Global Health

Global Health is often associated with research in international, and often Low Income Country (LMIC) settings, but global health researchers, practitioners and educators recognize that the field actually transcends borders and is a broader study of the global processes that shape the health of people both at home and abroad. In this light, global health research examines the social and environmental determinants, issues related to health equity, power relations, post-colonialism, migration, globalization and epidemiology, among other things. The new Global Health Research Exchange Group is a collaborative forum for people who are doing research, or who have involvement in practices or programs on any aspect of health or influences on health that resonate beyond the local context in research site or application.  The group hopes to explore the potential to develop international partnerships in research, as well as opportunities to develop transdisciplinary research synergies, propose new research and share ongoing work in a global health context.

2019 meetings

  • January 8, 2019 | 12:30pm | Dr. David Allison- Uncovering Global Health Research Opportunities—Lessons Learned in Ethiopia
  • February 12 2019 | 12:30pm | Dr. Maisam Najafizada  on lessons from the implementation of health-related SDGs in South Asia.
  • April 16, 2019 | 12:30pm Sharing responsibility in Bangladesh: perceptions and awareness of male partners regarding the effects of female contraception with Sadia Chowdhury While a large body of research is devoted to contraception and male and female attitudes towards contraception, few studies focus on male perceptions and awareness of female contraception. To help address this knowledge gap, Sadia Chowdhury explored this subject for her Master’s in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her study was conducted in an urban slum in Dhaka city, Bangladesh, where several government and non-government organizations have programs for fertility control; however, most programs focus on women. While working with women in the field of maternal health, Sadia had learned that they often associated feelings of poor health with the use of hormonal contraception. The side effects of hormonal contraception were common among the female informants and women generally shared complaints about contraception with their husbands. However, even when there was improved spousal communication, it did not always help to involve men in contraception use. Rather, it appeared that extensive programs for female contraception make men reluctant to use male contraception.

Previous meetings

Group objectives

  • Multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration on research projects related to Global Health;
  • Aligning with, and supporting Memorial University’s strategies for internationalization;
  • Promoting student interest and participation in global health research;
  • Showcasing the research activities of academic members, and programs/ opportunities available through community and government partner members;
  • Working together to identify funding opportunities and develop research teams;
  • Promoting public engagement in issues of global health research.

Wherever you work - government, a health authority, an NGO, private practice, an academic institution - you are welcome to join. The group is convened by Dr. Jill Allison, Global Health Coordinator, Community Health & Humanities, Faculty of Medicine.


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