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GH student Ankita Datar
October 22, 2020

National competition recognizes Global Health student’s work on Indigenous food insecurity

The rate of food insecurity – defined by a lack of access to adequate food due to limited money or other resources – is three times greater in Canada’s Northern Indigenous communities than the average Canadian household. It’s an issue that Ankita Datar has been investigating.

Habon Ali
October 9, 2020

A changemaker in a changing world

Global Health student Habon Ali recently participated in the WHO virtual side event at the 75th United Nations General Assembly. The session – Youth and Health: Changemakers in the Changing World – focused on young people’s role in health in a world that’s changed drastically by the COVID pandemic.

Global Health student Shania Bhopa
September 25, 2020

It's up to you(th) to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality

When it comes to tackling the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Global Health student Shania Bhopa says we need youth voices.  So she’s using hers. Bhopa presented earlier this week at the Youth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit 2020, hosted by UNITE 2030, and will be delivering a talk this weekend at the Wemakechange Assembly.

Global Health program graduate Saarah Haque
September 21, 2020

Culture’s impact on postpartum depression explored in new study

Refugee women are at high risk of postpartum depression (PPD). How it affects them depends on a number of factors, including culture – their own, as well as their new country’s cultural environment. A recent publication by Global Health program graduate Saarah Haque seeks to explore the ways in which culture impacts how refugee women resettled in high-income countries experience and understand PPD.

Global Health student Shania Bhopa
September 14, 2020

Global Health student to share strategies on securing graduate funding in new webinar

Since COVID-19 hit, Global Health student Shania Bhopa has been busy. She's started her own non-profit organization, The Canadian Courage Project, which has helped homeless youth in the GTA. She's also started writing a wellness book – a collaboration with her mother and sister – and has launched a social media presence to support it.

McMaster Global Virtual Showcase
September 7, 2020

McMaster Global to highlight commitment to global citizenship and sustainable development

The third annual McMaster Global event series will run this year from November 2 – 13, 2020. The series, which will be held virtually this year, is an annual showcase of the University’s collective commitment to global engagement.

A visual of students\' answers from Mentimeter, asking: When you hear \'global health\' what words come to mind?
September 4, 2020

A different kind of orientation week

Orientation kicked off this week – on Zoom – with Global Health program students joining the welcome meetings from Toronto, Halifax, Aruba, Cape Cod, Texas, the UK, and other locations near and far. “In this COVID world, we’re experiencing a different reality,” said Andrea Baumann, associate vice-president, Global Health, who delivered the official welcome address on Wednesday morning.

McMaster ranked among the top 70 universities worldwide
September 2, 2020

McMaster ranked among the top 70 universities worldwide

McMaster has been named one of the top 70 universities in the world, according to an internationally influential ranking encompassing more than 1,500 institutions worldwide. The university is ranked 69 in the 2021 Times Higher Education rankings released today, one of only four Canadian universities in the world’s top 70.

GHAR cover page
July 27, 2020

Annual student-run journal highlights global issues and research inspired by UN goals

The fifth issue of the student-led, open access journal Global Health: Annual Review (GHAR) is now online. From water and sanitation in Ghana to Canada’s COVID-19 response in marginalized communities, the articles demonstrate the diversity of global health research and explore the interplay between the biological, social, and physical factors that influence health and disease globally.

Graduate Plenary Awards recognize global health students' outstanding achievements
July 22, 2020

Graduate Plenary Awards recognize global health students' outstanding achievements

The Health Sciences Graduate Studies office is pleased to announce the award recipients from this year's Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Plenary: A Celebration of Research and Professional Excellence. This year's awards recognized Global Health graduate students Leshawn Benedict, Bismah Jameel, Jeffrey Mclean, Purva Mehta, and Dayton Shaw for outstanding achievements. Watch the ceremony.

Global Health student Alim Samnani
June 23, 2020

Work-integrated learning goes virtual for global health students

Work-integrated learning is a core component of McMaster’s graduate global health program, which requires students to complete a ten-week practicum to gain hands-on experience in the global health field. Students work with organizations that put into practice the theory, concepts, and methods taught in the program, with activities targeted to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Laptop with person writing on pad of paper
June 22, 2020

5 tips for running a virtual symposium that works

The capstone experience of the graduate global health program is an intense two-week international symposium in India, which brings together 300+ students and faculty from McMaster and partner universities in the Netherlands, India and Thailand. This year, the evolving situation with COVID-19 meant the symposium had to move to a completely online format.

Global Health alumnus calls for compassionate response as COVID-19 outbreak worsens among migrant farm workers
June 3, 2020

Global Health alumnus calls for compassionate response as COVID-19 outbreak worsens among migrant farm workers

A recent article in The Hamilton Spectator featured Eustace Orleans-Lindsay, an advocate for migrant workers in Norfolk County in Simcoe, where he works as a pharmacist. The MSc Global Health program graduate is asking residents not to stigmatize offshore workers in light of a COVID-19 outbreak on a local farm.

A message from the Dean & VP regarding racism
June 3, 2020

A message from the Dean & VP regarding racism

The Faculty of Health Sciences is a community of faculty, staff, and learners. Like many we are shocked, saddened and gravely concerned about the anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police, and the ensuing tragic events, occurring in the United States. We recognize these deaths and events as a part of systemic injustices and inequities that are made more evident with the current pandemic, are also present within Canada and within many institutions, including our own.

A slide from Om Kurmi\'s presentation on COVID-19, a country-specific comparison
June 1, 2020

Flattening the curve on COVID-19: A country-specific comparison

Every day we get new numbers and predictions on the state of COVID-19 in our home community, our country, and around the world. How do these reports compare and contrast with one another when you put all the countries side by side? What can we learn from our current progress, our metrics for tracking, and the efficacy of “flattening the curve”?

A slide from Dr. Dushoff\'s presentation on mathematical modeling
May 27, 2020

Mathematical modeling of COVID-19 explored in recent webinar

Dr. Jonathan Dushoff, professor of Biology at McMaster University’s Institute for Infectious Disease Research, has spent nearly two decades doing dynamical modeling for infectious diseases. In a recent webinar he delivered with Sheena Guglani, research analyst at the eConsult Centre of Excellence (eConsult COE), Dushoff discussed the role of mathematical epidemiology in the context of COVID-19.

 Pandemics webinar series closes with views on conspiracies, biases, and decision-making
May 22, 2020

Pandemics webinar series closes with views on conspiracies, biases, and decision-making

A recent webinar by Andrea Baumann and Amelia Boughn wrapped up the Expert Perspectives on Pandemics series, hosted by McMaster University to explore transdisciplinary insights on pandemics in the context of COVID-19.  Baumann is the associate V-P Global Health and director of McMaster’s MSc Global Health program, while Boughn is a graduate student working towards her MSc Global Health.

Collage of photos from the past and present
May 15, 2020

Exploring visual histories and public reactions to pandemics

History is fragmented. Reconstructing the lived realities of those who came before requires us to examine historical artifacts, from documents to photographs. The introduction of the camera in the 19th century shed light on unseen corners of the world and, in the context of pandemics, was a critical tool in the development of modern medicine – with photography practiced both as science and art.

Ethical considerations of COVID-19: Your questions answered
May 13, 2020

Ethical considerations of COVID-19: Your questions answered

As major figures worldwide declare the COVID-19 pandemic to be “unprecedented times that warrant unprecedented intervention,” life as we know it has shifted drastically in response to new policies, emergency procedures, and pressures from resource allocation.

Antibiotics, resistance, and pandemics
May 11, 2020

Antibiotics, resistance, and pandemics

Unlike COVID-19, which has spread swiftly across the globe, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a slow-moving pandemic. But is there – or will there be – a link between the novel Coronavirus and antibiotic resistance? Watch this recent webinar by Gerry Wright, the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Studies of Antibiotics at McMaster University.