Level of Education

Doctoral Graduate


As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, in today’s interconnected, globalized world, the state of global health has profound implications for the national security and economic interests of the United States (U.S.) and thus the overall well-being of American citizens. Almost a year after COVID-19 first surfaced in Wuhan, China, the international community continues to reel from the myriad medical, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the U.S., the pandemic has brought the country’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) into serious question, concerning both America’s financial support of the WHO and its membership in the Organization. Both the former and the latter raise significant questions concerning global health, the international balance of power, the responsible use of American taxpayer dollars, and U.S. economic and national security interests. Using WHO statistics, expertise and research from both the international and domestic health communities, and analysis from both sides of America’s political aisle, the following pages seek to provide and rationalize a holistic and responsible policy solution as an answer to the essay’s essential question: Should the U.S. remain in the WHO, and if so, in what capacity?