Global Health Symposium

Each year, M-HEAL collaborates with Timmy Global Health to host the Global Health Symposium. GHS features speakers engaged in global health research both in the University of Michigan and abroad.  We are hoping that attendees will be able to walk away from the Symposium having learned strategies and methods that can help them implement change in under-served communities. We aim to foster interdisciplinary work in global health, design, and entrepreneurship.  

GHS 2018

M-HEAL and TGT hosted the sixth annual Global Health Symposium on February 15th, 2018, in the Rackham Auditorium. This year, GHS featured three amazing speakers; Dr. John Piette, he is a Professor of Global Public Health and Internal Medicine, the Director of the University of Michigan Center for Managing Chronic Disease, and a VA Senior Research Career Scientist, Caroline Soyars, who worked with the World Health Organization as well as completed a fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine where she contributed to the design and execution of clinical trials on 3D printed prosthetic sockets for lower limb amputees and low-cost endomicroscopes for endoscopic surveillance of precancerous and cancerous lesions in community-based settings, and Dr. Matthew Boulton, the Senior Associate Dean for Global Public Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he is Professor of Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine, Global Public Health, and Health Management & Policy

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GHS 2017

M-HEAL and TGH hosted their fifth annual Global Health Symposium on February 18th from 11 AM -  2 PM in the Rackham Amphitheatre, in which established professionals discussed their experience working on projects aimed at improving global health. This year, we  heard from Dr. Jason J. Ham, an emergency medicine assistant professor at U of M; Dr. Gwenyth Lee, a research assistant professor of epidemiology; and Nikki Beetsch, a project manager from NSF’s Applied Research Center. We hope that attendees walked away from the symposium with a better perspective about different global health disciplines, ranging from engineering to medicine to public health




Dr. Gwenyth Lee 

Gwenyth Lee received her PhD in international health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2013 and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Fogarty International Center - National Institutes of Health Inter-American Training for Innovations in Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATIEID) program, which was designed to foster multidisciplinary, multinational training in problem-focused research. Working as part of a team of Peruvian and American engineers, physicians, biologists and epidemiologists, IATIEID has developed and validated a device to monitor the dynamics of cough among patients with active pulmonary tuberculosis. Dr. Lee is currently a research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, and her broader research interests relate to the intersection of infectious (primarily enteric) diseases and undernutrition, primarily in Latin America.

Dr. Jason J. Ham

Dr. Jason J. Ham, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. His present work includes clinical care and process improvements for Hospitalized Short Stay patients. He has developed standardized systems of care, administered medical teams, and contributed to research in Communication and Observation Care. Dr. Ham was educated in Ireland and continues to have an interest in international medicine and communication. Understanding different medical systems and the complexity of the human condition, Dr. Ham enjoys translating the needs of patients into the best care that healthcare systems can provide.

Nikki Beetsch

Nikki Beetsch of NSF International’s Applied Research Center (ARC) is seconded to the World Health Organization to provide technical support in the development and management of the newly launched WHO's International Scheme to Evaluate Household Water Treatment Technologies. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. Her relevant experience includes management of evaluation to NSF P231, Microbiological Water Purifiers program, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency Guide Standard Protocol for Testing Microbiological Water Purifiers and development and management of NSF P248, Military Operations Microbiological Water Purifiers with the United States Army Public Health Command.


GHS 2016



DR. Laura Rozek

Dr. Laura Rozek is the Associate Director of the Office of Global Public Health and an Associate Professor in the Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Additionally, she currently works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the U of M Medical School, and was awarded a research award at the U of M Internal Medicine Symposium. Her research includes socio-economic factors that affect cancer rates to biochemical changes in DNA of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and cognitively normal controls in the human frontal cortex.

Dr. Sanjay Saint

Dr. Sanjay Saint is the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the U of M Hospital, the Director of the VA and U of M Patient Safety Enhancement Program, and the Chief of Medicine at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed papers and a book recently published by Oxford University Press entitled “Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems.” His research focuses on preventing healthcare-associated infection, implementation science, and medical decision-making.

DR. MARISA Eisenberg

Dr. Marisa Eisenberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Mathematics. Her research includes mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, centered on connecting math models and disease data to understand transmission dynamics and improve forecasting efforts. Her recent work has included examining cholera in Haiti and Thailand, Ebola in West Africa, and HPV in the United States.