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Global health a focus at Queen's summer institute

A university-wide collaboration is offering upper-level students, graduate students, researchers and professionals an opportunity to learn more about global health and putting that knowledge into action. Participants will explore ways to bridge the gap between what is known about global health and social problems, and what is being done to improve or solve them.

The Knowledge Translation for Global Health Summer Institute is being held at Queen’s University in June in partnership with the Office of Global Health and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.

“There are three main objectives with this summer program,” says event co-chair Colleen Davison (Community Health and Epidemiology/Global Development Studies). “We want to help participants learn about effective knowledge translation for supporting global health improvements; we want to provide an opportunity to apply knowledge translation skills in real global health projects; and we want to build a network of support for colleagues across the Queen’s campus who have an interest in these issues.”

Areas of study during the week-long course include global health with vulnerable populations, service reconstruction in areas of conflict and innovation in the area of global health. Queen’s units represented include the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the departments of Surgery, Global Development Studies and Family Medicine.

Prominent international guests include John Bartlett (Duke University’s Global Health Institute) and Luis Ortiz Hernández (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City).

The summer institute runs from June 3 - 7 and early bird registration closes on March 15. Medical education credits are available to participants in the program.

More information about the Knowledge Translation for Global Health Summer Institute.

Follow School of Medicine Dean Richard Reznick’s blog on the summer institute here.