The Office of Global Health opened in October 2010 with a mission to work with undergraduate and postgraduate students and faculty in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
What is global health? The Institute of Medicine defines global health as “health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries, may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries, and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions.” A strong directive of global health is to model social accountability and decrease health inequities around the world, regardless of race, culture, gender, or social class.
Global health spans both domestic and international health, for example, the health of all Canadians, healthcare in prison systems and marginalized populations such as the homeless, immigrants, and refugees.
Global health education, research, and clinical outreach are all major priorities of the OGH. An important component of the OGH is to produce peer-reviewed research activities in Canada and abroad and support global health research projects and critical inquiries within the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linking Queen’s faculty, staff, and students who are interested in global health education, research, and clinical outreach is a high priority of the OGH.