The Women’s Global Health Institute (WGHI) at Purdue University is dedicated to improving women’s health worldwide throughout the lifespan. The vision of the WGHI is to drive new research paradigms in seeking proactive approaches for prevention and early diagnosis of diseases. The WGHI is built on the foundation of the exceptional research work at Purdue in the last three decades, and the combined resources of the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) and Discovery Park. The strong technology, engineering, natural and social sciences create an innovative environment which distinguishes the WGHI from other advocacy-type women’s centers by focusing on research and training.

The WGHI will concentrate efforts in four major areas of research.  These areas were selected to integrate and synergize the ongoing research strengths across campus at Purdue University on truly interdisciplinary topics.

The focus areas include:

  • Wellness
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Bone Health
  • Women's Cancers

The WGHI will change the way women’s health is addressed. Rather than the classic medical model focusing on treatment, the Institute seeks proactive approaches in developing prevention methods including identification of populations at risk through biomarker discovery for pre-disease conditions, understanding behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle, detection technology that will aid clinicians in early diagnosis, monitoring effectiveness of therapies, and design plus delivery of drugs after disease onset.

Purdue University has an infrastructure for studying disease prevention and development of biomedical technologies as well as an established network for community engagement through the National Institute of Health funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute.  Purdue's Discovery Park houses platforms for interdisciplinary research and cutting edge technologies.  Purdue has a strong track record in the selected focus areas including development of diagnostic tools for breast cancer progress, rapid screening methods for effective anti-bone loss interventions, and development of the first Alzheimer’s disease drug. 

The WGHI aspires to apply discoveries and technologies to women around the world. Our motto is, “Every Woman has the Right to Health.”