Global Health Studies Steering Committee
Jeanine Abrons, Pharm.D., M.S.
College of Pharmacy/ Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science
Research interests include service learning and community outreach initiatives including immunizations, planning / management, training, and resources [health screening apps]. She has coordinated an international experience in rural and natural medicine in Dominica, West Indies and currently trains students on providing preventative health service screenings to underserved patient populations.
Office: S428 PHAR
Dr. Abrons' website
Karmen Berger, Ph.D.
Associate Director/ Senior Academic Advisor Global Health Studies Program
Office: 305N Communications Center
Global Health Studies Academic Programs website
Amy Bowes M.A.
Christine Brunner Luse, B.S.N., M.P.A
Global Health Studies Program
Courses include Ethics, Politics, and Global Health; Engaging in Global Health; Visualizing Global Health through Popular Fiction and Film. President of Brunner Luse Associates (specializing in non-profit, public health, and local government mangagement).
Office: 305N CC
Brunner Luse Associates website
Christopher Buresh, M.D., M.P.H.
Emergency Medicine, UI Carver College of Medicine
Clinical interests include ATV injury prevention and unusual causes of abdominal pain. Co-founder and current board member of Community Health Initiative which works to address the needs of rural Haitians who otherwise have no access to care.
Office: 1008 RCP
Dr. Buresh’s website
Community Health Initiative Haiti website
Margaret Carrel, Ph.D.
Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
Research interests include medical geographic research using GIS and spatial statistical techniques. Courses include Health and Environment: GIS Applications; Geography of Asia: Japan to Pakistan; and Hungry Planet: Global Geographies of Food.
Office: 303 Jessup Hall
Dr. Carrel’s website
Claudia Corwin, M.D., M.P.H.
Kennith Culp, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
College of Nursing
Research and clinical interests include international health, agricultural workplace hazards, aging workforce.
Office: 462 CNB
Dr. Culp's website
Peter Damiano, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Director, Public Policy Center; Director, Health Policy Research Program
Preventive and Community Dentistry
Public Policy Center
Office: 212 South Quadrangle
Dr. Damiano's website
Helena Dettmer, Ph.D.
Classics; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Curriculum/ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
DEO Division of Interdisciplinary Programs
Office: 120 Schaeffer Hall
Dr. Dettmer's website
Mariola Espinosa, Ph.D.
History; Latin American Studies Program; Faculty Director of the UI Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include historical understandings of fever in French, British, Spanish and U.S. Caribbean empires. Undergraduate courses address the history of medicine and public health in Latin America and disease in the Caribbean; graduate courses address global history of Latin American science and medicine and readings on disease in the Caribbean.
Office: 168 SH
Dr. Espinosa's website
Waltraud Maierhofer, Ph.D.
German; Faculty Affiliate UI Honors Program
Research interests include German literature and culture, representations of women and femininity, and global popular media. Courses include Contraception Across Time and Cultures.
Office: 579 PH
Dr. Maierhofer's website
Maureen McCue, M.D., Ph.D.
Global Health Studies Program; Public Health; Anthropology; past Faculty Director of the Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include women's health, rural and environmental health, human rights. Courses include Global Health Service Learning; Climate Change and Health; Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees; and Global Health and Human Rights.
Office: 1120 University Capitol Centre/ 305N Communications Center
Anita Nicholson, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor (Clinical), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, College of Nursing
Research interests include child visitation in critical care units, behavioral and emotional responses of family members during critical illness, and the role of faith community nurses in helping to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She has taught a study abroad course in Swaziland (Africa) which includes working with faith community nurses in underserved rural areas.
Office: 354 CNB
Dr. Nicholson's website
Robin Paetzold-Durumeric, M.B.A.
Edith A. Parker, M.P.H., Ph. D.
Director, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health
Research interests include community-based participatory health interventions, environmental health promotion, risk communication and community engagement and outreach.
Office: N432A CPHB
Dr. Parker’s website
Ted Powers, Ph.D.
Anthropology and Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include medical anthropology, globalization, development, HIV/AIDS, political economy and South Africa. Courses include Introduction to Global Health Studies, Africa: Health and Society; Global Health Seminar: Transnational Perspectives on Health Movements and Social Change.
Office: 217 Macbride Hall
Dr. Powers' website
Julie Reynolds D.D.S., M.S.
Preventive and Community Dentistry; UI Public Policy Center
Research interests include dental healthcare system and policy, oral health disparities, social determinants of oral health, and global oral health. Courses include Introduction to Dental Public Health and International Perspectives: Xicotepec.
Office: 218 SQ
Dr. Reynolds website
Blake Rupe, M.A.
Sustainable Water Development Program Coordinator, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering; Global Health Studies Program
Interests include field research in quantifying and classifying waste, and developing mobile conservation and sustainability apps. Courses include Global Garbage and Global Health; and Social Entrepreneurship and Global Health.
Office: 4105 Seamans Center; 305N Communications Center
Phone: 319-335-5121; 319-384-1328
Blake Rupe on the IIHR website; Blake Rupe's personal website
Christopher Squier, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, College of Dentistry; Emeritus Faculty Director of the Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include the relationship between tobacco and oral disease and the role of the health professional in reducing tobacco use among their patients.
Office: N419 DSB; 305N CC
Phone: 319-335-7388; 319-384-1328
Sophie Switzer, M.S.
Global Public Health Coordinator, College of Public Health
Office: S253 CPHB
Sophie Switzer on the College of Public Health's website
Karen Wachsmuth, Ph.D.
Emily Wentzell, Ph.D.
Anthropology; Latin American Studies Program
Research interests include the gendered social consequences of aging, illness, sexual health problems and related medical treatments (primarily in Mexico). Courses include Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of Sexuality, Health in Mexico, Using Ethnographic Methods.
Office: 237 Macbride Hall
Dr. Wentzell's website
Mary Wilson, M.D.
Internal Medicine; Microbiology and Immunology
Research interests include molecular, cellular and immunobiology of infection with the Leishmania species protozoa. Dr. Wilson also participates in two Tropical Medicine Research Centers that fund collaborative field studies in India and Brazil.
Office: 401 EMRB
Dr. Wilson's website
Summer Wood M.P.H., Ph.D.
Global Health Studies Program
Research interests include medical anthropology, legal anthropology, human rights, citizenship, science and technology studies, and East Africa. Courses include Promoting Health Globally; Global Maternal & Child Health; Global Health and Human Rights.
Office: 305N CC