Thematic Groups

Center for Global Health

The center’s work is organized into 11 thematic groups that reflect the expertise of our faculty, yet are flexible to allow for interdisciplinary collaboration. As the center grows, we expect the number and names of thematic groups to evolve.

Health Systems Strengthening and Governance

Lead Faculty: Chunhuei Chi

Description forthcoming

Rural and Migrant Workers' Health

Lead Faculty: Marie Harvey and Daniel Lopez-Cevallos 

Faculty research, teaching and outreach activities in this area respond to the challenges rural and migrant communities face worldwide but with a particular focus on Latino Health. Oregon State faculty have expertise in several areas of rural and Latino health, including access to health care, health disparities, discrimination, medical mistrust, occupational health, sexual and reproductive health, health promotion, community engagement and knowledge translation.

Environment and Water

Lead Faculty: Molly Kile

Faculty research, teaching and outreach activities in this area respond to the growing call to address global water and health issues. Oregon State faculty have expertise in several areas of water and health, including evaluating water quality, access to safe water, adequate sanitation and the interaction with hygiene behavior to reduce the burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Global Occupational Health and Safety

Lead Faculty: Anthony Veltri

Faculty research, teaching and outreach activities in this area respond to the growing call to build new and unique occupational safety and health management and technical capabilities in organizations in the United States and abroad. Faculty have considerable experience working closely with Chinese manufacturing organizations to build occupational safety and technical capabilities that are relevant and applicable to Chinese work culture and values. Faculty have expertise in practices in exposure assessment, risk characterization, toxicology and management.

Aging Across the World

Lead Faculty: Carolyn Aldwin

Description forthcoming

Food Security and Community Nutrition

Lead Faculty: Norm Hord

Faculty expertise in nutrition, agriculture, food security and public health have the potential to facilitate research, teaching and outreach activities with supporting organizations to address global food and nutrition issues.

Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health

Lead Faculty: Sunil Khanna

Faculty research, teaching and outreach activities in this area respond to the growing call to address the reproductive and sexual health of adolescents worldwide. Oregon State faculty have expertise in several areas of adolescent reproductive and sexual health, including promoting healthy behavior among adolescents, youth development, school and community-based health promotion and prevention, transition to adulthood, HIV risk behavior, STI prevention among adolescents and supporting organizations to translate available knowledge into practice.

Global Mental Health

Lead Faculty: Jangho Yoon

Mental illness represents the leading cause of disability around the world. Four of the 10 leading causes of disability are mental illnesses and affect 450 million people globally. Economic burden on individuals, their families and society is also enormous. In addition to the social and economic toll, mental illness is often stigmatized and results in discrimination. Resources are scarce, and access to essential effective services remains limited, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The Global Mental Health Group is committed to advancing mental health all over the globe through research, education and service. Activities of this thematic group may include:

  1. Research collaboration that will guide global efforts to reduce the burden of disease, placing priority on improving mental health and achieving equity in mental health for all people worldwide. The research agenda may include:
    1. Mental health policy and planning
    2. Suicide prevention (nearly 1 million people commit suicide globally every year)
    3. Human resources and financing for psychiatric care
    4. Investment in public mental health system
    5. Economics of mental disorders
    6. Cost-effective interventions
    7. Human rights, stigma and discrimination
    8. Mental health as a core part of overall health
    9. Mental health as a core part of human development
  2. Engage individuals interested in increasing their knowledge of research, service and policy related to advancing the global mental health agenda.
  3. Seek global partnership and resources through networking, idea exchanges and knowledge sharing.

Global Health Workforces

Lead Faculty: Kenneth Maes

It is widely recognized that low-income countries suffer from serious shortages in health workforces in the public sector. The health workers who do exist are often under-motivated, under-paid, and over-worked. This thematic group entertains multiple questions, including: How are states and their international donors currently investing in health work forces in low-income countries?  What are the best ways to recruit, train, respect and retain health workers in the public sector in low-income countries?  What different kinds of evidence are needed to guide these policy decisions?

Disability Across the World

Lead Faculty: TBD

Description forthcoming

Women's Health and Gender Inequity

Lead Faculty: Melissa Cheyney and Mehra Shirazi

Faculty research, teaching and outreach activities in this area utilize a social justice lens to respond to health issues created and exacerbated by international, race, gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality-mediated inequalities. Informed by feminist theories and methodologies, faculty and students in this thematic area have expertise in breast health, pregnancy, childbirth, midwifery, breastfeeding, family planning, infant health and intimate partner violence.