MUSC Global Health Week 2021

Center for Global Health
April 05, 2021
outline of a globe with the words MUSC Global Health Week overlaid and the dates April 12 to 16 2021

Join us during our annual Global Health Week for a series of panels about the global challenges and innovations during COVID-19, and events highlighting cultures from our international students and alumni. This year, we are celebrating the week in an online format to engage with global health champions around the world. All of the events are free, open to the public, and available online.

The Public Health Crisis of War: Global Case Studies

Public Health event

Tuesday, April 13
10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

War and armed conflicts are relentless events, producing devastating effects on the wellbeing of populations, especially the vulnerable. War creates conditions that can have detrimental impacts on public health, population health, and global health, and can threaten future advancements in these areas. War is still not considered a priority public health issue, despite the grave effects on populations. This panel will deliberate the public health crisis of war, highlighting case studies from around the world.

Moderator: John Vena, Ph.D., MUSC


  • Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Ph.D., MUSC: War as a Public Health Priority
  • Isaias Irgau, M.D., FACS, FRCS(Ed), Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery: Tigray, Ethiopia: Global Case Study
    Aissatou Ba, Ph.D. Student, MUSC: Western Africa: Global Case Study
  • Sonicki Zdenko, Ph.D., University of Zagreb: Croatia: Global Case Study
  • Florez Hermes, M.D., Ph.D., MUSC: Experiences from Venezuela and Impact in Latin America
  • Jeff Korte, Ph.D., MUSC: Impact of War on Global Health Endeavors

Sponsored by MUSC Department of Public Health Sciences and MUSC Center for Global Health

Innovations During a Pandemic

Flyer for Innovation event

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Sponsored by MUSC and Clemson

With the onset of COVID-19, healthcare workers, hospitals and industry across the world faced daunting challenges. Some required quick and innovative solutions, and others spurred groundbreaking ideas that have fueled the research and innovation pipeline for years to come. This session features designers, researchers and innovators who have taken on the challenge of COVID-19 needs, and are working to make healthcare workers safer, hospitals more efficient, diagnosis more affordable, and treatment more effective. Panelists will discuss domestic and global needs, solutions and opportunities and put into context the events of the COVID-19 and the phrase “resource poor” as it relates to the U.S. healthcare system.

Moderator: Dr. John Desjardins, Clemson Bioengineering


  • Dr. Jeff Anker, Clemson Chemistry
  • Dr. Julie Marshall, MUSC Division of Population Oral Health
  • Melissa McCullough, Clemson Bioengineering
  • Amanda LeMatty, Clemson Bioengineering student
  • Robert Falconer, Clemson Bioengineering student

A Journey into the Cultural Dances of the Arab World
Raqs Arabi: Lecture-Demo

Dance event flyer

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Celebrate music and dance from the Arabian Peninsula/Raqs Khaliji, the Levant Region/Raqs Shami, North Africa/Raqs Maghrebi and Egypt/Raqs Masri. This virtual lecture-demonstration is hosted by Beena from Charleston, SC with live drumming from guest percussionist, David Metz from Seattle, WA.

Beena was influenced by the Egyptian and Lebanese styles of Arabic dance; both folkloric and classical oriental. She has also studied, performed and presented cultural dances from the Gulf and the Levant. She currently teaches private lessons and group classes in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.

Guest percussionist David Metz is a Graphic Designer and a Sound Engineer. In 2003, David discovered the Arabic Tabla. As an artist and musician, the sounds and rhythms of the Middle East, and the people and cultures from which they arose, reached deep into his heart and stirred a love that has continued growing every day. Since then, he has attended Georges Lammam’s Middle Eastern Music Camp in Mendocino, CA and Karim Nagi’s Arabic Dance Seminar.

Globe-trotting with MUSC International Students: Lebanon, Philippines, and Sri Lanka

Flyer for student event.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Do you miss traveling and learning about different cultures? Join us for this virtual event where MUSC international students will share information about their home countries, including culture, food, languages and healthcare.

  • Amanda Daulagala, College of Graduate Studies
  • Jessa Mae H. Sabate, College of Pharmacy
  • Rose Marie Akiki, College of Graduate Studies/College of Medicine

Keynote Panel: Challenges of Global COVID-19 Vaccination

Flyer for covid panel.

Friday, April 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

In 2020, every corner of the world was suddenly upended due to COVID-19 - a virus that had no regard for borders or wealth. The scientific community has made great progress, working at an unprecedented speed to create multiple effective vaccines. While promising, there are still enormous challenges ahead towards achieving global immunity. Critical bottlenecks such as vaccine hesitancy, supply chain, distribution, and equity must be addressed to accelerate the pace of vaccinations. International experts will discuss these issues and lessons learned from other countries.


Lisa K. Saladin, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
James W. Colbert Endowed Chair
Medical University of South Carolina


Thomas C. Quinn, M.D., MSc
Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, International Health,
Epidemiology and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Director of International Research, NIH


Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics, Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine

Heidi Larson, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science
Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Emmanuel Agogo, MBBS, MSc, MTropMed, DRCOG, FRCGP
Nigeria Country Representative
Resolve To Save Lives (An initiative of Vital Strategies)