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 15th 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, psychology, 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 and in-person 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, psychology, and speech-language pathology. Students from other academic backgrounds (U1 and higher) with a strong interest in global health are welcome to apply.

When is the class? 

The course will run from January 17, 2023, to April 11, 2023, on Tuesday evenings from 6 PM to 8 PM. There will be no class Feb. 14 & 28th or March 7th. You will be required to attend at least 8 lectures out of the 10 to receive the certificate and you will be required to attend 5 out of the 8 lectures in-person.


The course will be hybrid with a combination of in-person sessions on campus (McInytre 210/211) and online access. Course materials will be available online in MyCourses.


Subjects covered in the course include, but are not limited to, global mental health, advocacy and allyship, migrant and refugee health, climate crisis, Indigenous health, oral health, disability, politics and policy, and maternal health.


  • This is a free, non-credit course.
  • The course will accept a maximum of 100 students.
  • Eligible students must complete the 2023 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 must complete a pre-and post-survey for the course.
  • Students will be required to attend at least 8 lectures out of the 10 to receive the certificate and you will be required to attend 5 out of the 8 lectures in-person.
  • Students who meet all attendance and other course requirements will have it stated on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).


Faces inside puzzle pieces all connecting to each otherRegistration for the 2023 McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course is closed.




The 2023 course will start on Tuesday, January 17th. The schedule for 2023 is still preliminary and will be updated on this page as speakers are confirmed. 


Lecture Topic


Week 1

January 17

Introduction to Global Health

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

Week 2

January 24

Global Health Advocacy and Allyship Dr. Ananya Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University

Week 3

January 31

Climate Crisis and Global Health Sidra Riaz, Founder, Environmental Change Makers

Week 4

February 7

Indigenous Health Dr. Nicole Redvers, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Indigenous Health, University of North Dakota

February 14

Class cancelled  

Week 5

February 21

Global Mental Health Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia
*No classes Feb 28 or March 7*    

Week 6

March 14

Migrant and Refugee Health Yasir Essar

Week 7

March 21


Week 8

March 28

What will it take to end preventable maternal and child deaths and ensure universal access to reproductive health by 2030? Scaling-up for Sustained Impact? Dr. Yves Bergevin, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Week 9

April 4

Oral Health Dr. Paul Allison, Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University

Week 10

April 11

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

Course Materials

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

The McGill IPGHC Team 2022-2023

Student Coordinators

  • Hani Qamar, B.Sc. Psychology Candidate, minor in Health Geography & International Development Studies (2023).
  • Naomi Pastrana Mankovitz, B.Sc Nursing Candidate (2024)
  • Dana Jafarpour, DDS. PhD Candidate (2024). Vanier Scholar
  • Marianne Djigo, B.Sc. Anatomy and Cell Biology (2024)
  • Simon Rahman, MDCM Candidate (2026)

Faculty advisors

  • Dr. Yves Bergevin, MD, Department of Family Medicine, 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
  • Dr. Raphael Lencucha, BScOT, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
  • Kristin Hendricks, MPH, BSN, RN, Global Health Programs, McGill University

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