The Global Health Team

The Global Public Health Initiative is lead by a collegiate committee made up of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Public Health. This committee is charged with:

  1. Guiding and assessing the development of global opportunities for students abroad and at home in an ethically and academically rigorous manner.
  2. Improving resources and support for global faculty research and academic opportunities.
  3. Increasing interest and participation in global health within the College of Public Health and across the university.
  4. Initiating and fostering growth with international partners and collaborators.
  5. Assessing needs and developing resources for a globally-based College of Public Health curriculum.
  6. Establishing the College of Public Health as a global health leader on the University of Iowa campus.

Contact the Global Public Health Committee

Current Global Public Health Committee Members

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Jeff Dawson

Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Jeff currently serves at the Global Public Health Committee chairperson. Meet Jeff

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Sophie Switzer

Assistant Director, Career Preparation and Engaged Learning

Sophie currently serves as the coordinator for the Global Public Health Initiative. Meet Sophie

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Rima Afifi

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Director – Prevention Research Center for Rural Health

Meet Rima

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Maggie Chorazy

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor

Meet Maggie

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Jackie Curnick

Program Coordinator, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center Community Engagement Core

Meet Jackie

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Liz Lara

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager

Meet Liz

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Vickie Miene

Interim Director, Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy

Meet Vickie

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Jonathan Platt

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Meet Jon

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Diane Rohlman

Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health

Meet Diane

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Hari Sharma

Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy

Meet Hari

Will Story

Associate Professor, Community and Behavioral Health

Meet Will

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Peter Thorne

Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health

Meet Peter

Student Committee Representatives

Student representatives change annually and serve for a full academic year. New student representatives are invited to apply to serve on the Global Public Health Committee at the end of the spring semester prior to their year of commitment. Student representatives are allowed to serve multiple years.

Ufuoma Ejughemre

PhD, Health Management and Policy

Meet Ufuoma

Kaniz Fatema

PhD, Community and Behavioral Health

Meet Kaniz

Alena Longnecker

BA, Public Health

Meet Alena