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Hello everyone and welcome to the NOSMSC Global Health Webpage! This page is meant to be a starting point for you to inquire about international electives, learn more about global health at NOSM, access resources, and get involved in the international medical community.





What is global health?

In a world where 3 billion people are living on less than $2.50 US per day, bearing 90% of the world’s disease burden and yet having access to less than 10% of its health resources, there are still astounding health inequalities. Although the field of Global Health is often equated with that of International Health, there is a growing definition that encompasses much more than health inequalities between populations.

  • The field of Global Health is broadly defined by the International Institute of Medicine (IOM) as “health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries, may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries, and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions.”
  • Many associate Global Health with issues of health inequalities such as water sanitation and malnutrition, but more recently, it has come to encompass broader health issues faced of a global scale, such as urbanization, climate change, and chronic disease.

In the era of globalization, we no longer live in a bubble. The health of Northern Ontarians is tied to factors beyond geographical and national borders. Increases in the flow of people, products, and information between countries and continents are dramatically influencing the world’s health. As a leader in social accountability, NOSM is ensuring we have skills to improve the health of the populations we serve, both locally (including addressing health inequalities faced by the Aboriginal peoples in Northern Ontario) and internationally.

What is the global health interest group?

The Global Health Interest Group (GHIG), co-chaired by the Global Health Liaison Senior and Junior, meets once every month by teleconference. Check out the meeting minutes to follow what we’ve been up to.

We are always looking to expand and update the information posted here. If you have any feedback about the website or any questions about global health, please don’t hesitate to contact your NOSMSS Global Health Liaisons (GHLs) Samantha Biggs (

Previous and Upcoming Events @ NOSM

January to May 2014

  • Tuesday, March 18th – GHIG presents the Rich Child Poor Child Dinner @ 5:30pm at the Travelodge Hotel, Sudbury. speaker: Monic Shaw (paramedic, Haiti Village Health member).
  • Thursday, April 10th – International Day of Pink event on campus from 12 – 1pm.

January to May 2013

  • Monday, January 7 – 6:30PM: Global Health Committee Meeting (click here for meeting minutes)
  • Monday, January 14 – 7:30PM: GHIG general member meeting (click here for meeting minutes) *please note we will no longer be holding GHIG general member meetings, but all are welcome to our committee meetings!
  • Wednesday, January 23 – 6PM: International Electives Session (click here for presentation)
  • Monday, February 11 – 7PM: Global Health Committee Meeting (click here for meeting minutes)
  • Tuesday, February 12 – 8PM: Journal Club
    • Article discussed: Rosamond Rhodes & Thomas Schiano (2010): Transplant Tourism in China: A Tale of Two Transplants, The American Journal of Bioethics, 10:2, 3-11.
  • Tuesday, February 12 – Book Release! “12 Stories. Narratives from New Canadians” Now available in the NOSM East Library. Check out the Global Health Initiatives webpage for more details!
  • Thursday, February 28 – 12:10PM: International Women’s Day (speaker: Dr. Roedde “Join Me On The Bridge”, the biggest women’s rights campaign in the world today)
  • Monday, March 18 – 6:30PM: Global Health Committee Meeting (click here for meeting minutes)
  • Monday, March 25 – 7PM: Journal Club (MSE119 and MSW1011; snacks provided!)
    • Article discussed: Hyman et al (2013): Misoprostol in women’s hands: a harm reduction strategy, Contraception, 87, 128-30.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – 12:15PM: International Day of Pink Celebration (speaker: Dr. Ritz “What northern physicians can do to support LGBQT patients” —- click here for presentation)
  • Thursday, April 11 – 5:30PM: RICH MAN POOR MAN DINNER! (Thanks to everyone who made it out to this inaugural event and to those who helped make this a huge success! We raised just over $1,100 which was donated to The Foodshed Project. The funds were used to build a new community garden in Sudbury!)
  • Tuesday, April 30 – 4:30 to 7PM: Intimate Partner Violence Workshop (MSW1011 & MSE119; snacks provided)
    • What: Interactive discussion about intimate partner violence (IPV) and violence against women (VAW) including small group discussion of scenarios
    • Goals: Increase knowledge and understanding of IPV/VAW; gain skills and confidence in screening for VAW and safety planning; become familiar with resources available to assist clients experiencing IPV/VAW
    • Why: IPV/VAW are very common (8% reported annual prevalence), asking patients is key for their disclosure; essential skills to bring with you to CCC and clinical practice
  • Tuesday, May 28 – Global Health Committee Meeting (click here for meeting minutes)

September to December 2012

  • Tuesday, October 30 – 8PM: GHIG general member meeting (click here for meeting minutes)
  • Monday, November 12 – 12:15-1PM: Video and discussion on Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
  • Wednesday, November 21 – 12:15-1PM: Global Health Advocacy workshop (click here for the workshop presentation and here to download a handy pamphlet that will remind you of the steps for global health advocacy!)
  • Tuesday, November 27: Global Health Committee Meeting (click here for meeting minutes)
  • Tuesday, December 4 – 12:15-1PM: World AIDS Day Talk (speaker: Jamie Forrest; click here for presentation)
  • Monday, December 10 – 12-1pm: Journal club
    • Article discussed: Kuchn BM. Global Shortage of Health Workers, Brain Drain Stress Developing Countries. JAMA.2007;298(16):1853-1855.

2011-2012 Events

  •     World AIDS day – Presentation by Dr.Sandre (ID specialist) on HIV and new treatments
  •     Warm clothing drive for Attawapiskat
  •     International Women’s Day – Documentary screening – “The cutting tradition: Insights into female genital mutilation”
  •     Presentation on human trafficking
  •     Pre departure training