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
Phone: 319-384-1114
Email: jeanine-abrons@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-384-7525
E-mail: david-bedell@uiowa.edu
Dr. Bedell's website

Karmen Berger, Ph.D.

Associate Director/ Senior Academic Advisor Global Health Studies Program
Office: 21 Schaeffer Hall
Phone: 319-384-1328
Email: karmen-berger@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-431-5167
Email: christine-brunnerluse@uiowa.edu

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
Phone: 319-356-5419
Email: Christopher-buresh@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-335-0154
Email: margaret-carrel@uiowa.edu
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.
Email: claudia-corwin@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-335-6813
Email: peter-damiano@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-335-2633
Email: helena-dettmer@uiowa.edu
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
Email: mariola-espinosa@uiowa.edu
Dr. Espinosa's website

Carol Gorney, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education
Physicians Assistant Studies and Services
Office: 5169 WL
Phone: 319-335-8925
Email: carol-gorney@uiowa.edu

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
Phone: 319-384-1328
Email: mickiq@earthlink.net

Robin Paetzold-Durumeric, M.B.A.

Global Programs Director, College of Medicine; Adjunct faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Office: 1187A MERF
Phone: 319-353-5762
Email: robin-paetzold@uiowa.edu
Global Programs website

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
Phone: 319-384-1472
Email: edith-parker@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-353-2817
Email: theodore-powers@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-335-7388
Email: christopher-squier@uiowa.edu
Dr. Squier's website

Autumn Tallman

Associate Director UI Study Abroad
Overseas Security Advisory Council, Academia Working Group
Office: 1111-T UCC
Phone: 319-335-0353
Email: autumn-tallman@uiowa.edu
UI Study Abroad 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
Phone: 319-335-1927
E-mail: james-tamerius@uiowa.edu
Dr. Tamerius' website

Karen Wachsmuth, Ph.D.

Associate Director, International Fellowships/ UI International Programs
Office:  1111 UCC
Phone: 319-335-1436
Email: karen-wachsmuth@uiowa.edu
International Programs Funding website

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
Phone: 319-335-0532
Email: emily-wentzell@uiowa.edu
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
Phone: 319-335-8210
Email: thad-wilson@uiowa.edu
Dr. Wilson's website