CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 2, 2000
UI Global Health Studies Program wins $150,000 grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Starting this summer, UI undergraduates will have opportunities
to assist in research on a variety of global health topics, thanks to a $150,000
grant to the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program (GHSP) from
the Hewlett Foundation.
Interested students will be able to collaborate with researchers studying
a variety of topics, such as AIDS, the global promotion of tobacco products,
women's reproductive rights, and also global health issues related to human
rights, and the health needs and experiences of immigrants, migrants and refugees.
The Hewlett Foundation support will be combined with institutional resources
to develop three new interdisciplinary team-taught courses in Global Health
Studies; to offer 150 interested students credit for faculty-directed research
opportunities; and to provide all UI undergraduates greater access to GHSP
educational offerings by incorporating them into the General Education Program.
The grant was submitted by Maureen McCue, M.D., Ph.D., GHSP director, and
Paul Greenough, Ph.D., UI professor of history. The grant period runs for
two years beginning in June.
"The University of Iowa has developed an ambitious strategic plan that
underlines the importance of interdisciplinary thinking and international
competency for undergraduate students in our increasingly globalized living
and work environments," McCue said. "This grant will provide wonderful
opportunities for undergraduate students to work with faculty on some of the
most pressing health issues of the day."
The GHSP gives students an overview of the complex processes dominating
health and disease of the global population. The program provides students
knowledge of the transitions occurring in global health across nations and
societies including the U.S. GHSP currently sponsors a variety of interdisciplinary,
international and interactive health related courses, one annual research
conference, topical seminars and a professional workshop and study abroad
GHSP is a certificate program that requires 25 semester hours of core courses,
elective courses and research related to health or environmental health in
a foreign country. Students earning the certificate are prepared for advanced
study or careers in global health.
GHSP is part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices,
centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services.
Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs,
these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and
promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
For more information on the grant, contact McCue at 335-2825. More information
on the Hewlett Foundation is available on the Web at http://www.hewlett.org