Global Health Program

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Faculty & Staff


Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Global Health
In January 2010, the Medical College of Wisconsin named Stephen Hargarten, MD, as associate dean of the Global Health Program as part of the College’s new Institute for Health and Society. Dr. Hargarten is also professor and chairman of Emergency Medicine and director of the College’s Injury Research Center.

Our goal is to establish a sustainable platform of global health partnerships to support the education of undergraduate and graduate medical students, research, clinical, public and community health training and international collaborative activities of our faculty and trainees.

Dr. Hargarten’s international experience began in medical school when he selected a two month elective clerkship in Nicaragua. In 1980, he volunteered at the Tom Dooley Heritage Hospital in Thailand, caring for refugees from Laos. He served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Indochina Refugee Relief Fund and also on the Board of Tom Dooley Heritage. As an outcome of his MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Hargarten has extensively investigated US citizen deaths (initially Peace Corps Volunteers) that occur outside the United States and is a leading expert in this area of global health.

Along with colleagues in emergency medicine and in collaboration with the Center for International Health, a collaborative of several institutions, including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University, Dr. Hargarten has served as co-principal investigator on large emergency medicine services (EMS) training projects in Poland, Croatia, Latvia, and China. The new Global Health Program will partner with and leverage the efforts of the Center for International Health.

Currently, Dr. Hargarten serves on the Violence and Injury Prevention Mentoring Committee for the World Health Organization and serves on the board of directors of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT). Dr. Hargarten has a long history of extramurally funded research in injury prevention, and has published over 100 research articles, editorials and chapters.

An alumnus of the Medical College, Dr. Hargarten joined the faculty in 1989. He completed an internship at the Gorgas Hospital in Panama, and previously served as a staff physician in the emergency departments at St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s and St. Luke’s Hospitals before joining the College and the staff at the County Hospital and Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Hargarten completed his MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene in 1984 and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars which is a honor for those who have shown distinction and excellence in their field of study.

He is an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine and has received numerous awards in recognition for teaching excellence, research in injury prevention, and public service. He is the founding president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, and a past president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine, as well as having served on many expert committees and advisory task forces. Most recently Dr. Hargarten was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Tifany Frazer, MPH
Program Manager
Tifany Frazer joined the staff of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Health and Society as the program manager for the Global Health Program in September 2010.  Tifany works closely with Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Associate Dean for Global Health, in developing a sustainable platform of local and international partnerships to support the education, research, clinical, public and community health training of the College’s faculty and trainees. Prior to developing the Global Health Program, Tifany served as a program manager in the College’s Department of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children where she administered programs in community-based pediatric resident graduate education, clinic-based early literacy promotion and community academic partnerships that addressed pediatric oral health care access, medical/legal collaborations and faith-based emergency preparedness in Milwaukee.  Prior to coming to College, Tifany worked in three different continents holding international positions with the United States Peace Corps, and United Nations program of UNAIDS, and UNICEF in El Salvador, Peru and Thailand respectively.  Tifany received a master of public health degree in International Health from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Ashley Hines, BSAshley Hines
Program Assistant
Ashley Hines joined the staff of the Institute for Health and Society as the Global Health Program Assistant in October 2010. Ashley graduated from the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies--Child Development in May 2010. She has a great interest in global health and she recently completed a study abroad program in Uganda, Africa. She intends to become a Pediatrician and continue community-based research.





Samantha ScholzenSamantha Scholzen
Program Intern
Samantha Scholzen is an intern for the Global Health Program. Samantha will graduate in May 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse College of Health and Science, majoring in Community Health Education – Nutrition. Samantha has been an active member in the La Crosse community through student-lead volunteer experiences at UW-La Crosse, Gundersen Health System, Deep Roots Community Garden, and the La Crosse County Falls Prevention Coalition. After graduation, she will continue to explore opportunities within the field of health education and further her interests in global health with local and international public health education efforts.



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