Office of Global Health
Nursing Students, Faculty Share Stories of Global Impact
Studying strategies to fight HIV in Brazil. Researching HIV care in Liberia. Investigating ways to increase cervical cancer screening in Nigeria. These are just some of the ways UMSON students and faculty spread their reach beyond Baltimore. Read More.
Nurses play a critical in the global health workforce.
The Office of Global Health works to build nursing capacity, strengthen health systems, and improve global health by supporting the UMSON community and our international collaborators as they conduct education, research, and practice.
We strive to build partnerships and create programs that improve population health outcomes and address the professional development and capacity of health care workers. The shared vision of all of our partnerships is to strengthen the visibility, recognition, and value of nurses as leaders.
The Office of Global Health (OGH) emerged from UMSON’s 2003-2006 Strategic Plan, which called on the School to "establish a global health initiative in education, research, and practice." OGH was officially established in 2009 with Jeffrey Johnson, PhD, professor emeritus, as director to lead the School’s effort to integrate and foster global health initiatives, develop meaningful opportunities for students and faculty, and build sustainable partnerships that focus on strengthening the critical role of nurses in the global health workforce. The Office of Global Health is deeply committed to serving local and global communities through the lens of social justice.
Building nursing capacity, strengthening health systems, and improving global health
- Educate nurses to be aware of global health inequity
- Develop local and international partnerships to support the capacity of nurses to improve and strengthen health systems in resource-limited settings
- Build global nursing capacity through increasing access to advanced knowledge and practice
- Provide opportunities for transformational nurse exchanges between countries
- Work to protect the health and safety of nurses and other health care workers by helping to improve their work environment
- Contribute to the global effort for expanding nursing’s leadership role in changing health policies and improving health systems
Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN
Office of Global Health Director Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal, FAAN, is a neonatal nurse practitioner with 25 years of clinical practice experience in maternal child health. Ogbolu previously served as deputy director of the Office of Global Health from 2010. She has served on two Governor's taskforces, the Maryland Infant Mortality Taskforce Epidemiology Group (2011) and as co-lead on Maryland's Taskforce on Cultural Competency (2012-2013). As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar, Ogbolu is conducting research on the adoption of cultural competency standards and policies in local hospitals and their relation to improved patient experiences with care. Under her leadership, the Office of Global Health will continue to advance UMSON’s global health strategic plan by successfully conceptualizing, developing, implementing and maintaining global health educational and programmatic initiatives and partnerships.
Rosemary F. Riel, MAA
Rosemary Riel, MAA, is a 9-year veteran of the Office of Global Health and an applied anthropologist. Her core professional interests focus on gender and race as critical social drivers of unjust health outcomes and the creation of paths to advance the rights/status/power/capabilities of women and girls worldwide. Riel oversees our 12-credit Global Health Certificate program, which culminates in students engaging in global health fieldwork during a 2- to 8-week placement with international and local collaborators. She is dedicated to health equity initiatives targeting prevention, community-based education, and capacity building. Riel sees particular opportunity for using implementation science and participatory methodologies in project design, training, evaluation, and health systems strengthening for nurses. Her goal is to promote cultural humility and cultivate a holistic, global ethic that students can embed within their professional practices caring and advocating for population health. Riel has Peace Corps experience in Nepal and conducted public health research with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Vietnam, Indonesia, and India.
Anne Brenner, JD, BA
Anne Brenner, BA, joined the Office of Global Health in early 2012. She has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and is a former public middle school teacher. Brenner is currently attending the University of Maryland School of Law while working at the School of Nursing. In addition to reception and office management, she facilitates our International Visiting Scholars program and is proud to have welcomed scholars from Korea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, and most recently, China to the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus. Anne also assists the student group Nurses for Global Health in planning and presenting their cornerstone event, the annual spring conference on a topic of current global health significance.