Strategy and Mandate

Welcome to the International and Global Health Office

Internationalization and Global Health has emerged as a strategic direction of the Faculty through the creation of an environment that promotes international and global health collaborations and supports initiatives that are aligned with the Faculty’s priorities in education and research. 

The IGHO will have a strong governance model that is aligned with the University’s international strategy as well as clear goals and metrics toward partnership development and a strong communications plan to engage all stakeholders.

The IGHO promotes internationalization at the Faculty of Medicine (FoM) and ensures the sustainability of international partnerships and the Global Health Program through four key areas:

1. Ensure impactful and diverse partnerships

International partnerships are key to ensuring that the Faculty of Medicine is well positioned to become a global leader in multi-disciplinary international collaborations.

Through its new assessment process of all international partnerships, the International and Global Health (IGHO) will ensure that the Faculty identifies key geographic areas and preferred partnerships that align with the strategic directions and values of the Faculty, as well as promote mutually beneficial partnerships, potential revenue generation, social accountability and sustainability.

2. Improve global health locally and abroad

The IGHO is well positioned to lead and support initiatives that will promote the Faculty’s strategic direction toward “Leading Innovation for a Healthier World”.

The role of the Global Health Advisory Committee (GHAC) has recently been revised to aid the Global Health Program (GHP) in achieving its strategic goals and objectives by providing guidance, insight and expertise to enhance current global health programs and to identify new opportunities in the areas of education, research and community engagement.

3. Prioritize our social accountability mandate

The IGHO will ensure that learners and faculty members truly understand the impact they can have on marginalized communities during their international travels as well as within Canada.

4. Empower our learners for global citizenship

The IGHO is dedicated to provide learners and faculty with guidance and support by creating an environment that promotes collaborations.

By introducing an annual symposia focusing on international and global health, the IGHO aims to showcase existing initiatives and encourage further alliances so that our learners feel supported in becoming global citizens.




Comprehensive internationalization is a commitment, confirmed through action, to infuse an international, intercultural, or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education.

Internationalization shapes institutional ethos and values and touches the entire higher education enterprise. It not only affects all of campus life but also the institution’s external frames of reference, partnerships, and relations.

John K. Hudzik, 2011 - Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action (pdf, 192.49 KB)

Global Health

Global health is “an area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global Health emphasizes transnational health issues determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care."

Jeffrey P Koplan,et. al. 2009 - Towards a common definition of global health (The Lancet article).

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