Fall Global Health Courses Address Pandemic and Disease

When you hear the words “global health leader,” do you think of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee? You should. UWM has been educating students in global health for more than ten years and continues to grow with innovative options and experiences.

In today’s world, there is an increased need for graduates with knowledge and background in Global Health. After achieving this skill set, students will find a variety of opportunities to act as agents of change for disease prevention and health initiatives domestically and internationally.

In Fall 2020, UWM College of Nursing will be offering three courses related to Global Health. “Global Maternal and Child Health,”Intro to Global Health,” and a new course “Global Patterns of Disease.” The Global Patterns of Disease course will highlight COVID-19 and other infectious and non-infectious diseases. Students will take on the role of a “global health detective” to examine the social, political, economic, cultural and environmental determinants that influence outbreaks and pandemics.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of global health, these courses are available to students in any major/program. The courses can count towards the Global Health Certificate or the UWM Global Studies degree program – global health track.

Students will have the opportunity to take these classes with Dr. Loren Galvao, a public health physician with twenty plus years of experience in global health programs and research. She is a Senior Scientist- Global Health at the UWM College of Nursing Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE).

Galvao states “In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, global health becomes more relevant than ever.  It is essential that students get the knowledge, skills and academic preparation to respond to this pandemic, and to any future ones, in order to prevent disease, death, economic collapse and to address also other major related challenges, such as environmental and food security issues, and inequalities globally.

 As global health is a multidisciplinary field, it is urgent to inspire students from health, social sciences and other disciplines to be future health workers, leaders and researchers who are capable to address these major challenges and to make sustainable positive changes across the globe.

Please consider attending one of our upcoming online information sessions regarding our myriad of Global Health and Peace Studies education options.