UCL Grand Challenges


Global Health

The UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health brings together the university’s wealth of intellectual capital from across all disciplines, to find innovative, workable solutions to global health problems.

Since the programme was established in 2009, it has created and facilitated novel collaborations on topics such as non-communicable diseases, the health effects of climate change and the health of migrants and refugees. 

Studies supported by this UCL Grand Challenge have examined health systems across the world, from South Asia to South America via events and projects in our home city of London.

The Grand Challenge of Global Health has supported UCL researchers to make new and intense collaborations across a whole range of disciplines at the university. At the same time, the programme’s ultimate purpose is to see knowledge generated by research and scholarship at UCL achieve real-world influence. Find out about some of the projects we have supported so far and what impact they have had. Global Health is one of six UCL Grand Challenges – find out more about how the whole programme works.

Our work so far

Schoolchildren in Nepal

Since 2009, the Grand Challenge of Global Health has brought together UCL researchers to find new ways to reduce health inequality in the world. This Grand Challenge has particularly focussed on non-communicable diseases, the effects of climate change on public health and how health services should improve to serve marginalised groups better. Find out more about what we have achieved in Global Health

Get involved

Jennifer Hall Malawi

As a researcher at UCL, you can get involved with the Grand Challenge of Global Health. We can support you to make connections across the university and see your research go further, for example through Small Grants, major projects, and roundtables and workshops. Find out more about how you can get involved

Contact us

Get in touch with the Grand Challenge of Global Health with your suggestions, questions and ideas.

Who we are

Find out more about the people behind the Grand Challenge of Global Health, including our academic leaders.