Global Health

"This is the great new problem of mankind.  We have inherited.. A great 'World House' in which we have to live together - Black and White, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Muslim and Hindu.. Because we can never again live apart, we must learn somehow to live with each other in peace."

-Martin Luther King Jr. (Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community, 1967)


Global health is a concept that focuses attention of inequalities and disparities in health, including health status and access to health services, all with a strong focus on fostering justice and ensuring human rights. It embraces the concept of Global Citizenship.

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry values educating medical students, residents and graduate students on the challenges of global health. To raise awareness within the University of Alberta, the Faculty established the Office of Global Health, directed by Professor David Zakus (zakus@ualberta.ca) and assisted by Dr. Dominic Allain (Dominic.Allain@albertahealthservices.ca).

The Office of Global Health is situated in the Division of Community Engagement and is committed to providing students and faculty with opportunities to increase their exposure to and understanding of world health issues and priorities, and works to develop responses and interventions to deal with them. We focus for education and research. 

Global Health's international and intercultural projects and partnerships contribute to sustainable development for improved health. Our framework encourages local and international education, research and community service for each learner, including faculty members.

Our global health goals include:

  • Educate students, residents and faculty about relevant global and international health topics
  • Global health project development
  • Global health research

The Office of Global Health is part of the Division of Community Engagement along with the Offices of Communty Engaged Research, Indigenous Health, Inner City Health and Rural & Regional Health.