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International and Global Health Office

The International and Global Health Office (IGHO) aims to promote international cooperation and exchange in health education and research, by supporting and coordinating international activities and projects initiated by Faculty members and academic units that are endorsed by Faculty Leadership.

The Faculty is regularly presented with opportunities to expand its internationalization efforts, and the IGHO’s mandate is to ensure that decisions to formalize partnerships and agreements are first evaluated against a set of requirements and prioritize accordingly thereby creating a proactive strategy rather than being spontaneous and reactive. The goal is to ensure that international activities are in line with the varied educational and research priorities of the Faculty, as well as the overall internationalization efforts of the University. 

Strategy and Mandate

Internationalization and Global Health has emerged as a strategic direction of the Faculty through the creation of an environment that promotes international and global health collaborations and supports initiatives that are aligned with the Faculty’s priorities in education and research. 

The IGHO will have a strong governance model that is aligned with the University’s international strategy as well as clear goals and metrics toward partnership development and a strong communications plan to engage all stakeholders.

The IGHO promotes internationalization at the Faculty of Medicine (FoM) and ensures the sustainability of international partnerships and the Global Health Program through four key areas:

1. Ensure impactful and diverse partnerships

International partnerships are key to ensuring that the Faculty of Medicine is well positioned to become a global leader in multi-disciplinary international collaborations.

Through its new assessment process of all international partnerships, the International and Global Health (IGHO) will ensure that the Faculty identifies key geographic areas and preferred partnerships that align with the strategic directions and values of the Faculty, as well as promote mutually beneficial partnerships, potential revenue generation, social accountability and sustainability.

2. Improve global health locally and abroad

The IGHO is well positioned to lead and support initiatives that will promote the Faculty’s strategic direction toward “Leading Innovation for a Healthier World”.

The role of the Global Health Advisory Committee (GHAC) has recently been revised to aid the Global Health Program (GHP) in achieving its strategic goals and objectives by providing guidance, insight and expertise to enhance current global health programs and to identify new opportunities in the areas of education, research and community engagement.

3. Prioritize our social accountability mandate

The IGHO will ensure that learners and faculty members truly understand the impact they can have on marginalized communities during their international travels as well as within Canada.

4. Empower our learners for global citizenship

The IGHO is dedicated to provide learners and faculty with guidance and support by creating an environment that promotes collaborations.

By introducing an annual symposia focusing on international and global health, the IGHO aims to showcase existing initiatives and encourage further alliances so that our learners feel supported in becoming global citizens.

Comprehensive internationalization is a commitment, confirmed through action, to infuse an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education.

Internationalization shapes institutional ethos and values and touches the entire higher education enterprise. It not only affects all of campus life but also the institution’s external frames of reference, partnerships, and relations.

John K. Hudzik, 2011 - Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action (pdf, 192.49 KB)

Global health is “an area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global Health emphasizes transnational health issues determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care."

Jeffrey P Koplan, et. al. 2009 - Towards a common definition of global health (The Lancet article).

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2022 
The Faculty of Medicine’s International and Global Health Office, and Planetary Health of the Faculty of Medicine, are delighted to launch the Planetary Health Community of Practice and Webinar Series! 

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2022 
A new, first-in-Canada MOU between the Faculty of Medicine and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) reinforces the Faculty’s commitment to social accountability, this time in the field of family medicine.

Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2022
Are you an international learner at the Faculty of Medicine? Register for this interactive online workshop today! 

Posted on Monday, February 7, 2022
Join us on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 for our FREE live webinar in our Faculty of Medicine International Learner Community webinar series: Benefits and Challenges of an International Medical/Scientific Career. 

Posted on Tuesday, February 1, 2022
The International and Global Health Office, the Office of Social Accountability, and Planetary Health of the Faculty of Medicine are delighted to invite you to the Faculty of Medicine Symposium: Leading Innovation for a Healthier Worldwhich will take place on Thursday, April 7th, 2022, with the theme “Towards a Healthier and Greener World”! 

Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2021
The International and Global Health Office and the Office of Social Accountability are delighted to invite you to the Faculty of Medicine’s Symposium on Leading Innovation for a Greener and Healthier World which will take place on Thursday, April 7th, 2022!


Contact Us

International and Global Health Office

Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa
600 Peter Morand Crescent (112)
Ottawa, ON K1G 5Z3 Canada

Tel.: 613 562 5800 x 7800
Email: [email protected]