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, 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 11, 2022, to March 29, 2022, on Tuesday evenings from 6 PM to 8 PM.


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 2022 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 2022 McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course is closed. 




2022 Course  Schedule - This is a sample schedule 


Lecture Topic


Week 1

January 11

Introduction to Global Health

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

Week 2

January 18

Indigenous Health Dr. Alex McComber, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Week 3

January 25

Barriers to Transgender Individuals in Healthcare Ryan Sallas, MA, Transgender speaker and author who specializes in inclusion, diversity, and healthcare.

Week 4

February 1

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

Week 5

February 8

Maternal and Fetal Health Dr. Yves Bergevin, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University

Week 6

February 15

Challenges to Addressing Infectious Diseases Dr. Fredros Okumu, Director of Science at the Ifakara Health Institute, Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Week 7

February 22

Black Lives Matter Dr. Ingrid Waldron, HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University

Week 8

March 15

Oral Health

Dr. Richard Watt, Professor of Dental Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL and Director of Research for Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Week 9

March 22

Intersectional Mental Health


Dr. Nate Fuks, Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Psychology,  Director, The Virginia I. Douglas Centre for Clinical Psychology, McGill University

Week 10

March 29

Advocacy and Global Health Yolanda Richardson, MPH, JD, Executive Vice President of Global Programs Tobacco-Free Kids

Course Materials

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

The McGill IPGHC Team 2021-2022

Student Coordinators

  • Connor Prosty, M.D., C.M. Candidate (2024)
  • Olawale Olayemi Dudubo, BDS MSc (DPH), Ph.D. Oral Health Sciences Candidate (2024)
  • Salma Rafaf, Bachelor of Nursing Candidate (2023)
  • Catherine Stoyles, BSocSc, MSc. (Applied) Physical Therapy Candidate (2023)

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
  • Christine DeSantis, BA, BSW, MSW, Student Affairs Administrator, Global Health Programs, McGill University

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    McGill GHP Logo (McGill crest separated by a vertical bar from a purple globe and a partial arc with "McGill Global health Programs" in English & French)

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