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Global Health Policy

Global Health Policy


Rachel Nugent is a senior associate in CGD’s Global Health Programs. She also provides economic and policy expertise to HPRN Working Groups, and manages CGD programs on Population and Economic Development. Nugent graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in economics and journalism, and received a doctorate in economics from George Washington University.

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Rachel Nugent, senior health program associate of the Center for Global Development, in Washington, D.C., addressed global health needs and policy. Before joining CGD, Nugent worked at the Population Reference Bureau, the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National institutes of Health, and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. She also has served as associate professor and chair of the economics department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.

“How society chooses to approach global health concerns is very much about basic humanitarianism,” said Bill Smith, director of the university’s Martin Institute. “However, it also is an important security issue, and the stability of the modern world depends upon effective approaches to global health policy.”

Nugent is a senior associate in CGD’s Global Health Programs. She also provides economic and policy expertise to HPRN Working Groups, and manages CGD programs on Population and Economic Development. Nugent graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in economics and journalism, and received a doctorate in economics from George Washington University.

Dr. Nugent’s visit included work with four Martin Scholars assigned the broad topic of global health policy. She provided the students with first-hand experience about global health policy and helped them narrow down their individual scholarly projects. She also helped them understand how to form policy, and how to carry out a complete campaign.