Interprofessional Global Health Course

Information on the 2018 IPGHC will be coming soon

The McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course (IPGHC) is a student-led initiative that was started in 2007 in an effort to address the paucity of global health content in health professional students' curricula at McGill University. The course is open to students from the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, including the Schools of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, and Communication Science as well as the Schools of Social Work, and Dietetics and Human Nutrition. Students from other academic backgrounds with a strong interest in global health are also welcomed.


1.     To increase student awareness of the global burden of diseases and the geopolitics of global health.
2.     To expose students to the realities and challenges facing health professionals in a global and local context.
3.     To provide a framework for students to approach global health challenges.
4.     To encourage inter-professionalism by facilitating collaboration and communication amongst students.
5.     To inspire students to consider applying global health principles to their professional practice.

To meet these objectives, the course will employ lecture-based learning, case studies, speakers and panel discussions, small group activities, and audio-visual materials.

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Course Details

Who can apply? The course is open to McGill students from the programs of medicine, dentistry, nursing, dietetics and human nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, and speech-language pathology. We also welcome students from other majors (U2 and above).

When is the class? Tuesday evenings, from 6 to 8 PM, starting on January 17, 2017 (10 weeks total, no class during Reading Week)

Where? McIntyre Building, Room 210/11 (McGill downtown campus)

What? Subjects that will be covered by the course: global burden of disease, ethics and cultural sensitivity, politics and policy, refugee health, environment and indigenous health, and many more!


  • It is free!
  • It is a non-credited course.
  • A certificate of completion will be given out at the end of the course. To qualify for the Certificate, participants need to be present at 8 out of the 10 classes, complete a quick pre- and post-survey, and submit a short final reflective assignment that will not be graded.
  • Students in medicine and dentistry completing this class will have a mention on their MSPR (Dean's Letter).
  • There are only 80 spots this year! Selection will be based on program, year of study, and elements of motivation for taking this course. 


Registration for 2017 is now closed.

2017 Schedule

Last updated Nov 14, 2016


Lecture Topic

Interactive Activity


Week 1

January 17

Introduction to global Health (1 hour)

Jeopardy game (1 hour)

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD

Week 2

January 24

Ethics in Global Health (1 hour)

Ethical cases discussion

 (1 hour)

Dr. Matthew Hunt, PT, PhD

Week 3

January 31

Politics & Policy
(1 hour)

Stakeholders roleplay (1 hour)

Dr. Raphael Lencucha, OT

Week 4

February 7

Reproductive and maternal health (1 hour)

Jeopardy game (1 hour)


Dr. Yves Bergevin

Week 5

February 14

Systemic Racism in Healthcare
(1 hour)

Are we racists?

Jeffrey Andrion, PT

Week 6

February 21

Cultural Competency (1 hour)

Practice scenarios
 (1 hour)

Dr. Hannah Shenker, MD

Week 7

March 7

Indigenous Health (1 hour)

TBC (1 hour)

Ms. Glenda Sandy, RN

Week 8

March 14

Advocacy and political action (1 hour)

Stakeholders roleplay (1 hour)

 Dr. David Berimoh, MD

Week 9

March 21

Environmental Health (1 hour)

Water, hygiene & sanitation case studies

Dr. Daniele Lantagne, ing

Week 10

March 28

Refugee Talk Panel (1 hour)

Wine and Cheese (1+ hour)

Dr. Rachel Thibeault
Dr. Rachel Kiddell-Moroe
Dr. Amos Hercz
Dr. Neda Faregh

Week 1: Introduction to Global Health

  1. Define Global Health in the local and international contexts
  2. Identify the social determinants of health
  3. Define Global Burden of Disease
  4. Discuss and illustrate how Global Burden of Disease can be measure and how online tools can be used to better understand global health challenges
  5. Explore the criteria necessary for successful Interprofessional global health initiatives

Prof. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD

Prof Madhukar Pai is a Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB Centre.

Madhu Pai did his medical training and community medicine residency in Vellore, India. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF.

Madhu serves as a Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the STAG-TB committee of WHO, Geneva; Scientific Advisory Committee of FIND, Geneva; and Access Advisory Committee of TB Alliance, New York. He has previously served on the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership. He is on the editorial boards of Lancet Infectious Diseases, PLoS Medicine, eLife, PLoS ONE, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, among others.

Madhu’s research is mainly focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, especially in high-burden countries like India and South Africa. His research is supported by grant funding from the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has more than 250 publications. He is recipient of the Union Scientific Prize, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and Haile T. Debas Prize. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Week 2: Ethics in Global Health

Healthcare provision is guided by the philosophy that one should, at the very least, “do no harm”. Students and healthcare providers must understand ethical issues surrounding global health work and contribute to creating sustainable solutions. After this session, students will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise normative arguments related to global health ethics
  2. Understand some of the ethical issues surrounding global health practices, especially international clinical electives
  3. Analyze a case study relating to ethical issues arising during global health training

Matthew Hunt, PT, PhD

Matthew Hunt is the Director of Research and an Associate Professor in the McGill University School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, and an Associate Member of the McGill Biomedical Ethics Unit.  Previously, he has worked as a physiotherapist in Montreal, North Africa and the Balkans.

Matthew’s research interests are at the intersections of ethics, global health and rehabilitation. He currently leads research projects related to oversight of research in situations of disaster; needs of persons with disability during crises; and ethics of humanitarian healthcare and public health responses.  Matthew also heads a capacity building project for rehabilitation providers in Haiti and co-directs the Humanitarian Health Ethics Network (

Week 3: Global Health Politics

With continuous globalization, there is a need for more effective collaboration between different actors of global health like governments, corporations, NGOs and other actors in global health. After this session, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the major actors in global health.
  2. Identify the roles of UNICEF, WHO, USAID, International Agencies, and NGOs.
  3. Understand the dynamics between the global north and global south and how they influence global health.

Dr. Raphael Lencucha

Dr. Lencucha is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy. Prior to joining McGill University in 2013 he was an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. His principal area of research focuses on global health governance and the political economy of public health policy. He has conducted research on the development and negotiation of the first global public health treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). His current research focuses on the implementation of the FCTC in Brazil, Philippines, Kenya, Malawi (a non-signatory) and Zambia. The latter research examines institutional design, intersectoral and multilevel governance and their impact on FCTC implementation. His work has appeared in the Lancet, Health Policy and Planning, the Journal of Public Health Policy, the Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law, Globalization and Health, Global Health Governance among others.

Week 4: Reproductive and Maternal Health

  1. Understand the magnitude of challenges in reproductive and maternal health
  2. Understand priority setting in health: burden of disease, efficacy, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, socio-cultural acceptability of interventions
  3. Understand principles of scale-up of effective interventions including sequencing
  4. Learn about some successful interventions in reproductive and maternal health
  5. Learn about progress from 1990-2015 in the context of MDGs and think through what might it take to ensure universal access to reproductive health and eliminate preventable maternal mortality by 2030

Dr. Yves Bergevin

Assistant Professor, Director of Global Health Programs in the Department of Family Medicine, Médecin conseil, Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux; Consultant, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Dr. Bergevin completed twelve years of service at the United Nations in 2013, where he was Coordinator of the Maternal Health Thematic Fund (MHTF) and Senior Maternal Health Advisor, providing overall leadership in maternal health for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).  He has held several senior level positions in global health, including Chief Health at UNICEF, where he fostered a renewed focus on child survival and a major increase in funding for health. Prior to this, he was Principal Advisor, Health, Population and Nutrition for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), wrote CIDA’s first ever Strategy for Health and contributed to making health a development priority for Canada. He advocated successfully for a renewed focus on immunization and was, together with his Minister, one of the founding Board Members of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), convinced of the benefits of performance-based funding towards sustained impact.   He also fostered a strong health, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and development focus of G8 Summits, submitted with a colleague to the Government of Canada the concept of a global fund and secured the initial Canadian funding towards the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).  He then convened G7 members around the issue leading to the initial G7 pledging of funds for the GFATM.  He has also served as a Member of the Board on Global Health, National Academies of Sciences (USA), and a Member of the STOP TB Coordinating Board and of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board.

Week 5: Systemic Racism in Healthcare

  1. Defining the construct of racism;
  2. Ratifying this construct in our current context;
  3. Exploring the implications of racism (as a social determinant of health) in the provision of healthcare services

Jeffrey Andrion

Jeffrey Andrion started his life in Canada with an industrial mop on one hand and an unraised fist on the other. As a racialized immigrant with a non-North American accent, his research work has been inspired both by his personal experiences and the stories of his fellow internationally educated colleagues. Fifteen years after landing in Canada, the industrial mop is now gone but the fist has been raised. Jeffrey is currently completing his PhD in Health at York University in Toronto. He is a Lecturer at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto.

Week 6: Cultural Competency

  1. Social Determinants of Health - a quick review
  2. Defining Culture
  3. Cultural competency in Healthcare Delivery
    a. Definitions
    b. Goals
    c. Benefits and Outcomes
  4. Approaches to Culturally competent care
  5. Three examples of innovative projects
  6. Case discussions

Dr. Hanna Shenker

Hannah Shenker is a Montreal based family physician with a special interest in maternal-child health and obstetrics. Dr. Shenker began her career at the Inuulitsivik Health Center in Puvirnituq, Quebec, a community health center that serves the geographically isolated Inuit population of Nunavik, Quebec. She resettled in Montreal in 2012 and has since been practicing family medicine obstetrics at the Jewish General Hospital, CLSC Côte des Neiges, and La Maison Bleue. Dr. Shenker is a faculty lecturer in Family Medicine at McGill University, teaching medical students and residents in family medicine.

Week 7: Indigenous Health

  1. Discuss the major health issues in the Aboriginal population
  2. Understand the stigmatization faced by the Aboriginal population in the healthcare system
  3. Explore the history of stigmatization of the Aboriginal population
  4. Discuss the impact of environmental changes
  5. Identify challenges that healthcare providers may face in providing care to Aboriginal patients

Ms. Glenda Sandy

Glenda Sandy is a Registered Nurse, on educational leave from the CLSC Naskapi in Kawawachikamach, QC. She is currently pursuing a Maîtrise en Santé Communautaire at Université Laval in Québec City. A proud Naskapi-Cree woman, she was born and raised in Schefferville, QC and is a member of both the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach in Quebec and Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba. Her major in her program of study is Health Promotion and she wishes to return to her community after completing her studies to focus on community based approaches in health prevention/promotion program development. Her main areas of interest are First Nations patient advocacy, education and capacity building.

Week 8: Advocacy and Political Action

  1. Discuss the importance of advocacy and political action with regards to healthcare
  2. Discuss the role of healthcare professionals in advocacy and political action

Dr. David Benrimoh

David Benrimoh (MD.,CM.) is a first year Psychiatry Resident at McGill University. He graduated from McGill Medicine in 2016. As leader of a pan-Canadian working group, David published a paper entitled "An Advocacy and Leadership Curriculum to Train Socially Accountable Medical Learners (MededPublish, open access) which outlines a practical curriculum for empowering healthcare students to become advocates at the patient, institutional, and community/population levels. He has also contributed to modules on leadership teaching as part of the TISLEP initiative. As a long-time advocate, David has served as a Senator and Councilor at McGill, working on mental health and smoking policies; has lobbied for better public access to psychotherapy and other causes at the National Assembly; and has lobbied for a national Pharmacare program at the federal level. The winner of several leadership awards, David is dedicated to making advocacy accessible and to promoting empowered citizenship. His other interests include neuroscience research, science fiction, the singularity, and Lego.

Week 9: Environmental Health: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

  1. Understand the basic principles of water, sanitation and hygiene;
  2. Understand the fundamentals of household water treatment and safe storage;
  3. Using the case study of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, gain a better understanding of how waterborne diseases spread and what can be done at the various stages of an outbreak to slow its progression;
  4. Examine the role of water, sanitation and hygiene in the context of Ebola.

Dr. Daniele Lantagne

Dr. Lantagne is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 and 2001. She received her Ph.D. from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011. Between her degrees she worked as a Public Health Engineer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2003-2010) and the Programs Director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association (1997-2000). Before joining Tufts University, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability Science at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Since 2000, she has provided technical assistance to, and evaluation of, water treatment programs in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America.

Week 10: Refugee Health

  1. Main things to keep in mind when providing health-care services to refugees
  2. Considerations regarding health screening the asylum seekers
  3. Detention centres
  4. Local access to health-care services for refugees in Canada, strengths and limitations
    - Interim Federal Health program (IFHP) limitations
    - Wait period before eligibility for provincial or territorial health insurance
  5. Refugee children health, nutrition, psychological issues and consequences
  6. How can we improve the refugee health situation both on a personal service delivery level, and on policy-making level
  7. Syrian refugees, the implications

Dr. Rachel Thibeault

A Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Rachel specializes in Community-Based Rehabilitation, psychosocial care, and issues of meaning and resilience in hard-to- access settings, communities affected by HIV/AIDS and ex or current conflict areas.
For the past 35 years, she has worked in the High Arctic, South East Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Middle East with war and torture survivors, AIDS orphans, child soldiers and people living with leprosy. For her work for and with vulnerable populations, she was awarded in 2013 the title of Officer of the Order of Canada and, in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society of International Health and an Honorary Degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

A lawyer and an activist, specialising in global health, governance and bioethics. Joining MSF in 1992, Rachel spent five years in the field as head of mission in Djibouti, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also spent four years in Latin America heading a regional humanitarian affairs initiative. Between assignments, Rachel has taken on a variety of programme, advocacy and policy roles with MSF, including Director of the Access Campaign in Canada between 2003 and 2007. Rachel is currently President of the Board of Directors of the international advocacy group Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and has consulted for a number of health organisations internationally. Rachel was first elected to the International Board in June 2013, and reelected for a second term in 2016. Rachel was reelected to the International Board during the 2016 IGA.

Dr. Amos Hercz

An attending physician at Santa Cabrini Hospital and Lachine Hospital. He also often works at Timmins and District Hospital in Northern Ontario. Dr. Hercz worked in Nepal and India with various local NGOs shortly after beginning university. After graduation, he joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2010. Since then he has participated in several emergency missions. Dr. Hercz arrived in Haiti in 2010 shortly after the start of its cholera epidemic. He worked in case management, staff training, human resource management, pharmacy management, and new project exploration. He presented his analysis of this epidemic to many audiences including at Grand Rounds at McGill University in 2012. He worked in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo during a measles epidemic in 2011. He treated children with measles, participated in a vaccination campaign, and undertook epidemiologic surveillance of the local population both during and afterward. He worked in Sidama, SNNPR, Ethiopia in 2012, where he assisted in opening a new therapeutic feeding center and multiple outreach clinics during a malnutrition emergency. He worked in Bangui, Central African Republic in 2013, treating internally displaced people affected by violence, epidemics, and conflict. He undertook both primary medical care and a mass vaccination program for measles. In Canada, he is a frequent speaker for MSF. He has contributed interviews and photo media to its publications. He organized two medical conferences for MSF Canada. One was on the use of ultrasound in resource poor settings, one of his clinical interests. He has also been a frequent lecturer for the McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative

Dr. Neda Faregh

Neda Faregh, Ph.D., is a Health Psychologist with experience in French and English sub-Saharan Africa, carrying out implementation research and field work, training and mentoring, capacity building, and interacting with governmental institutions as well as NGOs. She has adapted and taught the WHO’s mhGAP training program in different settings and to multicultural audiences including refugee camps, post-Ebola primary health care facilities, and a virtual classroom. She was involved in researching and writing the Mental Health National Policy of the Republic of Guinea, establishing a mental health program for Ebola survivors and establishing a psychiatric unit at a regional hospital. She is the founder of the first psychology clinic in Chad and has worked with Chad’s Ministry of Health and National School of Midwifery and Nursing to design a national mental health curriculum for nurses, midwives, and social workers. She is an adjunct professor of psychology at Carleton University and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. She works as a mental health researcher at The Montreal WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre. Her skills include quantitative and qualitative data analysis and research design, project management in multicultural environments and in-depth knowledge of cultural influences, migration, and refugee policies. She is skilled at engaging and working with international groups. Fluent in French and English and Farsi.


Course Material

All course material can be found of MyCourses for registered participants.

The McGill IPGHC Team 2016-2017

Student Coordinators

Nursing: Jongwoo Kim
Physiotherapy: Ali Alias
Medicine: Frank Rizqo & Martin Fogal

Faculty advisors

Dr. Yves Bergevin, MD, Global Health Program Director, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Kristin Hendricks, MPH, BSN, Program Manager, Global Health Programs, McGill University
Raphael Lencucha, OT(C), PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Jodi Tuck, RN, HBSc, MSc(A), PNC(C), Full-time Faculty Lecturer, Global Health Concentration Lead, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
Andrea Zdyb, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Video Suggestions

The UN Millennium Declaration (3 min, 2007)
Short introductory video which lists the 8 MDG and is accompanied by an excerpt from Kofi Annan’s address to the millennium summit in 2000.

Yes they can! Gapminder by Rosling:
About low and middle income countries that, with economic and health progress, are catching up with high income countries.

Gapminder  on maternal health

The girl effect (3 min)
Quick animation about issues affecting maternal health.

My Sister Myself  (13min, 2003)
Short video featuring testimony of mothers and midwives in villages and slums across Africa and South East Asia.

First, Do No Harm: A Qualitative Research Documentary (1 hr, by Alyson and Tim Holland) ttp://

WHO: Mental Health (5 min)

Video: 3rd World Canada, Family on the Edge
The synopsis: Set in the backdrop of the aftermath of the suicide of three parents, the documentary explores the impact of 3rd world conditions on the children left behind and a community's courage in looking after them.       

The trailer is here:

Interesting Clips
Short clips calling for action to solves global issues.

UNICEF movies

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