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2019 Midwest Universities for Global Health Conference

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) is your host for the sixth annual Midwest Universities for Global Health conference, Better Together. Join colleagues from more than 20 academic institutions—from Ohio to Iowa, Minnesota to Missouri—to network and learn. Together, we’ll discuss the complexity of global health challenges, share best practices and network with colleagues.

The conference begins Friday, September 13, with a film screening, panel discussion and reception that are free and open to the public. The working session will be from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, with poster presentations, panels and breakout sessions. Throughout the conference, we will connect theory to practice as we consider undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate/medical education, research and service.

You are also invited to share your work during a Saturday poster session. Submit a poster abstract by August 9 to be included.

The conference is presented with support from the Evjue Foundation.

Conference details:

When: Friday, September 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 14, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Primary conference venue: UW-Madison Union South

Pre-conference session: Women in Global Health, Midwest Chapter. Details and registration here.

This page will be updated as details are finalized.

For more information, contact the UW-Madison Global Health Institute at or 608-265-9299.


Registration is closed. Walk-ins will be welcome for Friday’s film and discussion.


UW-Madison Signe Skott Cooper Hall, School of Nursing

5:30-7:30 p.m., “In the Shadow of Ebola”

Film, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Gregg Mitman, UW-Madison; Linda Vakunta, executive director, Project 1808, Sierra Leone and deputy mayor of Madison; Peter Halfmann, UW-Madison Ebola research scientist, and Janis Tupesis, UW emergency physician and GHI Associate Director

A reception follows the panel.

Free and open to the public (registration required)


UW-Madison, Union South

8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Registration fee: $40; student registration, $20. Registration is closed.

7:30 a.m. Check-in and continental breakfast

8:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions

  • Janis Tupesis, UW-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI), MUGH organizer
  • Jonathan Patz, GHI Director
  • Karl Scholz, Provost, UW-Madison

8:30 a.m. The Role of Universities in Global Health

9:00-9:50 a.m. Best Practices in Undergraduate Global Health Programming

  • “An Undergraduate Certificate Program in Global Health: An Overview,” Katie Freeman, UW-Madison
  • “Best Practices for the Safety/Security of Undergraduate Global Health Programs,” James Conway and Rob Machoian, UW-Madison
  • “Promoting Ethics in Undergraduate Student Global Health Work,” Mason Flanagan and Dija Selimi, UW-Madison
  • Panel Discussion, Q & A

10:00-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30-11:30 a.m. “Best Practices in Graduate Global Health Programming”

  • “Curricular Innovations: Mentorship Framework in a Global Health Capstone Course,” Stacey Chamberlain, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • “Best Practices in University-Based Graduate/Professional Global Health Programs,” Christopher Olsen, UW-Madison
  • “Global Health Fellowships: From Theory to Reality,” Brett Handel Patterson, University of Minnesota
  • Panel Discussion, Q & A

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Poster Session/Networking/Lunch

12:15-1:00 p.m. Discussion

  • “Midwestern Universities for Global Health: Past, Present, and Future,” Facilitators—Stephen Hargarten and Tiffany Frazer, Medical College of Wisconsin

1:00-3:00 p.m. Best Practices in Interdisciplinary Global Health Programming

  • “Toward Gender Equity in Global Health Leadership,” Caline Mattar, Washington University
  • “Development of a Center for Global Health Education,” Ashti Doobay-Persaud, Northwestern University
  • “S-PACK/SUGAR: Modular & Modifiable Comprehensive Preparatory Curriculum That Grew From Our Simulation based Curriculum, Online Train the Trainer Model,” Sabrina Butteris, UW-Madison
  • “Creating Partnerships for Interprofessional Service Learning Experiences,” Kevin Wyne and Joel Hill, UW-Madison
  • “Public/Private/Academic Partnerships: A Success Story,” David Gaus, Andean Health and Development
  • “A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Planetary Health, Jonathan Patz, UW-Madison
  • Panel Discussion, Q & A

3:00-3:45 p.m. “Academia: Reform to Increase Your Impact”-Panel Discussion

  • Janis P. Tupesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Janet Lin, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Rob Murphy, Northwestern University
  • More panelists TBA

3:45-4:20 p.m. MUGH: The Way Forward

4:20 p.m. Conclusion

Join us after the conference at the  Memorial Union: Terrace


A statue of Bucky Badger as a band member.


Hotel rooms are reserved for MUGH conference participants at the following locations:

Union South Hotel 1308 W. Dayton Street $150/night Reserve by noon on August 13 Call 608-263-2600, mention group name MUGH, or visit and use group code MUGH19
HotelRED 1501 Monroe Street $189/night Reserve by August 14 Call 608-819-8228 and mention group name MUGH
Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison 2424 University Avenue $127/night Reserve by August 22 Contact Rebecca Warren by phone at 608-233-1651 or by email at



There is parking available at the conference site, Union South. The Union South Garage (Lot 80) is located at 1308 W. Dayton St. Madison, WI 53715. Entrance ticket is dispensed at the gate; payment will take place when you are leaving. Garage is open from 7:00am-12:00 midnight daily. Rates vary by time. Rates vary by time, and parking is limited. Other campus parking options can be found on the campus parking map campus parking map, including the University Avenue Ramp (Lot 20) and Engineering Drive Ramp (Lot 17). Parking availability is found here. We cannot guarantee parking on campus and suggest considering all options, including public transportation.

The city’s State Street Campus Garage is also relatively close; check parking availability here.

Public Transportation

Metro Transit serves the Madison area, including the UW-Madison. Madison Metro Transit System bus schedule and rates. Routes 80 – 84 on the UW campus are free.


Union South is readily available by bicycle and has ample parking for personal bikes. You will also find B-cycle bicycle sharing stations with electric bikes at Union South. B-cycle Madison offers 39 B-cycle stations and 350 bikes throughout central Madison and the UW Campus.

Regional travel

From Milwaukee area:

Badger Bus offers service from Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Airport. Badger Bus schedule and rates. Bus drops off at Memorial Union on Langdon Street, a 15 minute walk or 5 minute car ride from Union South (site of conference).

From Chicago area:

Van Galder Bus offers daily service to Downtown Chicago, O’Hare Airport, Midway Airport, Janesville, Beloit and Rockford. Van Galder bus schedule and rates. Bus drops off at Memorial Union on Langdon Street, a 15 minute walk or 5 minute car ride from Union South (site of conference).

Air Travel

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), Madison:

Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), on Madison’s northeast side, provides regional and national air service to and from Madison. Taxis, Lyft, and Uber are all available upon request at the airport. The Madison Metro Bus “Route 20 – North Transfer Point” has services from the airport to the UW campus. (Madison Metro Transit System bus schedule and rates) The University and North Orchard bus stop is a 4 minute walk from Union South. Click here for transportation instructions from Dane County Regional Airport to Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison. HotelRED provides complimentary airport shuttle services, call 608-819-8228 for details.

Mitchell International Airport (MKE), Milwaukee:

Badger Bus offers daily service from MKE to Madison, see Milwaukee regional travel section above for details and schedule.

O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago:

Van Galder Bus offers daily service from ORD to Madison, see Chicago regional travel section above for details and schedule. Please note that O’Hare to Madison takes 3 hours via bus or car.



Venture down Madison’s iconic State Street for a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and shops. Along the way stop at The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Then make your way to the Wisconsin State Capitol for a free tour to learn a bit more about the state’s history. The area surrounding the capit0l—often referred to as “the square”—has a number of popular, local restaurants. For more information browse the Visit Downtown Madison website.

UW Campus

We have compiled a short list of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus must-dos that are all within a short walk of Union South, the conference venue. Learn more here.

  1. Watch the sunset at Memorial Union Terrace
  2. Browse collections of notable artwork at the Chazen Museum of Art
  3. Go for a walk in the University of Wisconsin – Arboretum
  4. Check out John Muir’s Clockwork Desk at the Wisconsin Historical Society
  5. Get a picture with the Abraham Lincoln statue on Bascom Hill





We hope you can join us September 13 and 14 to network and learn with colleagues from across the Midwest!