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Center for Global Digital Health Innovation

Advancing equitable access to healthcare through the use of evidence-driven, collaboratively developed, and responsibly implemented scaled digital innovations


The Center for Global Digital Health Innovation provides valuable technical, evidence-based and pragmatic expertise and guidance to governments and non-government agencies on digital health, with the goal of ameliorating access to care, improving health outcomes, and advancing health equity. The Center brings together faculty from across the Johns Hopkins University to foster interdisciplinary collaborations to advance responsible and effective use of digital technologies.

As one of the first academic centers on digital health, the Center has played a critical role in defining the field of digital health. Through collaborations with norm-setting bodies such as the WHO, the Center has helped develop guidance on digital health innovations and has played an important role in the evaluation of globally scaled programs. Center faculty have also provided leadership and training opportunities to bolster the digital health workforce globally.

The Center’s Executive Director is Smisha Agarwal, PhD, MPH ’09, MBA, an assistant professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We are currently in the process of developing the new website. For more information about the Center, please reach out to shivani pandya (, a research associate in the Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School.