UM Global Public Health Minor to Host Weekly Lecture Series During Spring Semester

January 23, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana minor in global public health will host a weekly lecture series featuring Montana health care practitioners and professionals. “Global Health in the Global South: Montana’s Mountains Beyond Mountains” will introduce health care issues facing the world from an interdisciplinary perspective.

UM political science Professor and Fulbright New Century Scholar Peter Koehn organized the lecture series, which he said was inspired by the newly established minor in global public health and the campus presentation made last fall by Tracy Kidder, author of the UM First-Year Reading Experience book “Mountains Beyond Mountains.”

The book traces the life and work of physician and anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer, with particular focus on his work fighting tuberculosis in Haiti, Peru and Russia. The speakers in the lecture series have made contributions to global health in ways that evoke the work of Farmer and Partners in Health, the global health organization he co-founded.

“What I realized is that there is an amazing group of Montana professionals who are contributing in important and often unnoticed ways to advancing health around the world,” Koehn said. “This series provides an opportunity to showcase their work for students and members of the western Montana community.”

The lectures will include insights from medicine, epidemiology, nursing, anthropology, biology, cardiology, ophthalmology, political science, community-health planning and ethics. They will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 27-May 5, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. This series is free and open to the public.

The schedule is:

  • Jan. 27: “Global Health in the Global South: Montana’s Mountains Beyond Mountains, Lecture Series Introduction and Overview,” Koehn, Ph.D.
  • Feb. 3: “Global Health: The Big Issues,” Dr. Tom Bulger, St. Patrick Hospital.
  • Feb. 10: To be announced.
  • Feb. 24: “Global HIV/AIDS,” Dr. Nancy Fitch, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
  • March 3: “Emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Evoking of SARS at the 10th Anniversary,” Dr. Heinrich Feldmann, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • March 10: “The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital: Capacity Building in the Global South,” Dr. Brian Sippy, Rocky Mountain Eye Center.
  • March 17: “Maternal and Infant Mortality in Low-Income Countries,” Dr. Gevevieve Reid, Global Midwife Education Foundation.
  • March 24: “Improving Road Safety in Developing Countries,” Dr. John Miller, Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana.
  • April 7: “15 in this Minute: Addressing Childhood Mortality, Aid Equity and the Social Determinants of Health,” Michele Sare, registered nurse, Journal of International Nursing.
  • April 14: “Transmigrant Health in a World of Permeable Borders: Place, Access and Transnational Competence,” Koehn.
  • April 21: “How International Experiences as Students Led to an Interest in Pursuing Family Medicine as a Career,” Dr. Nerissa Koehn and others.
  • April 28: “The Epidemiology of Tick-borne Relapsing Fever,” Tom Schwan, Ph.D, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH/NIAID.
  • May 5: “Heart Disease and the Children of Ethiopia: Nurture and Nature,” Dr. Joe Knapp, The International Heart Institute of Montana.

No lectures will be held on Feb. 17 and March 31. For more information call Koehn at 406-243-5294,, call Lecture Series Coordinator Jamie Ryan Lockman at 406-546-6572 or email



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Contact: Peter Koehn, professor, UM Department of Political Science, 406-243-5294,; Jamie Ryan Lockman, lecture series coordinator, 406-546-6572,