Pai


Decolonising Global Health: If Not Now, When?

Ali Murad Büyüm, Cordelia Kenney, Andrea Koris, Laura Mkumba, Yadurshini Raveendran

BMJ Global Health


We Must Enhance — But Also Decolonize — America’s Global Health Diplomacy

Ans Irfan, Christopher Jackson, Ankita Arora

Scientific American