Student Engagement

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

Institute Director Dr. Eric G. Bing's public health courses are designed to help SMU students develop their leadership skills.

In Pandemics! The Science of Disease Spread, Prevention, and Control (APSM/ANTH/MNO 4344), students build their knowledge of the practical tools of disease control, including basic epidemiology and public health policy. In-class debates help students build their advocacy skills.

In Creating Impact in Global & Public Health (ANTH 4345/6345, APSM 4355, MNO 4345), students work in teams to help community organizations develop strategies to address real-world public health challenges. In addition to learning best practices for strategy and effective implementation, students receive team coaching from leaders across the health system.

Visit the Center for Global Health Impact to learn more.  

Student Internships

The Institute for Leadership Impact has a student internship program.  Email to learn more.  

Student Profile

Vivian Thai, Class of 2025
Biological Sciences BS,  Health and Society BS | Minor in Human Rights

Vivian has been a research assistant with Dr. Eric G. Bing since her freshman year. While she initially joined the "Postpartum Hysterectomy at SMU" research project as a participant, Vivian's curiosity led her to join the team as a researcher. The project aimed to analyze the efficacy of virtual reality simulations as a learning tool with the goal of increasing access to surgical training in under-resourced settings. In her role, Vivian has helped with literature reviews, data analysis, and data coding. She finds her experience with Dr. Bing’s team “life-changing, as he has guided me through the research process behind life-saving public health innovations."