Ohio State University Health Sciences Center for Global Health

Ohio State University Health Sciences Center for Global Health
Health Sciences Center for Global Health
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376 W 10th Ave, Suite 165
Columbus, OH 43210-1280

The Health Sciences Center for Global Health (HSCGH) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is a collaborative program among the OSU Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Public Health, School of Allied Medical Professions and Veterinary Medicine. The HSCGH is led jointly by the Colleges of Medicine (COM) and Public Health (CPH).

The HSCGH was created to increase student interest in global careers, prepare students for those careers and to promote, develop and coordinate interdisciplinary global health education and research throughout the health sciences colleges and the larger community. The Board of Trustees approved the creation of the HSCGH in July 2007.[1]


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty Framework Grant[2] was awarded to OSU in September 2008.[3][4] The NIH John E. Fogarty International Center grant supports the creation of new, multidisciplinary educational programs as well as an administrative infrastructure to support activities.[5]

Core Activities

  • Creation of an administrative framework to coordinate and accelerate global health activities at OSU.
  • Development of robust multidisciplinary curricula in global health at the college-preparatory, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels for students and trainees enrolled at OSU.
  • Creation of an Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health within the Graduate School.
  • Development of mentored hands-on research, outreach and clinical experience in global health.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health

The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH)[6] is a university-wide program that offers current OSU graduate and professional students advanced educational opportunities in the field of global health. The goal of the GISGH is to help prepare graduates to be active participants in the advancement of global health through academic enrichment, service-learning, and research pertaining to issues of global health. The specialization's core course, Introduction to Global Health, focuses on the basic components of population health, while the electives allow students to pursue topics across the other health sciences colleges for a truly interdisciplinary experience.

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Health Sciences Center for Global Health


Daniel D. Sedmak, MD, is the Principal Investigator of OSU's Fogarty Framework Grant and Director of the HSCGH. Dr. Sedmak, Chairman and professor of Pathology, has led the planning and execution of Global Health Initiatives at the OSU Medical Center. Dr. Sedmak has been a longtime medical faculty member and served as interim dean of the college and interim senior vice president. He served as executive vice president and executive dean at Georgetown University Medical Center. His scientific focus is the pathobiology of cytomegalovirus, particularly its escape from immunosurveillance. Prior to entering administration full-time, Dr. Sedmak was an NIH-funded investigator for over 15 years and authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. He has received, among numerous other distinctions, Ohio State COM's most prestigious teaching recognition, Professor of the Year and the Gold Humanism award.

Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD,[7] professor in the CPH, serves as a Co-Investigator on the Fogarty Framework Grant and Co-Director of the HSCGH. Her primary responsibilities as co-director will include overall supervision of curricula development and implementation. She received a doctorate in nursing from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and a master’s of public health from Harvard School of Public Health, where her area of concentration was Health Policy, specifically tobacco policy and control. Dr. Wewers currently serves as Co-Director and Project Leader on a NCI-funded P50 grant that developed the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities[8] at OSU’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her current work investigates tobacco treatment among underserved groups of tobacco users residing in rural Ohio Appalachia.

Pamela Potter serves as the administrative director for the Health Sciences Center for Global Health at The Ohio State University and in that role provides oversight of the daily administration and operation of the center. She is also the assistant director of the Office of Global Health Education in the College of Medicine. Prior to her role at OSU, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Dean for the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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  1. ^ The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), Minutes of the Meetings of the Board of Trustees, Meetings of 12, 13 July 2007(Retrieved on July 7, 2009)
  2. ^ "OSU Center for Global Health, Grant Number: 1R25TW008101-01," Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects, National Institutes of Health (Retrieved on July 16, 2009)
  3. ^ "John E. Fogarty International Center Framework Programs for Global Health Fiscal Year 2008 Awards,” U.S. National Institutes of Health (Retrieved on July 08, 2009)
  4. ^ "NIH Awards $4.6 Million to Expand Global Health Network," Press release (Retrieved on 2009-07-08)
  5. ^ "John E. Fogarty International Center Framework Programs for Global Health,” U.S. National Institutes of Health (Retrieved on July 08, 2009)
  6. ^ Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health," The Ohio State University Health Sciences Center for Global Health (Retrieved on July 16, 2009)
  7. ^ The Ohio State University College of Public Health (Retrieved on July 14, 2009)
  8. ^ NIH Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (Retrieved on July 14, 2009)

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