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Gillian Ice, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Director of Global Health Programs
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
301 Grosvenor Hall
Athens, OH 45701
T: 740.593.2128

Dr. Ice is an associate professor in the Departments of Social Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Social and Public Health, and African Studies at Ohio University and serves as the Director of Global Health. She developed the partnerships that led to the establishment of the Global Health Initiative in 2012. Prior to coming to Ohio University, She was a National Institute on Aging Fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She has a Ph.D. in Anthropology with a specialization in gerontology and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology. Her research explores stress and aging with a focus on long-term care residents and grandparents caring for orphaned children in Kenya (funded by the National Science Foundation). In the past she took students to students to Kenya to assist in this research. She is currently working with the Ministry of Health in Botswana on several projects including research, research training and curriculum development for nursing programs. She just completed a book entitled, "Disasters in Field Research. Preparing for and Coping with Unexpected Events," to be published by Alta Mira Press. CV.

Lorna Jean Edmonds, M.H.A., Ph.D.

Professor, College of Health Sciences & Professions, Vice Provost for Global Affairs
Provost's Office
Yamada International House
T:  740.593.1889


Meredith Gartin, PhD

Assistant Visiting Professor
Ohio Unviersity College of Health Sciences and Professions
Grover Center E118
Athens, OH  45701
T:  740.593.2266

Meredith completed her BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and Auburn University, respectively. In 2012 she completed her PhD in Global Health with a concentration on culture and health from Arizona State University.  She brings almost 10 years of experience in developing, leading and coordinating global health programs for both Arizona State University and CEA Study Abroad.  She has also taught and published peer-reviewed resesearch in Global Public Health, Medical Anthropology, and Environmental Sustainability.  For OHIO, she teaches courses on global health, such as the Introduction to Global Health and Introduction to Immigrant and Migrant Health.  She works with graduate students on a number of projects funded through the Global Health Initiative, such as program evaluation and assessment of global health learning outcomes.  She also is developing new courses for the Masters Degree of Global Health (anticipated launch in 2018).  CV


Debra McBride, MA

Assistant Director of Global Health Programs
Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions
Grover Center E118
Athens, OH 45701 
T: 740.593.2359

Debra has a Master’s Degree in International Administration with a focus on Organization Development and Training in non-profit organizations and a BA in International Studies. She has over 20 years of professional experience working with both the government and private sectors. This experience includes directing a state and federally funded non-profit organization, ownership of a consulting practice focused on building the capacity of organizations and individuals, and 15 years of experience as an examiner with state and national quality/continuous improvement programs. Debra manages the operations of the Global Health Initiative by building relationships with faculty, students, internal departments and external organizations to establish global health programming; oversees programs and projects; develops strategy; defines procedures, policies and metrics; and evaluates and improve processes. CV.



OHIO Affiliated Faculty

Tania Basta

Joe Bianco

Merri Biechler

Jenny Chabot

Sharon Casapulla

Kay-Anne Darlington

David Drozek

Dawn Graham

Mario Grijalva

Zelelam Haille

Brooke Hallowell

Eliza Harper

Steve Howard

Janice Howman

Mountasser Kadrie

Caroline Kingori

Rebecca Meier

Sarah Rubin

Kerri Shaw

Dan Skinner

Asli Teweldeberhan

Janice Wright


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