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Release: May 2, 2000

UI Global Health Studies Program wins $150,000 grant

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Starting this summer, UI undergraduates will have opportunities to assist in research on a variety of global health topics, thanks to a $150,000 grant to the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program (GHSP) from the Hewlett Foundation.

Interested students will be able to collaborate with researchers studying a variety of topics, such as AIDS, the global promotion of tobacco products, women's reproductive rights, and also global health issues related to human rights, and the health needs and experiences of immigrants, migrants and refugees.

The Hewlett Foundation support will be combined with institutional resources to develop three new interdisciplinary team-taught courses in Global Health Studies; to offer 150 interested students credit for faculty-directed research opportunities; and to provide all UI undergraduates greater access to GHSP educational offerings by incorporating them into the General Education Program.

The grant was submitted by Maureen McCue, M.D., Ph.D., GHSP director, and Paul Greenough, Ph.D., UI professor of history. The grant period runs for two years beginning in June.

"The University of Iowa has developed an ambitious strategic plan that underlines the importance of interdisciplinary thinking and international competency for undergraduate students in our increasingly globalized living and work environments," McCue said. "This grant will provide wonderful opportunities for undergraduate students to work with faculty on some of the most pressing health issues of the day."

The GHSP gives students an overview of the complex processes dominating health and disease of the global population. The program provides students knowledge of the transitions occurring in global health across nations and societies including the U.S. GHSP currently sponsors a variety of interdisciplinary, international and interactive health related courses, one annual research conference, topical seminars and a professional workshop and study abroad experience.

GHSP is a certificate program that requires 25 semester hours of core courses, elective courses and research related to health or environmental health in a foreign country. Students earning the certificate are prepared for advanced study or careers in global health.

GHSP is part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information on the grant, contact McCue at 335-2825. More information on the Hewlett Foundation is available on the Web at