Health Grand Challenge

Addressing Complex Threats


The Health Grand Challenge (HGC), established in 2007 as part of the University’s Grand Challenges Program and administered by CHW, is an integrated research and teaching program that seeks solutions to the pressing problems of global health and infectious disease.

A University-Wide Focus on Health

Health Grand Challenge catalyzes interdisciplinary infectious disease research across the University, integrating knowledge from biology, engineering, the social sciences, ethics and public policy.

The program provides educational and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in learning about global health issues and applying that knowledge in their research and future careers.

Program Activities

The Grand Challenges Program is a collaboration involving the Princeton Environmental Institute, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The Health Grand Challenge is funded by the Woodrow Wilson School’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and by the Princeton Environmental Institute.

The Center for Health and Wellbeing administers the Health Grand Challenge.

Current Research

Program Director

Bryan Grenfell

Bryan Grenfell
  • Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Public Affairs