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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

Marape Marape B.A., M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, College of Health Sciences & Professions
Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Dr. Marape is a physician by training. He completed his medical education at the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland. He also holds a doctorate in Public Health, majoring in Epidemiology and Disease Control, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health and Global Health both obtained from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Houston, Texas. He has many years of clinical and international public health experience including working at Princess Marina Hospital – Botswana’s largest public hospital, and Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence where he focused mainly on the clinical care and treatment of HIV-infected children and their families. In addition, he served as the Director of Research at Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence. He also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics with Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He I  also taught at the University of Botswana. He currently serves as faculty and Ohio University’s in-country director in Botswana while continuing to practice clinical medicine in Gaborone, Botswana. He has served, and continues to serve on multiple national and international health committees and has presented multiple papers in national and international scientific meetings mainly on the subject of Pediatric HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis. Additionally, he authored and co-authored several scientific papers and book chapters on the same subjects.

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.


Meredith Gartin, PhD


Global Health Program Coordinator
Ohio Unviersity College of Health Sciences and Professions
Grover Center E118
Athens, OH  45701
T:  740.593.2353

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.  She manages the Global Health faculty directed programs providing support to faculty and advising students on global opportunities.  CV

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