Upcoming Conferences and Events

Spring 2015 UI Global Health Workshop: Engaging in Global Health

April 7-9, 2016

GHS:3035:0001 (Please note: enrollment for this class is closed)

Engaging in Global Health...how do you start, how can you become a participant in promoting health throughout the world? The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in 2000, commits world leaders to promote global health through combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women.

Are you planning on becoming an educator, an engineer or lawyer? Or perhaps a dietician, political scientist or social activist? How can these professions participate in promoting global health? There are many ways to get involved in the cause of global health, and this course will show you how. What can you do while you are still in school?  What career opportunities are available in global health?

During this workshop, students will hear from both student peers and global health professionals, as they share their experiences in global health. Students will gain an understanding of how professionals and volunteers work in a broad variety of settings. Discussions will include experiences of working with government-based programs, international organizations like UNICEF or World Vision, health care agencies, faith-based organizations, industry, and academic institutions. At the conclusion of this course, students will know a variety of ways to become engaged, to get involved in global health!

Evaluation and grades will be based on attendance, participation, and on a short essay due ten days after the end of the workshop.

Presenter Biographies

Christopher Squier
Director of Graduate Studies & Professor of Oral Pathology, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa
Director, Global Health Studies Program, University of Iowa.

Christopher Squier

Dr. Christopher Squier is Director of Graduate Studies and a Professor of Oral Pathology in the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He also directs the Global Health Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Dr. Squier received his education at the University of Cambridge and the London Hospital Medical College; he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (London). Dr Squier is actively involved at the national and international level in tobacco control and oral cancer prevention. He has worked on tobacco control in Iowa for over 25 years, during which time he served three terms on the State Commission for Tobacco Control. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Squier’s research is concerned with the mechanisms by which tobacco causes oral cancer and with the role of oral health professionals in assisting their patients with tobacco cessation. He has published over 200 books, chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

Christine Brunner Luse
Adjunct Faculty Member, Global Health Studies Program, University of Iowa


Christine received her B.S. in Nursing and her M.A. in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. As an Illinois native, she started her nursing career doing home health nursing visits in the high risk areas of Rockford, IL, while working as a “jail nurse” at the Winnebago County (Illinois) jail. After the completion of her M.A, she supervised a home health agency in Elgin, IL, followed by working as the Director of Nursing for the McHenry County Health Department in Woodstock, IL. In 1995, she started her own management consulting agency, specializing in non-profits, local government institutions, and local and state health departments. She has held several board positions in the past, including chairperson of the McHenry County Hispanic Liaison Committee; and the March of Dimes, Chicago Chapter, Public Affairs Committee. During her time as a consultant, she has had a variety of clients, including the City of West Chicago, numerous county health departments, the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, and McHenry County Domestic Violence Board. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the start-up of a low-income clinic in Elgin, IL. Christine is interested in many local and global public health issues, including human trafficking, preventable communicable diseases, and the effects of conflict on children and mothers.