Message from the Associate Dean:
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH

WelcomeDr. Hargarten
The Office of Global Health was established in January 2010 at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Our vision for MCW to be a leader in global health that promotes health equity across neighborhoods and nations. Our mission is to advance MCW’s mission of education, research, patient care, and community engagement through multi-institutional collaborations. Our goal is to develop a sustainable framework for multidisciplinary collaboration that integrates and advances the global health sciences.

MCW is uniquely positioned to address this goal. We have nearly 200 faculty participating in or who have participated in global health activities across 80 countries. We are committed to assisting faculty in formalizing their existing partnerships and creating new collaborative locally and worldwide to address global health from neighborhoods to nations.

MCW Global Resources
MCW offers a wealth of interest, expertise, and resources to global health efforts. It is an exciting challenge to help faculty and trainees explore and implement their global health activities. Virtually all the departments at MCW have important pursuits related to global health. In general, collaborative international activities have arisen based upon the personal contacts of faculty rather than as the result of coordinated strategic planning. Interdisciplinary collaboration across our departments could increase sustainable funding opportunities, credible and educational learning environments for MCW faculty and trainees, and synergistic efforts to address health disparities locally and worldwide.

Working with Our Local, Community Partners
We continue to work with our key community partners and other academic institutions including the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of International Studies and local community-based organizations such as Lutheran Social Services Refugee Resettlement Program, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee International Learning Center, United Community Center and the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center.

Future Activities
It is an exciting time for us to help coordinate global health activities on the MCW campus. As the catalyzing agent we are taking advantage of the diverse skills and experiences of our faculty and trainees. Together, with them we may work towards improving the health of those most in need locally and worldwide.

I look forward to keeping you informed of our progress as we continue building the Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Global Health. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at

Steve Hargarten, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Global Health
Professor and Chair Department of Emergency Medicine
Director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Updated October 2015

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