MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s minor in global public health will host the “Global Public Health: Experiences and Insights” lecture series during spring semester. The series highlights the contributions of Montana professionals who are addressing urgent health needs around the world.
The lectures will take place from 6:40 to 7:40 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 28 through May 6, in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. All lectures are free and open to the public.
This year’s lectures will focus on Ebola, HIV/AIDS, global blindness, cervical cancer, sanitation, leprosy, rural health care delivery, environmental health, disabilities, “local global health” and the work of Missoula Medical Aid.
The topics span a broad geographic area, including South Africa, Mongolia, Borneo, Cambodia, Peru, St. Lucia, Honduras, West Africa and Montana.
“Of special interest will be Missoula infectious disease specialist George Risi who will share personal insights on his experiences dealing with Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak,” said series organizer and UM Global Public Health Director Peter Koehn.
The lecture series was inspired by a talk delivered by “Mountains Beyond Mountains” author Tracy Kidder who spoke in Missoula on the humanitarian initiatives of medical anthropologist Paul Farmer.
The interdisciplinary lecture series is offered at the initiative of the Global Public Health program’s External Advisory Committee.
The lecture series, “PSCI 191 - Global Public Health,” also is offered as a one-credit pass/no pass UM course.
“This year’s presentations by distinguished guest lecturers from around Montana address a new and different set of topics from last year’s series,” Koehn said. “Each topic provides an opportunity to showcase the amazing group of Montana professionals who are contributing in important and often unnoticed ways to advancing health around the world.”
He expects the presentations again will be powerful and inspirational for UM students and members of the wider community.