Global Flu View Spark Program

Global Flu View Spark Program

The Global Health Institute is thrilled to announce the Global Flu View (GFV) Spark program. Designed to foster innovation and research within the public health field, this initiative invites ambitious students to contribute towards the expansion, growth, and utility of Global Flu View. We are offering three student’s project funding opportunities, to support projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness and reach of GFV. This is a unique opportunity to impact public health outcomes on a local and global scale. The Global Flu View Spark program provides students with practical experience with data analysis and digital epidemiology platform management.

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Funding Details

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Number of selected candidates 3

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Funding amount
$5,000 each

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5 months

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Topics and Expected Impact

GFV Expansion

The goal of this program is to socialize and increase awareness of GFV with key stakeholders and increase the usage of GFV within Arizona. It is expected that students will develop and execute strategies to expand the understanding and usage of GFV, which can include:

  1. Developing and disseminating GFV promotional materials including newsletters, instructional videos, or webinars;
  2. Working with state, local or tribal health departments, universities or the private sector to integrate the GFV API into their existing health monitoring systems;
  3. Facilitating the adoption of the GFV toolkit to initiate a participatory surveillance program

Expected impact: The expansion of Global Flu View through increased awareness and integration efforts will elevate the platform's presence and utility within Arizona. By crafting and spreading promotional materials, the program aims to educate and engage stakeholders about the benefits and functionalities of GFV, leading to wider adoption and usage. Partnering with health departments and integrating the GFV API into existing systems can streamline influenza monitoring, making it more efficient and responsive. Initiating participatory surveillance programs further democratizes data collection, enabling a ground-up approach to flu tracking.

GFV Growth

The goal is to increase data points into the GFV ecosystem, enhancing the platform's analytical capabilities and its relevance locally and globally. It is expected that the student will develop and execute strategies to identify and acquire data sets of ILI participatory surveillance programs, that could include:

  1. Connecting with ILI Participatory Surveillance (PS) platforms for integration into GFV, both within and outside the U.S.;
  2. Inputting legacy PS data on acute respiratory infection symptoms from former programs, thereby supporting the training of machine learning models.

Expected impact: Focusing on the growth of GFV by enriching its dataset will substantially improve its analytical capabilities and global relevance. By assimilating data from both domestic and international ILI participatory surveillance platforms, and integrating historical PS data, GFV can offer more nuanced insights into influenza trends and outbreaks. This influx of diverse data points aids in refining machine learning models, leading to more accurate predictions.

GFV Utility

The goal is to assess the perceived utility of GFV from key stakeholders, exploring potential enhancements in the system. It is expected that the student will develop and execute assessment plans that may include:

  1. Interviewing public health officials, researchers, and decision- makers to assess the utility of GFV and its features;
  2. Interact with existing program partners identifying strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.

Expected impact: Enhancing the utility of GFV hinges on a thorough assessment of its perceived value among key stakeholders. This direct engagement is crucial for identifying strengths, uncovering weaknesses, and pinpointing opportunities for improvement. Armed with this knowledge, GFV can be fine-tuned to meet the evolving needs of public health officials, researchers, and the wider community. This focus on utility ensures that GFV remains a relevant, user-centered tool that effectively supports public health decision-making and intervention strategies.

What we offer

 - Fully-funded opportunity: $5000 internship stipend to support work over the period of the project (5 months).

 - Skills Development in Digital Epidemiology and Participatory Surveillance: Participants will receive guided mentorship by the research faculty leading the project, focused on the implementation of digital tools for epidemiological research.

 - Inspiration for Future Research and Dissertation Themes: Through exposure to cutting-edge research and global health challenges, students will uncover new ideas and themes that can inspire innovative dissertation topics that contribute to the advancement of public health knowledge.

 - Opportunity to co-author peer-reviewed papers: Enhancing student’s research and writing skills and significantly contributing to their credibility and visibility in the academic community. This experience prepares students for future scholarly pursuits and positions them as knowledgeable contributors in their field of study.

 - Internship credits eligibility: Students have the opportunity to earn internship credits through the GFV Spark Program, offering a valuable pathway to gain professional public health experience, start building a professional network, and refine their post-graduation career plans.

What we expect

 - Time Commitment: Selected candidates must dedicate a minimum of 15 hours per week to the project. This time allocation is essential for deep engagement with the project's objectives and activities, ensuring meaningful contributions and the achievement of set goals.

 - In-Person Meetings: Students are required to attend regular in-person meetings at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (Drachman hall building). These meetings are crucial for collaborative planning, progress updates, and receiving direct mentorship and support from the program leaders and peers. For students living outside Tucson metropolitan area, flexibility may be considered for in-person meetings.

 - Engagement with Public Health Departments: Students must be prepared to meet with state, local, or tribal public health departments as part of their project activities. These interactions are key to understanding real-world public health challenges, integrating GFV into existing health monitoring systems, and fostering partnerships for participatory surveillance programs.

 - Diligence and Commitment: We expect all participants to approach the project with diligence and a strong commitment to developing and executing their proposed activities. This includes thorough research, strategic planning, and the implementation of initiatives aimed at expanding, growing, and enhancing the utility of GFV.

 - Communication Skills: Effective communication is vital for the success of the GFV Spark program. Students must possess excellent communication skills, enabling them to clearly articulate ideas, collaborate effectively with team members and stakeholders, and disseminate project outcomes. This includes both written and verbal communication, as well as the ability to produce engaging promotional materials and reports.


Open exclusively to graduate students (master’s degree, pre-doc, PhD) and post-docs of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a detailed application outlining their project idea. Also, it is required that a candidate submit a 2-minutes video explaining why they should be selected for this call.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on articulation of the ideas, innovative approach, feasibility, potential for impact and alignment with the objectives of the program.


All proposals must be submitted by April 19th. Late submissions will not be considered.

Award Notification

Successful applicants will be notified on or after April 24th.



Contact Information

For further inquiries about the GFV Sparks program, please contact Prof. Onicio Leal at

We look forward to your innovative proposals and to working together towards a healthier future through the advancement of Global Flu View.