CUGH Newsletter – August 2011
Message from the Chair

It’s been a busy summer for the CUGH, with 2011 conference planning ramping up (see more below), the merger with GHEC going full steam ahead, and new members joining at a rapid clip, including:
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto

In the coming weeks I’d like to ask our members to keep their eyes out for a survey that will be coming via email from our partners at Emory University. The survey will help us better understand the state of global health education in North America. Initial results are expected to be released by November 2011.

As I mentioned, CUGH and GHEC continue to make progress towards a merger. Committees are in the process of developing program and organizational plans for the merged organization. Further announcements and details about the merger will be discussed at the November Annual Meeting in Montreal.

I hope you will agree that this newsletter highlights some of the the rich and diverse activities in which the CUGH and its members are involved. See you in Montreal!

— Haile T. Debas, MD
Chair, CUGH Board of Directors


Register Now at a Discounted Rate

Don’t miss your chance to register at a discounted rate for the 2011 Global Health Conference, which will take place in November in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Prices go up on October 1. Register now!

This year’s conference will feature many exciting sessions covering a range of topics relevant to academic global health programs. For example, there will be a panel on Global Health and the Media, featuring prominent journalists and media experts working around the world, including:

  • Dan Green, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Donald McNeil, Jr., the New York Times
  • Andre Picard, Globe & Mail
  • Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News

Other noteworthy sessions include:

  • Innovations in Global Nursing Education
  • Mobility, Displacement and Human Health
  • Ethics and Global Health Research
  • Delivering Transformational Change with Simple Solutions
  • Metrics and Global Health: Improving Accountability and Transparency

For more information and to register, visit the conference website:

Register for 2011 Global Health Conference »

CUGH Member Faculty Profile

  Yogesh Shah
Associate Dean, Global Health
Des Moines University

In 2006, Yogesh Shah was not sure where Belize was located on a map when he responded to a request for Des Moines University (DMU) faculty to accompany medical students there to do service work. This first foray into global health turned into such a success that Dr. Kendall Reed, the Dean of DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, decided to create a department of global health to make it easier for students to pursue international rotations. Reed appointed Shah to be the department’s first Associate Dean. Since then, the global health program has become a draw for DMU, with rotations available at six sites in five countries. Read more »

CUGH Member Student Profile

  Jennie Harris
University of Alabama at Birmingham
PhD candidate in Epidemiology

Although Jennie Harris says she had an interest in global health as early as high school, it wasn’t until a few years after finishing her undergraduate studies that she decided she wanted to work in the field. In 2001, she spent several months on a community development project in Guyana. Thinking back on the experience, she says “I knew nothing about HIV at the time. I remember learning about how the migration of men between their villages and mining communities and the power dynamic between teenage girls and older men were facilitating the spread of HIV in Guyana and I was fascinated.” Harris went on to complete an MPH at the University of Washington and in 2006 was awarded a one-year fellowship with HIVCorps, a program of the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ). An independent NGO affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (a new CUGH institutional member), CIDRZ develops short- and long-term solutions in the battle against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Africa. Read more »

CUGH Member Program Spotlight

Global Oral Health
School of Dentistry, University of California, San Francisco

  “Oral diseases are among the most common diseases of human kind. And the most neglected,” says Dr. John S. Greenspan, Associate Dean for Global Oral Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). “We actually have an epidemic of dental decay, particularly among underserved populations.” Recognizing this problem, the UCSF School of Dentistry has made improving global oral health a priority, as announced in its 2010 strategic plan. One step in that direction was establishing the Global Oral Health program, led by Greenspan.
Read more »

Coming Soon: Profiles of International Partners. We would like to profile the international partners with which CUGH academic institutions collaborate. Please submit ideas for an international partner to profile in a future CUGH newsletter to


CUGH Global Health Policy Update, August 2011

Recent developments surrounding federal foreign aid and research budgets will have an impact on the work we do within the academic global health community. Substantial cuts in funding for global health programs are expected in the FY 2012 budget, and we at CUGH have been following the debate around these issues important to our members. For a complete outline of these developments, read the CUGH Policy Update.

CUGH Partners with NACUBO to Create International Resource Center

CUGH has partnered with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and other organizations to develop a web resource for colleges and universities engaged in international activities. The International Resource Center (IRC), launched in beta form at the NACUBO Annual Meeting in July, is designed to provide a framework for the key areas that institutions need to be aware of when conducting activities abroad. Although each activity has its own unique characteristics to be specifically addressed, content on the site is meant to provide general guidance. A special session is planned for the November 2011 CUGH Annual Meeting to introduce member institutions to the tool. Read more »

UCSF to Host CUGH Board Members for Transforming Health Education Symposium

UCSF’s new Executive Director of Global Health Sciences, Jaime Sepulveda, is hosting a symposium, Transforming Health Education Globally: Four Years After, to be held September 9, 2011 at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on the progress and the growing potential of initiatives conceived at the September 2007 Global Health Sustainability: Focusing on the Workforce symposium held at UCSF. Central to the discussions will be the accomplishments and opportunities linked to the creation of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and the Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century. CUGH Board members Michele Barry, Haile Debas, King Holmes, Tom Quinn and Judy Wasserheit will be participating.

Submit your photos for the CUGH Facebook page

The CUGH will begin posting a “photo of the week” to its Facebook page! Please join us by submitting a photo accompanied by your name, institution, and a one-sentence caption to And don’t forget to “Like” CUGH’s Facebook page to see all the new photos!

Member News & Events

Global Health Opportunities

Faculty Position in Global Mental Health - Duke Global Health Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in global mental health at the Assistant Professor/early Associate Professor level. This will be a joint appointment in the Duke Global Health Institute and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine. The Institute and Department share a deep commitment to understanding causes of mental illness worldwide and to developing and studying implementation of novel interventions for mental disorders globally. Areas of particular interest include the depression, trauma, and addictions, and the interplay between mental and physical health in low to middle income countries. Application | Contact info: The deadline for receipt of applications is September 1, 2011. Application materials should be emailed as pdf files to:
CUGH Members: You can now submit your announcements and events to the CUGH website. Visit the submission page for more information.

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