Interprofessional Global Health Course


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 at the time in health professional students’ curricula at McGill University. Now, in its 14th year, the course aims to build on current curricula and engage participants in an interdisciplinary discussion of global health contexts. It is open to McGill students studying dentistry, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, speech-language pathology, dietetics and human nutrition, and students from other academic backgrounds with a strong interest in global health. The course is a 10-week lecture series that meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The format for each lecture will include a 1-hour lecture and 1-hour of student-led activities. The course will incorporate online lecture-based learning, case studies, speakers and panel discussions, small group activities, and audio-visual materials to meet the following course objectives:


  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.

Course Details

Who can apply? 

The course is open to McGill students studying dentistry, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, dietetics and human nutrition, and speech-language pathology. Students from other academic backgrounds (U2 and higher) with a strong interest in global health are welcome to apply.

When is the class? 

The course will run from January 12, 2021 to March 30, 2021 on Tuesday evenings from 6PM to 8PM.


The course will be available online in MyCourses.


Subjects covered in the course include, but are not limited to, the global burden of disease, ethics and cultural safety, politics and policy, refugee health, food insecurity, environment, and indigenous health.


  • This is a free, non-credit course.
  • The course will accept a maximum of 120 students.
  • Eligible students must complete the 2021 IPGHC student registration form.
  • The IPGHC student committee will review all registration forms.
  • Selection to the course will be based on the student program, year of study, motivation to take the course, and overall interest in global health.
  • Students will need to attend  8 out of the 10 online classes
  • Students must complete a pre-and post-survey for the course.
  • Students who meet the requirements for the course will receive a certificate of completion.
  • Students who complete the course will have it stated on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).


Registration for the 2021 McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course is closed.


2021 Course  Schedule - This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change due to the availability of speakers.


Lecture Topic


Week 1

January 12

Introduction to Global Health

Dr. Tim Evans, Inaugural Director and Associate Dean, School of Population and Global Health, McGill University

Week 2

January 19

Black Lives Matter Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Associate Professor, School of Nursing,  Dalhousie University

Week 3

January 26

Politics and Policy  Dr. Raphael Lencucha, Associate Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Week 4

February 2

Oral Health as Global Health Dr. Habib Benzian, Research Professor, Epidemiology and Health Promotion, NYU College of Dentistry

Week 5

February 9

Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health: Scaling-Up Programs for Sustainable Impact

Dr. Yves Bergevin, Associate Professor, Director of Global Health Programs in the Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Week 6

February 16

Indigenous Health

Dr. Caroline Tait, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan and Research Affiliate for the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre

Week 7

February 23

Environmental Health

Dr. Daniele Lantagne, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

Week 8

March 16

Global Mental Health

Dr. Nicole D'souza, Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University

Dr. Ana Gómez-Carrillo, Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University

Week 9

March 23

Contemporary Issues in Humanitarian Action and Ethics in Humanitarian Health


Dr. Paul Spiegel, Professor, Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Mathew Hunt,  Associate Professor, McGill School of Physical & Occupational Therapy

Week 10

March 30

Advocacy and Global Health

Results Canada, Non-Profit Advocacy Organization, Ottawa, Ontario

Course Materials

All course materials will be available on MyCourses for registered participants.

The McGill IPGHC Team 2020-2021

Student Coordinators

Homa Fathi, DDS, MSc. Dental Sciences Candidate (2021)
Naomie Gamondele, RN, Bachelor of Nursing (Integrated) Candidate (2021)
Noémie Tito, CAT(C), MSc. (Applied) Physical Therapy Candidate (2022)
Nardin Farag, M.D., C.M. Candidate (2023)

Faculty advisors

Dr. Yves Bergevin, MD, Global Health Program Director, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Christine DeSantis, BA, BSW, MSW, Student Affairs Administrator, Global Health Programs, McGill University
Dr. Raphael Lencucha, BScOT, PhD, Associate 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-time Faculty Lecturer, Ingram School of Nursing, 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 (McGill crest separated with a vertical bar from a purple globe showing the African, Eurasian and Oceania continent as dots and a partial arc with the words "McGill Global health Programs" in English and French)

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