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 Feb. 28, 2017  |  1:00 - 2:30pm  |  Milam Hall, room 119

RESCHEDULED: Corporate Influence on Public Health and Democracy

Public health researchers and advocates have long understood that some individual corporate products, services, and operations influence health. In contrast to focusing on such singular issues, Dr. Wiist will describe the influence of corporations on democratic processes and how that has a broader fundamental effect on public health programs, research and policy. He will make recommendations for public health to address corporate influence.

Dr. Bill Wiist is a retired Professor and Senior Scientist in health policy at Northern Arizona University and a Courtesy Faculty member in Global Health at Oregon State. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, edited a book, and taught graduate courses about the influence of corporations on health policy and democracy, as well as giving many national, international and local presentations about the topic. From 2008 to 2010 he helped start the global health program at the University of Chile’s Salvador Allende School of Public Health in Santiago, Chile. He is a founding member and officer of the Trade & Health Forum of American Public Health Association, a member of the international Working Group on the Primary Prevention of War, which fosters inclusion of the prevention of war in public health curricula. He has conducted grant-funded research and programs on health and religious practices of Buddhists, and on the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, intimate partner and youth violence in community, clinic and school settings among African- American, Latino and Native American communities.

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