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Interprofessional Global Health Course

Welcome to the 11th annual Interprofessional Global Health Course!

The 2018 McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course was held on Tuesdays from 6-8pm in McIntyre 210/11, starting January 9th, 2018.


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 9, 2018 and finishing on March 20, 2018 (10 weeks total, no class on March 6, 2018 - 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 is now closed for 2018.


Last updated November 30, 2017


Lecture Topic

Interactive Activity


Week 1

January 9

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

TBC (0.5 hour)

Dr. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD

Week 2

January 16

Global Health Politics & Policy
(1 hour)

Stakeholders Roleplay

(1 hour)

Dr. Raphael Lencucha, OT

Week 3

January 23

Ethics in Global Health (1 hour)

Ethical cases discussion

(1 hour)

Dr. John Pringle, BScN, MSc, PhD

Week 4

January 30

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 6

Environmental Health (1 hour)

Clinical Cases: Water & Hygiene (1 hour)

Dr. Daniele Lantagne, ing

Week 6

February 13

Global Food Insecurity and Hunger (1 hour)

TBC (1 hour)

Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quinonez

Week 7

February 20

Global is Local: Advocacy and Political Action

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

Dr. Rochelle Frounfelker

Week 8

February 27

Indigenous Health (1 hour)

Blanket Activity (1 hour)

Ms. Glenda Sandy, RN

Week 9

March 13

Privilege and Allyship: Gender Issues in Global Health (1 hour)

TBC (1 hour)

Dr. Stephanie Nixon

Week 10

March 20


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 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: 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 providers must critically evaluate ethical issues in global health and question their positionality within unjust and oppressive geopolitical structures. At the end of this session, students will:

  1. Critically evaluate the West Africa Ebola Crisis with a global health ethics lens
  2. Articulate the problematic nature of the humanitarian response to global inequalities
  3. Describe the ideological conditions behind global health austerity and philanthrocapitalism

John Pringle, BScN, MSc, PhD

John Pringle, BScN, MSc, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in humanitarian health ethics at McGill University, and Vice Chair of the MSF Ethics Review Board. John completed a PhD in Public Health and Bioethics at the University of Toronto, and he is a Registered Nurse (BScN, McMaster University) and epidemiologist (MSc, Queen’s University).

John worked as a northern outpost nurse in remote First Nations communities before joining Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2001, where he helped provide humanitarian aid in refugee camps during the Eritrean-Ethiopian war. In 2006, John did his second mission with MSF investigating outbreaks of meningitis in northern Nigeria, and in 2010 he returned with MSF to northern Nigeria to respond to the Zamfara lead-poisoning outbreak. More recently, John was an MSF epidemiologist in Sierra Leone during the West Africa Ebola crisis. John is a recipient of the Peter Singer Award in Bioethics. His academic focus takes a critical approach to bioethics, global health and humanitarian 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 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. Understand the meaning of food insecurity and hunger at the micro and macro level 

  2. Understand the causes and consequences of hunger in developing and industrialized countries, and its relationship with the social determinants of health 

  3. Understand how to assess food insecurity and hunger, and how to develop and implement programs fighting hunger 

  4. Understand the future goals for ending food insecurity and hunger

Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quinonez

Dr Melgar-Quiñonez is the Director of the Institute for Global Food Security and the Margaret A. Gilliam Faculty Scholar in Food Security with an appointment in the McGill School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. With a degree in Medicine (1992) and a doctoral degree in Science s (1996) from the Friedrich Schiller University in Germany, he moved to McGill in September of 2012, after 9 years of work as a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Ohio State University (2003-2012). Previously he worked in public health nutrition and food security research at the University of California in Davis (1998-2003) and at the Mexican Institute of Public Health (1996-1998). Dr Melgar-Quiñonez has been a food security advisor on to several countries in Latin America. He has conducted food security research in 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, and maintains a strong collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a researcher in the project Voices of the Hungry which incorporates 150 countries.


Week 7: 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

Dr. Rochelle Frounfelker


Week 8: 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 9: Privilege and Allyship: Gender Issues in Global Health

  1. Identify how the dynamics of oppression and privilege are present in society and how they influence one’s life course and health.
  2. Recognize different forms of privilege and oppression and how an individual can be both a victim of oppression and benefit from privilege at the same time.
  3. Reflect on ways gender inequities affecting health can be down trended in different situations and areas of the world.

Dr. Stephanie Nixon

Stephanie Nixon PT, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, cross-appointed at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto will lead the event. She has been an HIV activist and global health researcher for 20 years. Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender female of settler descent who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. In particular, she explores the role of power and privilege in shaping health research, education and clinical practice.


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

  1. 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:

    Discuss about bridging the “Know-Do” gap
    Understand the interprofessional interactions to solve public health problems
    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 2017-2018

Student Coordinators

Dentistry: Ninoska Enriquez
Medicine: Clement Bélanger Bishinga
Nursing: Maria Rueda Martinez
Occupational Therapy: Chloe Mancini

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
Jodi Tuck, RN, MSc(A), Full-time Faculty Lecturer, Global Health Concentration Lead, co-chair of Global and Indigenous Health Nursing (GAIHN), 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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