Lecture Series 2022

Schedule and Information

African children pumping clean water

Online for Spring 2022: See schedule below for registration links

The 8th annual Global Public Health Spring 2022 lecture series is open to the public, free, & available for 1 credit to UM Students (PUBH 494.50).  The series features professionals from a variety of the fields that influence public health outcomes around the world. The series runs parallel to the Public Health Seminar Series on Monday's at 2 pm. The series will be delivered via Zoom and attendees must register and will be emailed a link for accessing each lecture. Since it will be recorded and posted, enrolled students may view the videos outside of the scheduled time. The series and each lecture are open to all students and the general public.

The GPH Lecture series is co-sponsored by UM's Global Public Health minor,  UM's School of Public Health, and  UM's Institute of Health & Humanities.

Lecture series schedule with registration links and video recordings
Schedule and Videos




January 24

Emily Mendenhall, PhD, MPH

Professor in Science, Technology, & International Affairs (STIA), Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

"Unmasked: COVID, Community, and the Case of Okoboji" 

 January 31

Mark Nichter, MPH, PhD

Regents Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona

 “Developing a Buruli Ulcer community of practice in Bankim, Cameroon: A model for Neglected and Emerging Disease outreach in Africa”

 February 7

Donna Bainbridge, PT, EdD, AT-Ret

Special Olympics Global Clinical Advisor

Adjunct Instructor, College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, UM 

“The Three-legged Stool:  Special Olympics Strategy to Promote Global Health Equity for People with Intellectual Disabilities”

February 14

Ethan S. Walker, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, 

Center for Population Health Research, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, University of Montana

“Impact of the wood-burning Justa cookstove on household air pollution and cardiometabolic health in rural Honduras"

February 21 

No Lecture 

Presidents's Day Holiday


February 28

Michelle Grocke-Dewey, PhD

Assistant Professor, Community Health, Montana Sate University, 

Health & Wellness Specialist, Montana State University Extension 

 “Building Subjective Well Being Schema Among Ethnic Tibetans”

March 7

Angela Luis, PhD

Associate Professor, Wildlife Biology Program, Department of Ecosystem & Conservation Sciences, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

"How Biodiversity Affects Zoonotic Disease Risk: Hantavirus as a Case Study”

March 14

Mimi Nichter, PhD

Professor Emerita, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona

"Building Capacity for Tobacco Cessation in Indonesia: From Formative Research to Community-Based Interventions"

March 28

Patrick Linn, MPA

Consultant, Logistics Management Institute

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Senegal

MPA - International Development, Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs 

“All That Glitters - Mercury and Gold in the Sahel: Results from an educational and appropriate technology intervention to address mercury exposure among residents of eight artisanal, small-scale mining communities in southeastern Senegal

April 4

Juthika Jayendra Thaker, MHA, BDS

Doctoral Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant, School of Public and Community Health Sciences, The University of Montana

“Engaging Non-Physician Healthcare Personnel in Improving the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates in Montana: A Research Update”

April 11

Tony Banbury,

President and CEO, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)

Former U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Head of UNMEER, the UN’s only emergency health mission

“Lessons from the 2014 Ebola Crisis — And What’s Missing from the International Response to the Covid Pandemic”

April 18

D'Shane Barnett, MS

Director & Health Officer, Missoula City-County Health Department,

Doctoral Candidate, School of Public & Community Health Sciences, The University of Montana

“American Indian Traditional Ceremonial Practices (TCP): Addressing Problem Substance Use in a Multi-tribal Urban Community”

April 25 UM SPCHS MPH Spring Applied Practical Experience Presentations

UM SPCHS MPH Spring Applied Practical Experience Presentations

Alexandria Albers - “Evaluation of All Nations Health Center’s Covid-19 Support Program”

Morgan Miller - “Developing Best Practices for Addressing Extreme Heat in Montana”

Erin Schmitt - “Expanding Specialty Access Care in Rural Libby, MT with Virtual Health Services”

Madalen BieterLete –  “Sexual Health Education for Newly Arriving Teen and Youth Refugees”

Leo John Bird – “Meaningful Community Participation in Health Services Development & Evaluation”

May 2 UM SPCHS MPH Spring Applied Practical Experience Presentations

UM SPCHS MPH Spring Applied Practical Experience Presentations

Steffi Johns - "Preliminary Catalog for Care Coordination in Montana"

Seana Westcarr-Gray  "Montana Environmental Health Association Needs Assessment"

Diane Brown "Research & Evaluation in Practice:  A Look at the Rural Institute’s Work with the MOMS (Montana Obstetrics & Maternal Support) Program"

Sarah Levitsky "Health Information Acquisition During Covid-19 Pandemic in Rural Missoula County"