GLOBAL HEALTH

This Connected Community is concerned with issues in public health from an interdisciplinary angle, and the relationship between the local relevance of global complex problems. The recent experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought public health to the fore and shown that health challenges are central to modern societies and, by nature, multifaceted. 
 
Public health, by definition, brings together multiple stakeholders, health professionals, policy organisations, government as well as the public. The CC aims to engage with these multiple audiences and develop new learning opportunities, research and evidence-based policy.   
 
The community is led by a group of international experts who are working together on a broad range of topics related to inequalities, public health nutrition, policy development, digital learning and health, amongst others. 
 
The community intends to create a virtual placement scheme and, more broadly, develop a portfolio for student connectedness beyond the traditional designs.  
 
Watch this space for more information on 2023-24 activities and ways to engage. 
Upcoming events

The community will be organising a Student Conference in November 2024. More info coming soon!

How to get involved?

Students and educators: please contact the CC Lead, Prof Debbi Marais - d.marais@warwick.ac.uk or the Warwick Local Facilitator, Dr Mélina Delmas: melina.delmas@warwick.ac.uk.
Connected Community Members
Lead: Debbi Marais (UW). Email: d.marais@warwick.ac.uk

Debbi Marais
Debbi Marais
Debbi is the Director of Postgraduate Education at Warwick Medical School and a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, demonstrating strategic leadership to enhance student learning, with a focus on enhancing teaching quality, establishing effective organisational policies and/or strategies for supporting and promoting others (e.g. through mentoring, coaching) and championing an integrated approach to academic practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in the higher education environment gaining expertise in teaching and assessment (internally and externally) at under- and postgraduate levels; programme and course coordination; quality assurance, curriculum development and reform; student recruitment & selection and mentoring & pastoral care. Debbi originally qualified as a Dietitian and worked in the public sector in South Africa for 8 years. Thereafter she entered academia, at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, University of Aberdeen and is currently at the University of Warwick. As a Chair in Health Sciences Education, Debbi is committed to supporting and promoting innovative teaching, reflective practice and enhancing the student experience. Furthermore, Debbi is a post-doctoral researcher with a focus on Pedagogical and Public Health Nutrition research. She has a proven track record in successfully supervising postgraduate student research (PhD and Masters level) and experience of writing research proposals and securing external funding as part of collaborative teams. Debbi has excellent communication skills as evidenced by her publications, reviewer role and international, national and public engagement presentations in educational, nutrition and public health disciplines. 

Partner: Dragan Ilic (MU). Email: dragan.ilic@monash.edu

Dragan Ilic
Dragan Ilic
Professor Dragan Ilic is the Deputy Head (Education) of the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine (SPHPM). He is also the Director, Teaching & Learning and Head, Medical Education Research & Quality (MERQ) unit at SPHPM. Dragan is responsible for overseeing the education portfolio at the SPHPM, which includes undergraduate, postgraduate and professional education programs. Dragan is internationally recognised for his expertise in evidence-based practice (EBP) and health professions education. He is a board member of the International Society of Evidence-based Health Care (ISEBHC), editorial member of Cochrane Urology and member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professions Educators (ANZAHPE). He sits on a variety of health professions journals, including the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions as Reviews Editor. Dragan also sits on a variety on panels including University affiliated research panels and teaching committees, and NHMRC research panels. He is a previous recipient of the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Exceptional Performance. 

Partner: Göran Bondjers (GU). Email: goran.bondjers@gu.se 
Goran B.
Goran B.
Göran Bondjers is a Senior Professor and Researcher at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Gothenburg. He earned his PhD in 1972 and his MD in 1980. He has been a member and chairman of various boards including APHRC, CARTA and the Board for Health Economics at the University of Gothenburg, and he was the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building in Human Resources for Health and Public Health for several years. He was awarded an honorary professorship by Hanoi Medical University as well as Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg. He has published extensively in the following areas: Vascular biology, Lipoprotein and lipid metabolism, Clinical cardiovascular research, Atherosclerosis research, Nutrition, Management, Public Health including Human Resources for Health, and Reproductive health.
Partner: Tamar Abzhandadze (GU). Email: tamar.abzhandadze@gu.se
Tamar A.
Tamar A.
My professional activities involve both clinical practice and research. As a clinician, I work as a senior occupational therapist and specialist at the Department of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. I have extensive experience of providing in-patient rehabilitation for stroke survivors at this hospital, using evidence-based interventions and assessments. As a researcher, I conduct studies at the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Group at the University of Gothenburg and perform postdoctoral work at the Division of Clinical Geriatrics at Karolinska Institutet. My research areas are stroke and dementia. 
Partner: Sónia Dias (UNL). Email: sonia.dias@ensp.unl.pt 
Sonia D.
Sonia D.
Sónia Dias is Dean and Full Professor at the National School of Public Health - NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal. She has a PhD in International Health. She has developed her scientific activity on health promotion, disease prevention and socio-behavioural sciences, with a particular focus on health inequalities, as well as in evaluation of health interventions and policies. Sónia has vast experience in projects, namely financed by the European Union. She has acted as consultant for several international organizations. She has co-authored 150+ papers in peer-reviewed indexed journals and published several book chapters and books. 
Partner: Philip Anyanwu (UW). Email: philip.anyanwu@warwick.ac.uk

Phil A.
Phil A.
Philip is a Reader in Public Health at Warwick Medical School. He is experienced in developing and delivering public health research and education. His research interests include infectious disease epidemiology, social epidemiology, global health, digital health, and social and public health policy evaluation using big data. He has experience leading and delivering research projects evaluating the mechanism of impact of policies/interventions on antimicrobial stewardship, smoking in adults and children, COVID-19, and the inequalities therein. Some of Philip’s current research involves developing and evaluating digital applications for managing infectious and chronic diseases, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Philip holds a Senior Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy, a recognition of his contributions in advancing student learning development, fostering engagement, enhancing assessment for learning, and contributing to overall student research culture. His scholarship activities include knowledge exchange on evidence-based pedagogic practices in higher education in low and middle-income countries. 

Partner: Koen Putman (VUB). Email: koen.putman@vub.be

Koen Putman is full professor health services research with a background in rehabilitation sciences (MSc, 1993), management and policy in health care (MSc, 1998), PhD in Social Health Sciences (2005) and Health Technology Assessment (MSc, 2017). He is chair of the research group REDM VUB (Research Group on Digital Medicine, VUB) and research director at the Faculty of Medicine and Farmacy (VUB). He was a Fulbright Fellow & BAEF Fellow at the National Rehabilitation Hospital and Georgetown University (2005-2007) involved in international comparative research in orthopedics and neurology and a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham (2008). Koen’s research portfolio consists of health economic evaluation of various screening programs, value based health care evaluations and evaluating the societal costs and return to work using administrative data as well as health economic evaluations in clinical trials.

Partner: Marius-Ionuț Ungureanu (UBB). Email: marius.ungureanu@ubbcluj.ro

Dr. Marius-Ionuț Ungureanu MD, PhD is a medical doctor with extensive training in healthcare management and policy, and a background in health workforce, health systems & public health research. He is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Public Health, and Director of the Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, both within the School of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University (BBU) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He has served in Government in various capacities, including as Advisor to the Health Minister, Chief of Staff to the Health Minister, and  Deputy Health Minister, in the Romanian Ministry of Health. His main areas of expertise are: human resources for health research, policy, and development; leadership & healthcare reform; quality management in healthcare; health services research; primary and community health care; research design; research management. Dr. Ungureanu is a member of European Public Health Association’s (EUPHA) Governing Board, representing BBU’s Department of Public Health, and President of EUPHA's Health Workforce Research Section.