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The Journal of Global Health aims to be an international voice for all students engaged in global health, featuring an eclectic geo-cultural blend of opinions. As the planet has become flatter, hotter and more crowded, health issues in remote regions of the world now receive greater attention than ever before. We have become more vigilant regarding the potency of diseases and infectious agents to drastically impact the health of populations, often faster than we can react to treating them. To combat this heightened threat, advances in medicine now allow physicians to diagnose and treat diseases more effectively and developments in information technology now enable public health scientists to accurately model and predict epidemiological trends. Despite these advancements, significant international disparities in the distribution of disease burden continue to persist.