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Global Health Interprofessional Council
The University of Maryland, Baltimore Global Health Interprofessional Council (GHIC) focuses on interprofessional global health education and training at UMB, supports the Global Health Certificate program, and pursues national leadership roles related to interprofessional global health education competencies.
Members of the GHIC (faculty and staff) represent the university's six professional schools. GHIC was created with the following goal in mind (from the original Fogarty grant proposal):
Our overall Goal is to provide a platform by which these researchers can interact to develop multidisciplinary research themes, as well as develop a high quality and affordable multidisciplinary training programs in global health giving existing students and working professionals the opportunity to pursue a global health career.
- Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, Visiting Professor, School of Social Work; Director, University of Maryland Student Center for Global Education
- Virginia Rowthorn, JD, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program, School of Law
- Bonnie Bissonette, Director, University of Maryland Student Center for Global Education
- Gregory Carey, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of Student Summer Research and Community Outreach, School of Medicine
- Samer El-Kamary, MB,ChB, MPH, Assistant Professor and Chair MPH Global Health Track, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine
- Heidi Fancher, MPH, Program Coordinator, CVD Malaria Group, School of Medicine
- Marjorie Forster, Assistant Vice President, Research and Global Health Initiatives, Office of Research and Development
- Leslie Glickman, PT, PhD, Professor and Director of Post-Professional Programs, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, School of Medicine
- Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, Associate Professor and Acting Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
- Jeffery Johnson, PhD, Professor and Director Office of Global Health, School of Nursing
- Miriam Laufer, MD, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Director of the Malawi Project
- Bernard Levy, DDS, MSD, Director of Global Operations, School of Dentistry
- Marik Moen, MPH, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health School of Nursing
- Dr. Edward Moreton, Professor, School of Pharmacy
- Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Office of Global Health, School of Nursing
- Dr. Judith Porter, Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry
- Rosemary F. Riel, MAA, Clinical Instructor and Associate Director for Partnership Development & Field Placement, Office of Global Health, School of Nursing
GHIC Projects and Programs
The Malawi Projects
An annual interprofessional student summer program in Malawi was sponsored by the Global Health Interprofessional Council from 2010 to 2013. Students were chosen from each professional school to participate in this unique experience, which not only cultivated closer collaboration among the students but also built and strengthened links with Malawian organizations.
In 2010, the inaugural interdisciplinary team performed a needs assessment of orphans & vulnerable children (OVCs) in the Salima District, Malawi. LEARN MORE.
In 2011, students carried out an interdisciplinary assessment of health utilization behavior for malaria illnesses. This is part of a larger University of Maryland study to conduct surveillance of the burden of malaria disease in several different regions of Malawi. LEARN MORE.
In 2012, the students worked together on a six-week study of maternal/child health services. The project was designed to determine if gaps in care exist, and if so why, from a local, national, and international perspective. LEARN MORE.
In 2013, two main objectives were pursued: (1) to foster an on-going relationship between the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Malawi Chancellor College of Law (Chanco) focused on their respective HIV law clinics, and (2) to engage the rural village of Mfera, located in the Chikhwawa District, to assess community need. LEARN MORE.
2013 GHIC Roundtable: “Building Global Health Team Excellence: Developing an Interprofessional Skills Competency Domain
The focus of the roundtable was to look at the intersection of global health education and interprofessional education (IPE) to determine what IPE concepts should be part of a well-designed global health education program to ensure that global health lives up to its definition – and promise – as a truly interprofessional field.
Program Description - Roundtable Materials(Word document)