Interprofessional Global Health Course

Welcome to the 12th annual Interprofessional Global Health Course!

The 2019 McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course will be heldon Tuesdays from 6-8pm in McIntyre 210/11, starting January 8th, 2019.

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.

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 8, 2019 and finishing on March 26, 2019 (10 weeks total, no class on March 5 or March 12, 2019 - 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 safety, politics and policy, refugee health, food insecurity, 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 the 2019 course is now closed.


Last updated November 13, 2018


Lecture Topic

Interactive Activity


Week 1

January 8

Introduction to Global Health / Burden of Disease (1.5 hour)

TBC (0.5 hour)

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD

Week 2

January 15

Global Health Politics & Policy
(1 hour)

Stakeholders Roleplay

(1 hour)

Dr. Raphael Lencucha, PhD, OT

Week 3

January 22

Ethics in Global Health (1 hour)

Ethical cases discussion

(1 hour)

Dr. John Pringle, BScN, MSc, PhD

Week 4

January 29

Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (1 hour)

Roleplay: Elaboration of a Global Health project, from funding to execution (1 hour)

Dr. Yves Bergevin, MD

Week 5

February 5

Environmental Health (1 hour)

Clinical Cases: Water & Hygiene (1 hour)

Dr. Daniele Lantagne, ing

Week 6

February 12

Global is Local: Advocacy and Political Action

Clincal cases: Refugees Health and Mental Health (1 hour)


Week 7

February 19

Cultural Safety, Inequities and Gender Health (1 hour)

TBC (1 hour)


Week 8

February 26

Global Food Insecurity and Hunger (1 hour)

TBC (1 hour)


Week 9

March 19

Indigenous Health (1 hour)

Blanket Activity (1 hour)

Ms. Glenda Sandy, RN

Week 10

March 26


Knowledge to Practice: How to Visualize Yourself as a Global Health Specialist  (1.5 hour)

End of Course Dinner
(1 hour)


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 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: 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 3: 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

John Pringle, BScN, MSc, PhD

John Pringle is Assistant Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University, and Vice Chair of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Ethics Review Board. John is a nurse and epidemiologist with a PhD in public health and bioethics. John’s first mission with MSF was as a nurse working in IDP camps along the Eritrean/Ethiopian border (2001). Upon his return, he did an MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology, and then two more MSF missions, both in northern Nigeria as a nurse-epidemiologist, responding to meningitis outbreaks (2006) and the Zamfara lead-poisoning outbreak (2010). After completing his PhD, John worked for MSF in Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola crisis (2015). He then did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University with the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group. John now teaches and conducts research in global health, humanitarian ethics, and research ethics.


Week 4: Reproductive, Maternal and Child 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

Associate 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: 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 6: Global is Local: 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
  3. Examine the roles of advocacy in Refugees Health and Global Mental Health


Week 7: Cultural Sensitivity, Inequities and Gender Health

    Coming soon


    Week 8:Global Food Insecurity and Hunger

    Malnutrition is a leading cause of death and disability around the world as well as a major obstacle to population health and economic development. Micronutrients are key to good nutrition and health, but an estimated one-third of the global population still suffers from malnutrition. This lecture will aim to answer questions like:

    1. What are the current barriers and challenges in addressing the persistent issue of global under-nutrition and hunger?
    2. How can a multidisciplinary approach involving medicine, law, management, agriculture, engineering, and other fields hope to address these issues?


    Week 9: 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 10: Knowledge to Practice: How to Visualize Yourself as a Global Health Specialist

    Healthcare providers must understand how to build knowledge and skills to work in Global Health. At the end of this session, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss about bridging the “Know-Do” gap
    2. Understand the interprofessional interactions to solve public health problems
    3. Understand how to follow a career and to be prepared to work in Global Health programs

    Panelists to be confirmed.

    Course Materials

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

    The McGill IPGHC Team 2018-2019

    Student Coordinators

    Dentistry: Mike Pham
    Medicine: Sara Ismail
    Nursing: Katie Chong
    Occupational Therapy: Tayseer Vericain

    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
    Dr. Svetlana Tikhonova, DMD, PhD, Faculty Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill Dentistry
    Catherine-Anne Miller, RN, MHSc, Full-timeFaculty Lecturer, 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

        McGill Global Health Programs Logo

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