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Established in 2004, the Global Health Office (GHO) collaborates with all schools and departments in the Faculty of Health Sciences — Nursing, Medicine, Midwifery, and Rehabilitation Sciences — to support global activities at McMaster. We also work with other faculties across campus and institutions locally, nationally and internationally for the benefit of global health. 

Welcome from the Director

Andrea Baumann - Associate Vice-President, Global Health

The Global Health Office continues to demonstrate leadership and commitment to global health. At McMaster, we promote a unique internationalization strategy that moves beyond internal community and includes programs and experiences that are collaborative and global in nature. 
For the last decade, the GHO has been involved in capacity building activities that are research focused and student-centred. Forming partnerships with institutions and governments in developing countries, McMaster has advanced the education of women health professionals in Pakistan, improved the health of vulnerable people in Indonesia, and, most recently, we are working to improve access to higher education in underserved communities in the High North regions in Canada and Norway.
With an unwavering dedication to achieving health equity, we are inspired by the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. These goals recognize "that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests."
In 2015, our Master of Science in Global Health program received the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program, in the Academic category.
This innovative program, created in partnership with Maastricht University in the Netherlands, prepares graduates for careers in a globalized world by equipping them with the skills required to respond effectively to emerging health challenges. Since the program's launch in 2010, partnerships have expanded to include universities in India (Manipal Academy of Higher Education), Norway (University College of South-Eastern Norway), Thailand (Thammasat University), Colombia (Universidad del Rosario) and Sudan (Ahfad University for Women).

GHO Aims

  • Increase capacity building in higher education
  • Strengthen university partnerships
  • Host international delegations and scholars
  • Offer global health education events
  • Engage in international activities
  • Assist with international grants and contract submissions

Our Contributions to the Global Community

The Global Health Office has a strategic role in driving and supporting international opportunities in health science education, for the benefit of both the Faculty of Health Sciences and the international community as a whole. The following are examples of GHO activities:

  • Master of Science in Global Health program – recipient of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education (Academic category)
  • Educational partnerships with institutions in the Netherlands, India, Thailand, Norway, Colombia, and Sudan 
  • Capacity building initiatives, with external funding from the High North Fund, Erasmus + and Global Affairs Canada
  • Hosting more than 500 international delegates, from dignitaries and state officials to faculty and students
  • Annual speaker series inviting global health experts to speak on campus
  • Annual International Interdisciplinary Summer Institute