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Our Mission

To promote an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.   

Our Values

  • Integrity 
  • Excellence 
  • Mutual respect and human dignity 
  • Diversity and inclusion

Our Goals

  • Education:  Provide opportunities to learners of our university to engage in educational opportunities that focus on inter-professional education, service learning and social determinants of health 
  • Research:  Establish research priorities based on unique strengths of our university and identify potential funding opportunities 
  • Facilitation: Support and facilitate the academic, research, and service goals in Global Health across the University campus 
  • Information:  Provide pertinent information to the global health community of the University of Kentucky and prospective students and faculty 

Our History

Over 50 years ago, the College of Medicine, under the auspices of the first Department of Community Medicine in the United States, initiated a unique international rotation for medical students, introducing the concept of the study of community health problems and solutions through the concept of a community diagnosis project.  Other colleges developed global health experiences for their students in the following years, with the College of Public Health initiating a Graduate Certificate in Global Health for professional and graduate students in 2010, and the College of Medicine creating a Global Health Track for medical students in 2011. Shoulder to Shoulder Global, built on a community relationship in Santo Domingo, Ecuador, was begun in 2007, and has grown into a leading transdisciplinary experience for students of all majors. 

In 2010, the Internationalization Task Force appointed by the Provost issued a White Paper on Internationalization and global education and experiences were included as an important part of the university’s strategic plan.   Thus, the Office of Global Health Initiatives was established.  The Office of Global Health Initiatives continues to support university initiatives through its extensive transdisciplinary focus.  

Samuel C. Matheny, MD, MPH was appointed as the first Assistant Provost for Global Health and the Global Advisory Council (GHAC) was formed. Upon Dr. Matheny’s retirement in 2020, Melody Ryan, PharmD, MPH was selected to be the second Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives.  

Global Health Advisory Council

Subcommittee Heads

Melody Ryan, Professor, Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives (International Center)

Craig Borie, Program Manager, Global Health Initiatives (International Center)

Subcommittee Members

James Ballard, Director, Center for Interprofessional Health Education (Center for Interprofessional Health Education)

Carrie Baker, Clinical Education Coordinator, Department of Athletic Training and Nutrition (College of Health Sciences)

Tim Barnes, Executive Director of International Partnerships and Research (International Center)

Lindsey Fay, Associate Professor of Interiors (College of Design)

Hartley Feld, Assistant Professor of Nursing (College of Nursing)

Joel Hamm, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (College of Medicine)

Clark Kebodeaux, Associate Professor of Pharmacy (College of Pharmacy)

Erin Koch, Associate Professor of Anthropology (College of Arts and Sciences)

Niamh Larson, Executive Director of Education Abroad and Exchanges (International Center)

Ketrell McWhorter, Assistant Professor, Director of Global Health Graduate Certificate (College of Public Health)

Kathleen Montgomery, Associate Professor and Interim Director (Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce)

Brendan O'Farrell, Director of Interprofessional Healthcare Residential College (College of Health Sciences)

Sue Roberts, Associate Provost for Internationalization (International Center)

Sibu Saha, Professor, Program Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Programs (College of Medicine)

Thomas Young, Professor of Pediatrics (College of Medicine)

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Melody Ryan Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives

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Bradley Hall 105

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Craig Borie

Craig Borie Program Manager, Global Health Initiatives

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Bradley Hall 102

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Joel Hamm Assistant Director, Global Health Initiatives

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780 Rose St, M53
(859) 323-5512