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Spring 2016 UI Global Health Workshop: Engaging in Global Health

April 7-9, 2016

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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 C Bruner Luse

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.​                                                                                                                                            

Audrey FergusonPhoto of Audrey Ferguson

As a student at George Mason University I studied Nursing with a minor in Global Affairs and participated in the Critical Language Scholarship program twice.  After working for a couple years at a trauma center I volunteered with the Bangladesh Health Project to teach nursing in Bangladesh.  I returned to the US in late 2014 and took a job in Liberia as an Ebola Response Nurse with Partners In Health.  Today I work in the Burn Treatment Unit at the University of Iowa Hospital, and I have just enlisted in the Army National Guard.

Lisa Fleming

Lisa Fleming

Lisa Fleming joined The World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa in June 2001. She is responsible for leading the Foundation’s global youth programs for high school students and teachers as well as developing the Foundation’s education outreach relationships at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Meredith Mahy Gall            

Meredith Mahy Gall

James Giblin 

Professor, African History, History Department, University of Iowa

James Giblin

James Giblin has been a member of the History Department since 1986. His primary research interest is Tanzania and East Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His first book, The Politics of Environmental Control in Northeastern Tanzania, 1840-1940 (University of Pennsylvania Press), explored connections between environmental and political change. More recent research on social history in twentieth-century Tanzania has been published as A History of the Excluded: Making Family and Memory a Refuge from State in Twentieth-Century Tanzania (James Currey, 2006).  He also co-authored a book entitled The Victimization of Women in Late Precolonial and Early Colonial Warfare in Tanzania.   His current work includes co-direction of a collaborative research project on the oral history of the Maji Maji war, a major rebellion against German colonialism in Tanzania during 1905-06.

 Craig Just

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department, College of Engineering, University of Iowa

Craig Just

Craig Just joined the College of Engineering in 1993. He has a B.S. and a M.A. in Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Iowa. He has special interests in the use of sensors to measure water quality at rapid intervals; use of mussels as living biosenors; fate of pharmaceuticals in non-conventional wastewater treatment systems and human exposure to PCBs resulting from industrial dredging operations.

Jacob Kundert

Jacob Kundert

​Jacob is a doctoral candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, in the Community Behavioral Health program in the University of Iowa's College of Public Health.

Maureen McCue

Maureen McCue

Professor, College of Public Health & College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Iowa and Coordinator, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility. PDr. Maureen McCue is a founding member, faculty, and former director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program as well as a founding board member for the UI Center for Human Rights. As Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and of Liberal Arts & Sciences,

Dr. McCue has been teaching Health and Human Rights courses since 1997. Before coming to Iowa, she worked as a primary care provider with marginalized communities and has worked for a local women’s clinic for the last 16 years. She has coordinated the Iowa Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility for the last 10 years. Endeavors in each arena have focused broadly on the human right to health within a life supporting sustainable planet. Specific interests have focused on health impacts of militarism, energy/climate change, food policy, women’s and disability rights. Dr. McCue has traveled, consulted, and worked extensively as a peace maker, researcher, and physician.

Elizabeth "Libby" Miller

Elizabeth "Libby" Miller

Libby Miller is currently obtaining her Master's in Public Health (subtrack Epidemiology) and Certificate in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She received her BA in International Studies, with emphases in African Studies and Post-colonial/Diaspora Studies, Certificate in Global Health Studies, and minor in French from the University of Iowa in 2013. Libby studied abroad four times as an undergraduate in France, India, Madagascar and Senegal. In Madagascar, she interviewed traditional healers and researched integrated healthcare systems as a form of sustainable development in 2011. In Senegal, she surveyed physicians on strategies to improve recruitment and retention of healthcare workers to rural areas of Senegal in 2012. She currently works as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the UI Global Health Studies program and will begin medical school at Michigan State University in June.

Christine Petersen

Christine Petersen

Christine is the Director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. She graduated with her DVM from Cornell University in 1998, and completed her PhD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. With the first seeds planted as a veterinary student doing a summer research project on African Trypanosomiasis in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Petersen’s scientific career has focused on the prevention of zoonotic diseases, which primarily focuses on leishmaniasis. As an Associate Professor at University of Iowa, College of Public Health, she also teaches joint veterinary and graduate coursework and conducts outreach related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of zoonotic diseases within companion animal and human populations. Additionally, she collaborates with the Iowa State University Animal Shelter Medicine Program, populations ripe for spread of zoonotic infectious diseases. Her interest in ‘One Health’ was started while a veterinary student by a cadre of veterinarians working in global developing areas

Ted Powers

Ted Powers

Ted Powers teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa, and is currently a member of the university's Global Health Steering Committee. Ted Powers received his PhD from the CUNY graduate center in 2012. As a sociocultural anthropologist, his research focuses on the dynamics of health, politics, and social inequality in post-apartheid South Africa. Building on conceptual approaches from medical anthropology, the anthropology of development, transnationalism and African studies, Ted's' work focuses on situating the politics of South African health outcomes in an increasingly interconnected world.

George Pro

George Pro

George is currently a PhD student in the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Behavioral Health. His research interests include health disparities, substance abuse, mental health, and incarcerated populations. George has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas and a BS in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. Before coming to Iowa, George worked for the Clinton Foundation in Malawi researching best practices in the prevention of HIV transmission from a mother to a child. George also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi working on sustainable land use practices and agriculture.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer is the outreach archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. He has held this position since 2002. His primary duties include organizing conferences, working with professional organizations, and keeping the Hoover Library in the public eye. Schaefer also does reference and collection management tasks. Before coming to the Hoover, Schaefer worked at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Iowa City and at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor. Schaefer lives in Iowa City with his wife, Karen Mason, who is Curator of the Iowa Women’s Archives.

Hannah Van Ochten

Hannah Van Ochten

Hannah is currently a senior studying biochemistry and global health studies at the University of Iowa and will be starting at University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy in the fall. She joined The ImmUNITY Campaign, a student org at Iowa, in 2014 and became their Director of Campaigns in 2015. The ImmUNITY Campaign has worked hard to form a relationship with Shot@Life, a campaign under the United Nation Foundation that advocates and fund raises for global vaccine access by competing in campus challenges, getting trained as ‘champions’, and attending Summit meetings. Hannah also volunteers in the NICU at the University Hospital and works as an undergraduate research assistant in the biochemistry department.