The Center for Global Health is a community of learning and service that brings together faculty, students and staff at Oregon State with alumni and partners around the world to generate knowledge that promotes equitable and sustainable health development solutions globally.

"Making small changes in the big world and big changes in small worlds."

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences founded the Center for Global Health in 2014 with a mission to bring the Oregon State University community to the world, and to bring the world to the Oregon State community. The center serves as a platform to connect faculty and students with a range of international partners to develop innovative approaches to promote equitable population health around the world.

The Center for Global Health facilitates expertise across the OSU community to conduct research, initiate health development programs and projects, and develop innovative education and training programs in collaboration with international partners and communities. Our efforts are especially directed at strengthening the capacity of our partner communities across the world to promote community ownership of equitable and sustainable health development. While the center is focused on health development, our work is founded on an interdisciplinary approach to promote the health and general well-being of our partner communities.

The Center strives to make small changes in the world through collaborative efforts to improve health and well-being around the world. Our partners include non-government organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations, academic institutions, government agencies and UN agencies. At the same time, we commit to making big changes in small worlds through ongoing collaborations with our partners in targeted communities to promote comprehensive development in health and well-being and make major changes over the long term.

Our approach recognizes a responsibility to our global community, while rooting our work in the fundamental rights to human dignity and self-determination.

The Center for Global Health fulfills its mission through five key areas:

  • Conducting collaborative global health development projects and research
  • Training the next generation of leaders and professionals in global health
  • Providing innovative and appropriate technical assistance to the Center’s global partners
  • Participating in multi-way health development programming, education and training with our partners
  • Engaging the OSU community and connecting it with the world in collaborative efforts to promote global health

Tuesday May. 16, 2017  |  4:00 - 5:30pm  | International Living Learning Center (ILLC) Room 155 (Western Boulevard, across from the Lorenz Soccer Field)

Talk for Water 2017: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion of Water “From Farm to Table” in Ethiopia

The Corvallis Sister Cities Association (CSCA) will hold its annual Walk for Water on Saturday, May 20, to support access to clean water in Corvallis’ sister city of Gondar, Ethiopia.  In conjunction, Oregon State University professors and CSCA-Gondar council members are organizing a second annual “Talk for Water.”  This year’s Talk for Water will assemble some of OSU’s faculty and graduate student experts on agriculture, water, politics and society in Ethiopia. Together we will explore the importance of water from farm to table in Ethiopia today. For more information on the Sister City Annual Walk for Water Event, visit

Panel discussants:

- Kassahun Melesse, Assistant Professor, Applied Economics

- Kenny Maes, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

- Yihenew Tesfaye, Doctoral candidate, Anthropology

- Micknai Arefaine, Masters student, Anthropology

Moderated by Larry Becker, Professor, Geography

Co-Sponsors: Corvallis Sister Cities Association—Gondar | OSU Africa Initiative  |  OSU Center for Global Health | OSU School of Language, Culture and Society | OSU Anthropology | OSU Geography Program |  OSU Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program

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Tuesday May. 23, 2017  |  12:00 - 1:00pm  |  Women's Building, room 210

Stigma as a barrier to the treatment of child acute malnutrition in Marsabit County, Kenya

There are many reasons why caregivers may delay or resist obtaining healthcare for an ill child.  In this presentation, Dr. Jessica Bliss will talk about how the stigma around having a malnourished child prevents some families from seeking treatment for moderate and acute malnutrition in a nomadic pastoralist communities in northern Kenya.

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