Why Global Health Is Our Health

An event jointly sponsored by IDSS, the Global Health Interest Group at RAND, and RAPID

Women and children waiting in front of the Bolemba health centre in Central African Republic

Photo by Pierre Holtz for UNICEF/CC BY 2.0


Stefan Peterson
Associate Director and Chief of Health, UNICEF


Tuesday, January 31, 2017


12:30–1:30 p.m. PT


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

About the Program

Global health emphasizes global interdependence both in determinants and outcomes of health. UNICEF works worldwide for children. This seminar used the lenses of developmental, sustainability and health security to examine why global action is in the interest of national health.

About the Speaker

Dr. Stefan Swartling Peterson is associate director of the UNICEF Programme Division and its chief of health. He was previously a professor of global health at Uppsala University, Sweden, and, prior to that, at the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He has also been a visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda.

As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, Dr Peterson did extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and worked with different ministries of health, and organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO). He implemented projects supported by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Gates Foundation, and the European Union. He was a co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières Sweden and the CCM Task Force Operations Research Group.

About IDSS

The International Development Speaker Series is a student-led initiative sponsored by Pardee RAND Graduate School and several RAND research units: RAND Labor and Population, RAND International, RAND Health, RAND Education, and RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

Learn more about the International Development Speaker Series