(formerly Western Regional International Health Conference) themed



The conference will be sponsored by and held at the UNIVERSITY OF
will be $25 dollars for undergraduate and graduate students, and $50
dollars for non-students.

Registration is now live!

This is a student-led joint effort between UNIVERSITY OF OREGON STUDENTS
HEALTH. This conference will feature a multi-disciplinary approach to
understanding some of the largest and most pressing global health issues
we are facing today, with special focus placed on the role of women in
our changing global health landscape.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: (Deadline March 1, 2018)

If you are interested in submitting an abstract to speak or present,
please submit your abstract to the attached link: [1]



New Global Health Minor

As of Fall 2017, the new global health minor has been released! The minor is designed to engage students interested in global public health. The minor allows students to explore health, illness, and disease from global, historical, and sociocultural perspectives. Undergraduates have the opportunity to learn about health using an interdisciplinary focus from a myriad of departments, classes, and professors. Students have the ability to learn about social and cultural determinants of health, epidemiological and statistical methods, environmental and biological factors, as well as the role of institutional actors setting the Global Health agenda. Students will also be expected to conduct an internship or field experience that serves as the culmination of acquired knowledge of the global public health curriculum.

CGH’s Yarris Receives Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy

Kristin Yarris is an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies and is affiliated with the Center for Latina/o and Latin American Studies, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, and the Center for Global Health. Yarris’s teaching broadly addresses the political-economic and social-cultural determinants of health and the relationship between population health and development processes in contemporary global contexts.

Yarris has developed innovative courses, adding to the breadth and depth of curricula offered by the Department of International Studies. One of her areas of expertise is transnational migration, focusing on the Americas. Yarris creatively and critically examines representations of the circulation of Central American and Mexican migrants through what she describes as a zone of transit in western Mexico. Another research area focuses on psychiatry, mental illness, and mental health care in Mexico. She studies the social determinants of health and well-being and the cultural shaping of illness and distress in different global locations.

Kristin Yarris with UO Provost and Senior Vice President Scott Coltrane

Students and colleagues admire Yarris’s energy and dedication. One student writes: “Kristin Yarris is an incredible professor. Her passion for global health is inspiring and it is evident that she wants students to succeed and love global health as much as she has.”

In recognition of her achievement and expertise in the area of global health, Kristin Yarris is a recipient of a 2017 Ersted Award for Specialized Pedagogy.

Abstract Submission and Registration for the 2017 APRU Global Health Conference Now Open

The 2017 APRU Global Health Program Conference, to be hosted by University of the Philippines, will take place on October 16-19, 2017, in Manila.

This year’s conference theme is “Environmental Exposures & Cancer in the Pacific Rim”, as a large proportion of the Pacific Rim’s cancer burden is related to environmental exposures, including indoor and outdoor air pollution, and occupational exposures.

Dr. Curtis Harris, from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, will present a keynote on research on biomarkers of cancer. Two optional workshops- one on Substance Abuse in the Philippines and another on Migration in the Pacific Rim- will also be held on October 16th.

The conference will provide leading experts, practitioners, policy makers and early career researchers a critical platform to share latest research and knowledge in relation to prevention of cancer and other non-communicable diseases, environmental health and occupational health. The workshop will conclude with a field trip featuring the UP campus and highlights of Manila.


Abstract Submission and Poster Contest

Abstracts submissions for the 2017 APRU Global Health Program is open now.

For a full list of abstract themes and to submit an abstract please see the Global Health Hub conference web pages.

Abstract submission is open until July 1, 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent by July 15, 2017.

For information about the Student Poster Contest and for submission please click here.

See the draft conference agenda here


For information about fees, conference registration and accommodation details please see the APRU Global Health web pages or contact Mellissa Withers

UO professor awarded fellowship for research on TB in India

Bharat Venkat, a new UO assistant professor of anthropology was recently awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for his research on tuberculosis in colonial and postcolonial India. Dr. Venkat is one of 71 recipients of the prestigious award and plans to complete his first book, “India after Antibiotics: Tuberculosis at the Limits of Cure” with support from the ALCS fellowship.

The full article can be found here.


Original article published by Around the O.

Professor Yarris’s new book

Professor Kristin Yarris in the International Studies department at the University of Oregon centers her research around the around the social determinants of health and wellbeing and the cultural shaping of illness and distress in different global locations. In her book, released in August 2017, Care Across Generations: Solidarity and Sacrifice in Transnational Families (Stanford University Press, 2017), Yarris shows how intergenerational caregiving not only reflects gendered and political-economic constraints but also generates strong emotional ties and sources of cultural resilience for families in the face of the disruption of transnational migration.




Past Events

2015-16 Events


May 12, 2016

Center for Global Health Inaugural Reception
Knight Library Browsing Room
3:00 – 5:00 pm

The Center for Global Health is a new interdisciplinary center in the Global Studies Institute at the University of Oregon that supports a wide range of scientific, educational, and service-oriented initiatives designed to understand and ameliorate the world’s most challenging health and social problems. The Center was created to provide a unifying framework for students, staff, and faculty across the university dedicated to improving health and well-being through education, research and training, and service in partnership with communities in the United States and around the world.


April 7, 2016
Institute of Neuroscience Seminar
“Using high technology and electrophysiology to combat ancient parasitic diseases”
Janis Weeks, Biology, University of Oregon
110 Willamette Hall
4:00 pm



February 22, 2016
The Center for Global Health Lecture Series
“America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold War Era”
Bob H. Reinhardt, Executive Director, Willamette Heritage Center
Knight Library Browsing Room
2:00 pm

By the mid-twentieth century, smallpox had vanished from North America and Europe but continued to persist throughout Africa, Asia, and South America. In 1965, the United States joined an international effort to eradicate the disease, and after fifteen years of steady progress, the effort succeeded. Bob H. Reinhardt demonstrates that the fight against smallpox drew American liberals into new and complex relationships in the global Cold War, as he narrates the history of the only cooperative international effort to successfully eliminate a disease.

February 4, 2016

Please join the Geography Department this Thursday, February 4th in welcoming Dr. Clare Evans from UO’s Department of Sociology as this week’s Tea Speaker. Her talk is titled Multiple Contexts and Adolescent Body Mass Index: Schools, Neighborhoods, and Social Networks The talk begins at 4:00pm in Condon 106. Please join us for snacks beforehand in Condon 108 starting at 3:30pm.

Global Health Symposium

May 18-19, 2017
University of Oregon

This symposium, sponsored by the UO Center for Global Health, gathers together local, national, and international programmers, practitioners, researchers and teachers in the field of global health to participate in a series of discussions aimed at strengthening the development of a new undergraduate program in global health at the University of Oregon.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 – Day One
EMU Diamond Lake Room
National and international experts share experience on program development, curriculum building, and internships at U.S. institutions.

9:15 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Plenary 1: History of Program Development: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned
Panel Moderator: Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies


11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Plenary 2: Building Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Global Health for Undergraduates
Panel Moderator: Melissa Graboyes, Clark Honors College


2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Plenary 3:  Developing Field Experiences, Internships, and Partnerships in Global Health
Panel Moderators: Janis Weeks, Department of Biology and Jeffrey Measelle, Department of Psychology 


4:00 pm – Public Talk
Knight Library Browsing Room
“Everyone Has a Little Mental Illness: Extraordinary Conditions as Human Experience”
Dr. Janis Jenkins, Dept. of Anthropology and Global Health Program, UCSD.




Friday, May 19, 2017 – Day Two
EMU Crater Lake South
Researchers and Practitioners from Oregon Universities and Partner Institutions Engage in Discussion about Curriculum Building, Internship Development, and Research Collaborations.

9:15 am – Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Roundtable 1:  Curriculum-Building across Oregon Universities: Opportunities, Ideas, Challenges
Panel Moderator: Mary Wood, Department of English


11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Roundtable 2:
 Internship Opportunities in Oregon and Beyond: Developing Field Experience in Global/Local Public Health.
Panel Moderators: Jeffrey Measelle, Department of Psychology and Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies


1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Roundtable 3: Building Research Collaborations in Global/Local Health across Oregon
Panel Moderator: Josh Snodgrass, Department of Anthropology

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Public Talk
EMU Crater Lake North
“Building Global Health Alliances: Lessons from NIH-Academia-Foreign Government Collaborative Efforts to Prevent Food (Cassava) Brain Toxicity”
Desire Tshala-Katumbay, Associate Professor of Neurology, OHSU School of Medicine; Faculty Affiliate, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health; Visiting Professor of Neurology, Kinshasa School of Medicine, Democratic Republic of Congo

4:30 pm – 5:30 pmClosing Remarks and Reception

All events are free and open to the public.  If you are interested in attending, please register here.






Saudi health faculty to visit UO

Six faculty from the Mohammed Almana College for Health Sciences (MACHS) in Saudi Arabia, will visit the UO in August 2017 as part of a two-week academic exchange. The visiting faculty will participate in professional development training courses specifically targeting enhancing student learning in classes focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The visit is part of a new partnership between UO and MACHS, whose chief executive is Aisha Almana, a UO alumna and donor. The UO’s Global Studies Institute and the American English Institute in the College of Arts and Sciences announced the five-year partnership in February 2016.

The full article can be found here.


Original article published by Around the O