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Norway Bound to Plan New Course with HBV

Published: November 1, 2015
Project Steering Committee in Norway

From left: Carolyn Byrne (Associate Dean and Director of the School of Nursing at McMaster),
Karol Svanøe (Assistant Professor & International Coordinator, Faculty of Health Sciences, HBV
), Andrea Baumann (Director of the Global Health Program), Christy Gombay (Global Health Program Coordinator)

McMaster University and Buskerud & Vestfold University College (HBV) in Norway are working together to enhance education in global health policy, focusing specifically on issues related to Canada's and Norway’s High North.

From October 26-30, 2015, members of McMaster's Project Steering Committee travelled to Vestfold, to discuss the High North Fund Program - McMaster University's joint program with HBV.

Back in March of this year, the partnership was awarded four-year funding from the High North Fund, administered by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), to create a global health course that addresses health policy issues of the High North as relevant to both countries.

The course, which will complement McMaster's existing MSc Global Health program, will teach future global healthcare leaders critical approaches to interrogating policies from all points of view, while providing healthcare leaders located in the circumpolar north with easier access to higher education.

The most recent discussions focused on the development of the new course, in addition to faculty and student exchanges planned for 2016.

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