Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Bellingham, Washington, United States; Dharamsala, India; Kathmandu, Nepal; New Delhi, India;
- Program Terms: Fall Quarter
Global Health in the Himalayas
FAIR 437d/INTL 437d
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Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in Himalayan culture, health care delivery and public health with opportunities for service learning. A primary focus this year will be on supporting communities that were affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.
The program will introduce the main concepts of global health, with a particular emphasis on the Himalayan region. It will cover leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the region, local healthcare institutions and services, sanitation and hygiene in remote locations, health vs. disease orientation in health services, social determinants of health, and community self care when services are not available. It will also explore ethical dimensions of practicing medicine and public health in an international context.
To learn more, check out our website, Global Health in the Himalayas: Medical Services in Rural Communities
FAIR 437d/INTL 437d - 15 credits
Syllabus_Global Health in the Himalayas Fall 2016.pdf
Liz Mogford, Associate Professor
Office: AH 524
Liz Mogford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College in 1990, a M.A. in Sociology and a M.P.H. in International Health at the University of Washington in 2002 and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in 2007.
Professor Mogford’s teaching and research are interdisciplinary, combining sociology and public health. Her research interests include the social determinants of health, global health, global citizenship and social justice, and violence against women. She is a leader in WWU faculty-led international service learning study abroad programs and has accompanied students to Kenya/Rwanda four times and to the Indian Himalayas twice. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon and has conducted research in India, Mexico, and Kenya. In addition to teaching and research, Liz works on advocacy and outreach for advancing global health equity. Currently this includes being a board member of three non-profit organizations, the Institute for Village Studies, Health Alliance International, and Just Health Action. Just Health Action is a Seattle-based health advocacy organization that she co-founded in 2005.
Dr. Frank James is active in teaching, research and medical practice. His interests focus on health promotion and disease prevention. He is currently the Health Officer for San Juan County and Health Officer for the Nooksack Indian Nation. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health since 1992. He has also taught courses at Western Washington University during several points in his career.
For a decade, Dr. James was a Primary Investigator for an NIH funded cancer prevention trial at the St Joseph Hospital Cancer Center and the Medical Director of Interfaith Family Health Center. He has also spent much of his career working abroad in India, China and East Timor, among other countries. This included work with the Tibetan Children’s Village Hospital in Dharamsala, and more recently with Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community near Tawang.
Charlie Ashbaugh is the Director of the Institute for Village Studies (IVS). He joined IVS from the field of international development and has worked on development projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Prior to taking over as Director, he worked with the International Center for Research on Women, where he conducted research on women’s economic empowerment. He holds an M.A. in sustainable international development from Brandeis University and a B.A. in global studies form Western Washington University. He is also a nationally certified EMT.
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