Global Health Seminar Series

The Global Health Institute hosts a monthly seminar during the academic year. The Institute invites researchers and public health professionals from both inside and outside the University to lead state-of-the-art seminars relating to their work. Visit the CPH Event Calendar to learn about upcoming Global Health Seminars and other GHI-sponsored events.

2023-24 Program

Household Air Pollution and Childhood Respiratory Illness in Guatemala
John McCracken, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Is early detection of tuberculosis the key to ending epidemics?
Emily Kendall, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Fiscal Decentralization and the HIV Treatment Cascade in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Identifying opportunities to sustain progress made under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Tobey Nelson Sapiano, DrPH, MPH, Health Scientist, Division of Global HIV & TB, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2022-23 Program

Using Network Science to Understanding TB Transmission Dynamics

Christopher Whalen, M.D., Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professor in Global Health & Director, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

TB vaccines in Children: Past, Present and Future

Lisa Cranmer, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Emory University School of Medicine & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Tuberculosis in young children: Triggers leading to progression from infection to disease in a birth cohort from South Africa

Leo Martinez, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Boston University

“I Thrive Where the Earth is Alive”: Human-Environment Relationships in Iceland and their Implications for Resilience

Michelle Ritchie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management & Institute for Disaster Management, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

World TB Day Seminar – In Search of Host Directed Therapeutic Targets: Integrating Metabolism and Immunity

Ankita Garg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

2023 Global Health Research Symposium

The Global Health Union at UGA, in collaboration with the Global Health Institute, hosted the annual Global Health Research Symposium virtually on April 27, 2023. The speakers and the titles of their talks are:

  • Devan Campbell, PhD student in Environmental Health Sciences: “Determinants of black carbon exposure in the HAPIN trial.”
  • Laura Grajeda, PhD student in Epidemiology: “Lung function in children from the HAPIN trial at age 3 years: assessment of reliability”
  • Adenike McDonald, MPH student concentrating in Epidemiology; “Prevalence of TB-related symptoms and self-reported disability among adults post-TB treatment in Uganda: A retrospective study”
  • Trang Quach, PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Global Health Institute; “Effect of Restrictions for the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic on Social and Geo-Spatial Networks of Tuberculosis in Kampala, Uganda”

2021-22 Program

Using technology to map the spread of tuberculosis in an African city

Christopher Whalen, M.D., Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professor in Global Health and director of UGA’s Global Health Institute

The whispered word: eradication. Will measles and rubella ever be likely candidates?

Dr. Amy Winter, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Scaling-up Mental Health Interventions for Violence-Exposed Youth in West Africa

Dr. Nathan Hansen, Professor, Department of Health Promotion & Behavior, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

A Mixed Methods Assessment of Scaling Up a Strengthened Youth-Friendly Service Delivery Model to Include Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Ethiopia

Dr. Fariyal F. Fikree, Senior Research Advisor for Evidence to Action/PATH

Can public health be both consequentialist and reductionist?

Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, Senior Scientist in the Division of International Epidemiology & Population Studies at the Fogarty International Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health

Global synergies between tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus: Disease interdependence across the lifespan

Dr. Matthew Magee, associate professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health

2020-21 Program

Host responses to SARS-CoV infection and vaccination

Dr. Mark Tompkins, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

From Tuberculosis to COVID-19: Understanding transmission and the impact of vaccines

Dr. Kristen Batton Nelson, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Air Pollution and COVID-19 in Developing Countries

Dr. John McCracken, Professor, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Studying COVID-19 Spread and Control

Dr. Andreas Handel, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

COVID-19 and Global Food Security

Chase Sova, Ph.D., Senior Director of Public Policy and Thought Leadership, World Food Program USA

Ethics of COVID-19 Response

Jim Thomas, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, and Director, MEASURE Program, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

COVID-19 and Public Health Systems in China and the US

Adam “Zhuo” Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Special Event – Global Health Research Symposium

Hosted by the UGA Global Health Union and Global Health Institute

2019-20 Program

Informatics and the future for Global Health

Dave Ross, President & CEO, The Task Force for Global Health

Advancing Parenting Skills: A Feasibility Study for An Early Childhood Intervention Using Text Messages among Low-Income Mothers of Newborns in Yunnan Province, Southwestern China

Dr. Stacy Zhang, Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management, UGA College of Public Health

Practice of Disease Prevention and Control in Pudong New Area, China 

Dr. Tao Lin, Deputy Director, Pudong Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China

The Status of Ebola Virus Disease in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities for Global Health

Dr. Colleen Kraft, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory School of Medicine

TB: What is the Problem? The Disease or the Epidemic / Digital adherence monitoring for TB

Dr. Christopher Whalen, Holbrook Distinguished Professor and Director, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Dr. Juliet Sekandi, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health, University of Georgia

HPV Vaccination: Implications for Global Health

Dr. Amy Baldwin, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership

2018-19 Program

Georgia’s Role in Building a 21st Century Global Heath Workforce

Maria Thacker-Goethe, Executive Director, Georgia Global Health Alliance

Public Health Challenges in Croatia

Croatian Institute for Public Health in Brod Posavina County, Croatia

Hurricane Maria and lessons on resilience in global field research

Dr. Jose Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health, UGA College of Public Health

Tuberculosis in Emergencies: The Reality for Refugees

Dr. Susan Cookson, Global TB Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Innovative global health research mentoring strategies for low/middle income countries

Dr. Jonathan Stiles, Morehouse School of Medicine

2017-18 Program

Leadership Lessons from the Developing World

Charles R. Evans, President, International Health Services Group

Mapping Infectious Disease Transmission Using Cellphone Network Data and Molecular Techniques

Dr. Christopher C. Whalen, Ernest Corn Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Director of the Global Health Institute

Global Tuberculosis: Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving the UN SDGs

Dr. Kenneth Castro, Emory University/ USAID

Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS)

Dr. Jeff Koplan, Emory Global Health Institute

World AIDS DAY: Current Topics in Global HIV – Discussion Panel

Drs. Paula Davis-Olwell and Nate Hansen, UGA College of Public Health

Digital Monitoring of Treatment Adherence: A Mobile Health (mHealth) Application

Dr. Juliet Sekandi, Assistant Professor, UGA Global Health Institute

The Ecology of Ebola

Dr. John Drake, Odum School of Ecology

Mental Health and Pregnancy: Intervening in Liberia

Dr. Tamora Callands, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior

Helminth-microbe Coinfection: Insights from the Wild

Dr. Vanessa Ezenwa, Odum School of Ecology

2016-17 Program

The Impact of Tuberculosis on Global Health

Dr. Chris Whalen, Director, Global Health Institute, with epidemiology and global health graduate students Leonardo Martinez-Pantoja and Maria Castellanos-Reynosa

Global Health at UGA: Croatia, Uganda, Puerto Rico, and Nepal

(1) Current Challenges in Global Health; (2) Cancer and Infectious Disease and Global Health; (3) Environment and Global Health

Various faculty

Scaling up HIV Care and Treatment to Achieve Epidemic Control: Priorities and Lesson Learned

Dr. Moses Bateganya, Team Lead, CDC, HIV Care and Treatment Branch

Evaluation of a community-based service learning program in a rural Ecuadorian population

Dr. Phaedra Corso, UGA Foundation Professor and Director of Economic Evaluation Research Group, Department of Health Policy and Management

Simulation modeling of Epidemiological Study Designs: Addressing Biases in HIV Infectivity Estimates and Planning an Ebola Vaccine Trial

Dr. Steven Bellan, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Schistosomiasis Consortium for Operational Research and Evaluation – What’s the SCORE?

Dr. Ye Shen, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Dr. Dan Colley, Professor and Director of the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases

Lessons Learned from Chernobyl and Fukushima Field Research in High Radioactively Contaminated Areas Pertinent to Nuclear War Medical Response

The results of 12 UGA field expeditions to high radiation contaminated areas in Ukraine, Belarus, and Ukraine due to the Chernobyl disaster and 6 UGA expeditions to the Radiation Exclusion Zone at Fukushima, Japan.

Dr. Cham Dallas, Director, Institute for Disaster Management