History of International and Global Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Message from the Associate Dean Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
The Office of Global Health was established in January 2010 at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Our vision for MCW is 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 from virtually all departments 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 collaborations locally and worldwide to address global health from neighborhoods to nations.
MCW offers a wealth of interest, expertise, and resources in global health efforts. Intentional interdisciplinary collaboration across our departments could increase sustainable funding opportunities, create credible and educational learning environments for MCW faculty and trainees, and synergize efforts to address health disparities locally and worldwide.
As the catalyzing agent, we take advantage of the diverse skills and experiences of our faculty and trainees. Together, we strive to improve the health of those most in need locally and worldwide.
I look forward to keeping you informed of our ongoing progress as we build the Medical College of Wisconsin's Office of Global Health. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Hargarten, MD, MPH
Associate Dean, Global Health
Professor, Emergency Medicine
The Medical College of Wisconsin has institutional memberships to local and international consortiums for global health.
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
MCW is a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (UCUGH). CUGH is the largest consortium of academic institutions in the world involved in global health. With over 19,000 individual members and 145 institutions worldwide, MCW is part of this interdisciplinary network whose mission is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge to address global health challenges by creating equity and reducing health disparities. In line with MCW’s four missions, CUGH promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships dedicated to building human capital across education, research, and service.
The Office of Global Health's mission is to advance MCW’s mission of education, research, patient care, and community engagement through multi-institutional collaborations. Our vision for MCW to be a leader in global health that promotes health equity across neighborhoods and nations.
Our goal is to develop a sustainable framework for multidisciplinary collaboration that integrates and advances the global health sciences.
- Establish credible local and global partnerships with community-based organizations, universities, medical schools, and healthcare delivery sites that offer education, research, patient care, and community engagement opportunities for MCW faculty, medical and graduate students, residents, and fellows.
- Implement standardized agreements with local and global organizations to assure credit and excellence for trainee and faculty participation.
- Health equity
- Social justice
For the past three decades, the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area has been an advocate for and leader in global health research, education, training, and technology commercialization. Companies, universities, nonprofits, civil society organizations, and government agencies have worked together to strengthen health and safety locally and globally, with the goal of reducing disparities and inequities, for the world's diverse populations.
To measure the breadth and depth of greater Milwaukee's global health activities and to communicate the sector's impacts on the regional economy, the Milwaukee Global Health Consortium commissioned an inaugural economic landscape study by RTI International.
Based on the data provided by these organizations, RTI estimates that the greater Milwaukee global health sector generated direct employment of 6,132 people and $2.901 billion of economic activity. When the secondary and tertiary impacts of spending by greater Milwaukee global health organizations and employees are included, the greater Milwaukee global health sector supported 16,961 total jobs, $1.308 billion in labor income, $4.671 billion in economic output, and $143.8 million in state and local taxes for the state of Wisconsin.Read the Landscape Study's full report (PDF) or executive summary (PDF).
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Global Health
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In January 2010, the Medical College of Wisconsin named Stephen Hargarten, MD, as associate dean of the Office of Global Health. Dr. Hargarten is also professor of Emergency Medicine.
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.
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. In 2014, Dr. Hargarten became the Director of the Milwaukee Global Health Consortium (formerly Center for International Health) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Tifany Frazer, MPH
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Tifany Frazer joined the Office of Global Health as Program Manager 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 Office of Global Health, 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 the 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.
Madeline Burke joined the Office of Global Health as a Public Health Intern from Carroll University in January 2021. She has enjoyed working among many different groups on campus as well as various countries. On Carroll’s campus, Madeline is the Public Relations Officer for the Public Health Club and is also a member of Future Healthcare Executives. She has immersed herself within different cultures to better familiarize herself with values and beliefs that may differ from her own.” In 2016, Madeline traveled to the Dominican Republic to play and coach softball with local teams. In 2020, she was an intern at The Hunger Task Force in the Advocacy Department on a project to address school lunch eligibility and stigma. These experiences facilitated a passion for Global Health. Madeline will graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a minor in Healthcare Administration.
Allison Kriegler joined the Office of Global Health as a Public Health Intern in January 2021. Throughout her undergraduate education at Carroll University, she has served as a founding member and on the executive board for their Public Health Club. She serves as a Campus Connector through the Wisconsin Public Health Association. She enjoys participating competitively on the university’s Swim and Dive team. Allison is an AHEC Scholar, a competitive two-year program designed to enhance and broaden a student’s healthcare training offered by the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Allison will graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and will be continuing her education in occupational therapy afterwards.
Designated by their Department Chair, each department and select Centers have a faculty member who serves as a Global Health Liaison to act as the main contact person for communications between MCW Office of Global Health and their departmental faculty and staff. Each liaison holds the following roles and responsibilities:
- Act as main contact person for communications between MCW Office of Global Health and their departmental faculty and staff.
- Provide the MCW Office of Global Health with their departmental faculty’s current global health clinical care, education, research, or public health efforts.
- Refer any faculty interested in global health clinical care, education, research, or public health efforts to the MCW Office of Global Health.
Faculty liaisons for each department, institute, and center
Ehab Abourashed, PhD, MS, BPharm
Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Global Health Pathway
Kristen Bunnell, PharmD
Bruce Campbell, MD
Laura Cassidy, PhD
Jenifer Coburn, PhD
Medicine (Infectious Disease), Center for Infectious Disease Research
Chris Dodgion, MD
Leonard Egede, MD
Professor and Division Chief
Beth Erickson, MD
Bert Forster, PhD
Stephen Humphrey, MD
Bryan Johnston, MD
Family and Community Medicine
Jeff Kelly, PhD
Center Director & Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, CAIR
Judith Kosasih, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Peter Langenstroer, MD, MS
Qing-song Liu, PhD
Pharmacology and Toxicology
John “Mac” Longo, MD
Jonathan S. Marchant, MA, PhD
Marcus Professor & Chair
Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy
Seema Menon, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ahmed Obeidat, MD
Dr. Stephanie Olivier-Van Stichelen, PhD
Lars Olson, PhD
Ashley Pavlic, MD
Francisco Quiroz, MD
Honey Reddi, PhD, FACMG
Chief Medical Director Clinical Diagnostics
Associate Professor Pathology
Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center
Jim Sanger, MD
Megan Schultz, MD, MA
Global Health Pathway
Jeffrey P. Schwab, MD
Hesham Soliman, MD
Taylor Sonnenberg, MD
Saul Suster, MD
Susan Taylor, MD
Sergey Tarima, PhD
Institute for Health & Equity
Dr. Bipin Thapa, MD
Jeannette Vasquez-Vivar, PhD
Rebekah Walker, PhD
Center for Advancing Population Science
Doriel Ward, PhD
Director, Assistant Professor
Geoffrey Wilkes, MD
Tom Zahrt, PhD
Microbiology & Immunology