Rutgers Global Health Institute Collaborators Network

Our institute serves as a convener and catalyst for global health activity throughout the university, including efforts that emanate from the global health offices and global health-related centers that comprise the Rutgers Global Health Institute Collaborators Network. Throughout this collaborators network – whose members are listed below – global health initiatives encompass all elements of the university’s mission areas of education, research, and service.

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology

Global Health Committee

Committee Chair:
Angelica Diaz-Martinez
Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Department


Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Executive Director:
Michelle Stephens
Professor, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences


New Jersey Medical School

Office of Global Health

Ziad Sifri
Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, Center for Global Surgery

Associate Director:
Harsh Sule
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Office of Global Health

Associate Dean for Global Health:
Karen WeiRu Lin
Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Faculty Advisor, HIPHOP Promise Clinic

Program Manager:
Angela Gitau


School of Communication and Information

Health and Wellness Cluster

Itzhak Yanovitzky
Professor, Department of Communication

Charles Senteio
Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science


School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Office of Global Engagement

Megan Francis

Mark Robson
Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology

Program Coordinator:
Oi Yin Lo


School of Health Professions

Global Affairs

Associate Dean for Global Affairs:
Riva Touger-Decker
Professor, Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions
Professor, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine


School of Nursing

Center for Global Health

Assistant Dean:
Emilia Iwu
Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Nursing Science

Senior Department Administrator:
Shammah Coleman


School of Public Health

Office for Global Programs

Associate Dean for Educational Program Development and Global Programs:
Marian Passannante
Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Program Coordinator:
Christine Oller


Department of Urban-Global Public Health

Leslie M. Kantor
Professor, Department of Urban-Global Public Health

Global Public Health Concentration Director:
Vince Silenzio
Professor, Department of Urban-Global Public Health


School of Social Work

Office of Global Social Work Programs

Rebecca Davis
Associate Professor of Professional Practice



Rutgers Global

Vice President for Global Affairs:
Eric Garfunkel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Physics

Assistant Vice President for Global Affairs:
Ji-Yeung Jang

Assistant Dean for Global Programs:
Johanna Bernstein

Director of Marketing and Communications:
Kathryn Rosko

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