Global Health Studies Program Steering Committee Members, 2016-17
GHSP policies, courses, and program offerings are determined by a steering committee consisting of faculty from a wide range of disciplines, including medical humanities, public health, nursing, dentistry, history, geography, anthropology, and women's studies, as well as P&S staff and students who meet as a body at least twice each semester. The steering committee also uses these meetings to evaluate all aspects of the program.
Faculty and Staff
Jeanine P. Abrons, Pharm.D., M.S.
College of Pharmacy/ Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
Research interests include service learning and community outreach initiatives including immunizations, planning / management, training, and resources [health screening apps]. She has coordinated an international experience in rural and natural medicine in Dominica, West Indies and currently trains students on providing preventative health service screenings to underserved patient populations.
Office: S428 PHAR
Dr. Abrons' website
David Bedell, M.D.
Family Medicine, Carver College of Medicine
Research interests include Community Oriented Primary Care; Community Participation in Health Care and in the Formation of Health Policy; Health Care Access; Rural Health.
Office: 01290 Pomerantz Family Pavilion
Dr. Bedell's website
Karmen Berger, Ph.D.
Associate Director/ Senior Academic Advisor Global Health Studies Program
Office: 21 Schaeffer Hall
Global Health Studies Academic Programs website
Christine C. Brunner Luse, B.S.N., M.P.A
Global Health Studies Program
Courses include The Politics and Ethics of Global Health; Engaging in Global Health; Visualizing Global Health through Popular Fiction and Film. President of Brunner Luse Associates (specializing in non-profit, public health, and local government mangagement).
Office: 1111 UCC
Brunner Luse Associates website
Christopher T. Buresh, M.D., M.P.H.
Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa/ Carver College of Medicine
Clinical interests include ATV injury prevention and unusual causes of abdominal pain. Co-founder and current board member of Community Health Initiative which works to address the needs of rural Haitians who otherwise have no access to care.
Office: 1008 RCP
Dr. Buresh’s website
Community Health Initiative Haiti website
Margaret Carrel, Ph.D.
Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Research interests include medical geographic research using GIS and spatial statistical techniques. Courses include Health and Environment: GIS Applications; Geography of Asia: Japan to Pakistan; and Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food.
Office: 303 Jessup Hall
Dr. Carrel’s website
Claudia Corwin, M.D., M.P.H.
Internal Medicine, University of Iowa/ Carver College of Medicine
Clinical interests include public health, occupational medicine and transplant surgery.
Dr. Corwin's website
Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Director, Public Policy Center; Director, Health Policy Research Program
Preventive and Community Dentistry
Public Policy Center
Office: 212 South Quadrangle
Dr. Damiano's website
Helena Dettmer, Ph.D.
Classics; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Curriculum/ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
DEO Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
Office: 120 Schaeffer Hall
Dr. Dettmer's website
Mariola Espinosa, Ph.D.
History; Latin American Studies Program; Associate Faculty Director of the UI Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include historical understandings of fever in French, British, Spanish and U.S. Caribbean empires. Undergraduate courses address the history of medicine and public health in Latin America and disease in the Caribbean; graduate courses address global history of Latin American science and medicine and readings on disease in the Caribbean.
Office: 168 SH
Dr. Espinosa's website
Carol Gorney, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education
Physicians Assistant Studies and Services
Office: 5169 WL
Maureen McCue, M.D., Ph.D.
Global Health Studies Program; Public Health; Anthropology; former Director of GHSP
Research interests include women's health, rural and environmental health, human rights. Courses include Global Health Service Learning; Climate Change and Health; Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees; and Global Health and Human Rights.
Office: 1120 University Capitol Centre/ 21 Schaeffer Hall
Robin Paetzold-Durumeric, M.B.A.
Edith A. Parker, M.P.H., Ph. D.
Director, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health
Research interests include community-based participatory health interventions, environmental health promotion, risk communication and community engagement and outreach.
Office: N432A CPHB
Dr. Parker’s website
Ted Powers, Ph.D.
Anthropology and Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include medical anthropology, globalization, development, HIV/AIDS, political economy and South Africa. Courses include Introduction to Global Health Studies, Africa: Health and Society; Global Health Seminar: Transnational Perspectives on Health Movements and Social Change.
Office: 217 Macbride Hall
Dr. Powers' website
Christopher Squier, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, College of Dentistry; Faculty Director of the UI Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include the relationship between tobacco and oral disease and the role of the health professional in reducing tobacco use among their patients.
Office: N419 DSB
Dr. Squier's website
James Tamerius, Ph.D.
Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Research interests include climate and human health, seasonality of respiratory disease, heat waves, and indoor environments. Courses include Climatology; Population Geography.
Office: 310 Jessup Hall
Dr. Tamerius' website
Karen Wachsmuth, Ph.D.
Emily Wentzell, Ph.D.
Anthropology; Latin American Studies Program
Research interests include the gendered social consequences of aging, illness, sexual health problems and related medical treatments (primarily in Mexico). Courses include Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Sexuality, Health in Mexico, Using Ethnographic Methods.
Office: 237 Macbride Hall
Dr. Wentzell's website
Thad R. Wilson Ph.D., FNP-BC
Nursing; Executive Associate Dean School of Nursing and Health Studies
Research interests include immunizations, adolescent health, and school-based health centers. Dr. Wilson has worked in Honduras and Puerto Rico where he used his role as a bilingual male nurse practitioner to advocate for expanding RN practice in public health. Courses include Global Health Nursing.
Office: 101B CNB
Dr. Wilson's website