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Global Health

Queen's researchers, clinicians, educators, and trainees are engaged in partnerships in Canada and across the globe, contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #3 (UN SDG3) of Good Health and Well-Being and the affiliated goals of SDG4 Quality Education, SDG5 Gender Equality, and SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals. We do this through research, education, service, and collaborative projects that foster shared benefits and multi-directional learning.

At Queen’s University, we understand the need to decolonize global health. As an institution, we seek to be reflective, to listen and learn, and to participate in meaningful conversation and positive change.

Global Health Stories

Global health stories from our university community and our partners.

Research and Collaborative Projects

Global health research and collaborative projects involve Queen’s faculty from across the university, working in respectful partnerships with communities and host country organizations.

Education

Opportunities to study global health in a range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Queen’s University.

Events and Opportunities

Learn more about global health events and opportunities from across Queen's University. 

For general inquiries, contact us at: global.health@queensu.ca

Queen’s University is an institutional member of:

 

CUGH is a rapidly growing Washington, DC based organization of over 170 academic institutions and other organizations from around the world engaged in addressing global health challenges.

CAGH brings together a vibrant global health community working to create a healthier and more equitable world.

Global Health Stories

Global health stories from our university community and our partners.

Research and Collaborative Projects

Global health research and collaborative projects involve Queen’s faculty from across the university, working in respectful partnerships with communities and host country organizations.

Research Centres, Institutes, and Collaboratives

Research centres, institutes, and collaboratives play a significant role in specialized global health partnerships and projects at Queen’s University.

International Centre for the Advancement for Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR)

ICACBR conducts international work in community-based rehabilitation and is focused on people and partnerships.  Queen’s faculty members participating in ICACBR programs are based in the: School of Rehabilitation Therapy, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Current projects include:

 

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ARCH Research Collaborative

ARCH stands for “A Research Collaborative for Global Health Equity”.  Their work is guided by the principles of global health research put forward by the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.  Projects include topics such as: parenting in adversity, sexual violence, social and emotional impacts of COVID19, and equity in maternal and child health.  The founding researchers are from the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Global Development Studies, and Department of Family Medicine.

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Centre for Studies in Primary Care (CSPC)

The CPSC conducts research relevant to the practice of primary healthcare.  This includes population health as well as research that responds to local community needs in Kingston and Southeastern Ontario.  The CSPC project portfolio includes Global Health and Community Based initiatives.

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Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)

CIMVHR’s mission is to enhance the lives of Canadian military personnel, Veterans and their families by harnessing the national capacity for research.  They are committed to improving the lives of those who serve and have served, tackling challenges such as post-traumatic stress disorder and transition to civilian life.

Ongoing international initiatives include:

 

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School of Medicine

Queen’s School of Medicine advances global health research and is actively involved in collaborative projects through a number of departments.

Department of Oncology

The dynamic team of internationally recognized researchers and educators that make up the Queen's University Global Oncology Program are committed to improving equity in cancer care and control through global engagement.

Highlights of their work include:

  • Participation in the WHO Cancer Medicines Working Group for the Essential Medicines List
  • Implementing a training program for primary care doctors in Nepal to improve access to rural cancer training for patients
  • Improving faculty development for African oncologists

 

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology

The Queen’s University Department of Diagnostic Radiology is partnered with University of Nairobi Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Medicine.  The purpose of this partnership is to establish a permanent international linkage to improve medical education and practice in Radiology programs and build capacity in specialty medical education and professional development.  The Department has received The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) Fellowship for this collaboration.

Any inquiries related to the Department of Diagnostic Radiology Global Health programs can be directed to:

Pam Moore, MIR, Administrative Assistant, Pam.Moore@kingstonhsc.ca

Dr. Denise Castro, Global Health Director, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, denise.castro@kingstonhsc.ca

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Department of Family Medicine

The mission of the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) Global Health Program:

The DFM Global Health Program strives to reduce health disparities within the communities it serves through clinical care, program development, policy influence, research, education, and advocacy.

The DFM’s Global Health Program will target its future activities toward – and in collaboration with – individuals and communities where health disparities are particularly prominent.

The DFM’s Global Health Program recognizes that persons and communities experiencing significant health disparities face additional challenges such that increased resources, time, and energy are required for their care. We are committed to advocating for these increased services to improve health outcomes for all.

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Department of Public Health Sciences

In the Department of Public Health Sciences, Global Health is an area of research strength. Diverse methodologies are used including quantitative, qualitative and participatory approaches.

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Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

The Queen’s University Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is actively responding to the global crisis outlined in the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.  Through the Global Anesthesia program, faculty members try to reduce disparities through partnerships and education.  One key partnership is the Queen's University-Haramaya University-Royal College International Partnership described below.

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Queen’s University - Haramaya University – Royal College International Partnership (QHARP)

The partnership between Queen’s University, Haramaya University (HU), and Royal College International was formed in 2015 to develop post-graduate medical residency training programs in Harar, Ethiopia. 

The three areas of focus identified by HU are: Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, and Oncology.  Faculty members from each of these departments at Queen’s University collaborate with partners at HU to launch new training programs, and to provide ongoing teaching support.

Capacity in the local medical workforce is being built up both for patient care in the hospital setting, and training of the next generation of physicians.  Already, individuals living in Harar, Ethiopia are receiving specialized care that had not been locally available.

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Education

There are opportunities to study global health in a number of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Queen’s University. 

Courses and Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Bachelor of Health Sciences

The courses are offered in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, and may be available to students in other programs.

Graduate - Master of Public Health

This course is available to Master of Public Health students, and may be available to graduate students in other programs.

  • EPID 829 – Foundations of Global Health

Undergraduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education

 

Courses in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Department of Global Development Studies

Courses in the Department of Global Development Studies related to global health include:

  • DEVS 100 - Canada and the “Third World”
  • DEVS 280 - Global Engagement
  • DEVS 355 - AIDS, Power, and Poverty
  • DEVS 393 - Topics in Development Studies: COVID19 in the Global South

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Courses in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies related to global health include:

  • HLTH 101 - Social Determinants of Health
  • HLTH 350 - Topics in Global Health
  • HLTH 404 - Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Wellness (focus on Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health)
  • HLTH 493 - Advanced Topics in Health Studies (Winter 2022 – Population Health & Health Equity: Local to Global Perspectives)
  • HLTH 497 - Special Topics in Health Studies (Winter 2022 – Environment and Health)

Events and Opportunities

Virtual Events

 

  • CIMVHR Virtual Forum 2021
    • Presented by the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
    • Free of charge
    • Open to everyone interested in advancing military, Veteran, family and public safety personnel health research
    • Kickoff Event: Sept 29, 2021
    • Sessions: Oct 5, 7, 15, 21, 28, 2021

Global Health Opportunities at Queen's University

Global Health Learning Opportunities 

  • Masterclass in Critical Appraisal, offered by the Department of Oncology
    • Audience: Professionals caring for patients with cancer
    • Free online modules
    • Pre and post survey to test knowledge
    • Interactive journal club - coming soon!