Global Health

Global Health

Global Health at the CON

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing (CON) is a world leader in the promotion of interdisciplinary global health through education, practice, research, and collaboration.

To promote access to health care for people from any location around the world, the CON is committed to expansion of its research, education and practice programs in global health leadership and primary health care. The CON faculty participate in global collaborative projects between health professions, educational institutions, and other disciplines. The CON also serves as an official delegate and speaker to congresses in both hemispheres.

As the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care, the CON embraces international partnerships, advocates for “Health for All”, and welcomes scholars from around the world. In addition, the CON was recently ranked as the top U.S. nursing program for international students and our alumni have continued on to leadership positions around the world.

To learn more about the CON’s international efforts, please contact its Global Health Leadership Office at ghlo@uic.edu.

Overview, Vision and Strategic Objectives

Global Health Leadership Office

Overview

The CON established the Global Health Leadership Office (GHLO)—formerly the Office for International Studies—to foster international and interdisciplinary health programs. The GHLO functions as a liaison between students and faculty members from other administrative units; provides health-related linkages to educational institutions and agencies internationally and in the U.S.; and serves as a resource for CON’s international students and scholars. 

Vision

The Global Health Leadership Office of the UIC College of Nursing promotes an international approach that emphasizes multidisciplinary collaborations relevant to Primary Health Care (PHC) and international health in the U.S and abroad. The philosophy of the GHLO is that research and PHC programs at the local level are critical components of global health care efforts. The GHLO includes providing opportunities for nurses of all countries to improve the quality of nursing and health care. It is expected that nurses assume positions of leadership in education, practice, research, and policy to ensure the participation of community members in accessible, affordable and essential health care.

Diversity and Participation

"Only through broad and sustained efforts to create a shared future, based upon our common humanity in all its diversity, can globalization be made fully inclusive and equitable," world leaders stated as they unanimously adopted a “United Nations Millennium Declaration” at the conclusion of their Millennium Summit on 8 September 2000.

Equitable access to needed resources for women, children and people of all racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds is an urgent and challenging need, and it is among the foci of the Millennium Development Goals. Around the globe, gender, age, race, physical disability, chronic illness and ethnic or religious affiliations exclude millions of individuals. The efforts toward full-inclusion must be united, but by necessity the steps must take place one person at a time.

Global Health Leadership at the College of Nursing promotes diversity and participation both domestically and internationally, with a focus on primary health care nursing. This priority is reflected in the institutions with which the College of Nursing collaborates, the populations its programs serve, and its goal of supporting nurses of all backgrounds. Criteria for PHC include: equity, accessibility, acceptability, availability of resources, social participation, intersectoral community action, cultural sensitivity, and essential health areas.

Strategic Objectives

The UIC College of Nursing has identified the following Global Health Leadership objectives:

  1. To enhance the abilities of nurses worldwide to advance Health for All (HFA) goals (Declaration of Alma Ata) both globally and in their home communities, and to advance the UN Millennium Development Goals.
  2. To provide educational experiences for nurses from countries outside the USA that enables them to develop sound, culturally sensitive nursing resources in their home countries.
  3. To provide opportunities for all students in the College of Nursing to acquire a global perspective on matters of health and nursing.
  4. To prepare nurses for interdisciplinary leadership in global health.
  5. To facilitate faculty international outreach and collaboration on professional matters of common interest, including research, service and educational programs.

To support/prepare/guide faculty to function in a global health environment.

PAHO/WHO

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre For International Nursing Development In Primary Health Care

Overview and History

In June of 1986, the UIC College of Nursing became the first World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in Nursing and Midwifery. A Collaborating Centre is "an institution designated by the WHO Director-General to form part of an international collaborative network carrying out activities in support of the organization's program at all levels."

Building upon a growing commitment to CON’s international nursing development and the expansion of its program for international activities, designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre signified the CON’s commitment to contribute to WHO programs. It also solidified CON’s tenure as a top-ranked nursing program and its goals of development and promotion of nursing all through primary health care.

In keeping with the mission of the UIC, the CON has pledged its leadership to the creation of a network of nursing educational institutions oriented to primary health care and its support of nursing leadership capabilities of other countries as to effect the changes required in nursing practice, research, education, and service. The CON's designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre was renewed in 1992, 1996, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015.

The WHO Collaborating Centre serves as a resource to nurses around the world. Collaborating Centre staff continually work with WHO to promote technical cooperation among countries, to develop and share educational materials, to disseminate information, and to initiate collaborative nursing research projects of regional and international significance.

The PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care is one of over 40 Centres worldwide that make up the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development. Each Collaborating Centre has a set of Terms of Reference (TOR) and a plan of work that has been agreed with WHO to contribute to its program and goals. The UIC CON designation as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care includes collaboration in activities related to development of nursing education, practice, research, and leadership to strengthen human resources for health and promote innovative primary health care practices.

The designation of the CON as a WHO Collaborating Centre indicates the CON's "scientific and technical standing" at national and international levels, and the high "quality of its scientific and technical leadership" in nursing, two criteria which the World Health Organization (WHO) uses in the selection of institutions as Collaborating Centres. 

UIC Designation

The CON's designation as the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care has been reviewed and renewed every four years since 1986. The most recent renewal was in 2015 to 2019. As part of the re-designation process, all WHOCCs submit their plan of work to address respective Terms of Reference (TOR). A TOR is a brief statement of the nature of activity that the WHOCC will undertake during its current four year designation as a WHOCC.

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) for PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care

TOR 1

To collaborate with PAHO/WHO in the dissemination PAHO of WHO/Primary Health Care program-based research findings and best practices to address Millennium Development Goals among policy makers, health care providers and consumers.

TOR 2

To collaborate with PAHO/WHO in the facilitation of multidisciplinary research focused on primary health care, education and practice with special emphasis on capacity building of nursing human resources.

TOR 3

To collaborate with PAHO/WHO in developing education mechanisms in developing nursing and other human resources for the health of multidisciplinary global PHC practice, education and research within the PAHO region.

What is Primary Health Care (PHC)?

Declaration of Alma-Ata

In 1978, delegates of the International Conference on Primary Health Care (Alma-Ata, USSR, 6-12 September 1978) issued a declaration stating that “Primary health care is essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination.” The PHC approach has since been adopted by the World Health Organization. To read the full declaration, please visit: www.who.int/publications/almaata_declaration_en.pdf.

Global Network

Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing/midwifery Development

Overview and History

The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCCs) for Nursing and Midwifery Development is an independent, international, non-profit, voluntary organization comprising the worldwide WHOCCs as its members. At its core, the membership includes internationally renowned nursing and midwifery leaders underlining the significance of this expert group.

In a 1987 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, representatives of the UIC College of Nursing met with colleagues from other WHO Collaborating Centres to form the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development. Over 40 such Collaborating Centres are located worldwide. More information about the Global Network is available at the link above. An updated, downloadable PDF listing of the centers is available through this link: www.parlatore.com.br/whocc/information_summary.pdf.

Since its inception, the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development has worked in partnership with WHO and its member states, non-nursing WHO Collaborating Centres, non-governmental organizations, and others interested in promoting the health of populations. For the first seven years of the Global Network's existence (1987-1994), the UIC College of Nursing served as the Secretariat for the Global Network. The early history of the Global Network can be found in two publications:

  • Kim, Mi Ja (1996). Primary Health Care: Nurses Lead the Way. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing: Washington, DC.
  • McElmurry, Beverly J., Norr, Kathleen F., & Parker, Randy S. (Eds.) (1993). Women's Health and Development: A Global Challenge. Jones & Bartlett: Boston, MA.

Chart of Members
Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery

2012 Global Network Conference Delegates – Kobe, Japan
2012 Global Network Conference Delegates – Kobe, Japan (source)

Secretariat

The Secretariat for the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing/Midwifery Development is elected from amongst the member Collaborating Centres for a predetermined period and coordinates and fosters collaborative efforts between the member Centres. UIC College of Nursing is proud to have served as the first Secretariat of the Global Network from 1988-1994.

The current Secretariat is University of Technology, Sydney (Australia).

Pan American

Pan American Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres (PANMCC)

Overview and History

The Pan American Network of Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centers (PANMCC) is a network of Nursing and Midwifery WHO Collaborating Centres based in the Americas (WHO AMRO Region) and focused on fostering partnerships and advancing nursing and midwifery within the region. 

In 1993, the 11 designated WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development in the Region of the Americas established a regional association that meets annually to strengthen nursing goals and activities specific to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) agenda. Now numbering 20 WHOCCs, the organization is known as the Pan American Network of Nursing and Midwifery WHO Collaborating Centres (PANMCC). Its mission is to advance the global cause of Health for All by cooperative actions among the WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development within the PAHO Region.

2012 PANMCC Conference Delegates – Miami, Florida, USA
2012 PANMCC Conference Delegates – Miami, Florida, USA

Partnerships & Global Efforts

Partnerships & Global Efforts

Current Memoranda of Understanding

The GHLO facilitates partnerships between the UIC College of Nursing and institutions around the world to advance nursing education and research with a global focus. For the majority of these partnerships, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is established at the institutional/university level, while the relationship itself is built at the college level. Of the current UIC MOUs, the College of Nursing has established MOUs with the following institutions.

Country Institution
Australia Queensland Health
University of Western Sydney
Brazil University of São Paulo
Bahrain College of Health Sciences
Chile Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
China Maryknoll China Service Project
Shandong University
Peking Medical College/School of Nursing (In Process)
Colombia Universidad del Valle
Ecuador State University of Milagro
India Bel-Air College of Nursing
Japan St. Luke's College of Nursing
University of Tsukuba
Republic of Korea
(South Korea)
Kyung Hee University
Pusan National University
Seoul National University
Yonsei University Health System
Malawi The University of Malawi
Mexico Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Sweden Karolinska Institutet
Taiwan Chang Gung University
Tanzania Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
Thailand Chiang Mai University
Ministry of Public Health
Rwanda Rwamagana School of Nursing and Midwifery 
United Kingdom University of Ulster 

Haiti

The nonprofit medical group, Little By Little, was founded by Sue Walsh to help with some of the overwhelming medical needs in Haiti. Every two years Sue leads a group of nurse practitioners, physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists and students to a rural clinic in the mountains near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The team treats more than 200 patients per day over the course of a week.

India

Bel-Air College of Nursing
Panchgani, Maharashtra, India

2011 Convocation Ceremony with UIC & Bel-Air Faculty
2011 Convocation Ceremony with UIC & Bel-Air Faculty

First BSN Graduating Class
First BSN Graduating Class

Sr. Lourdu Mary Nagothu, Principal, Bel-Air College with Dr. Tonda Hughes, Executive Director, UIC CON Global Health Leadership Office, at first International Conference on Nursing Education hosted by Bel-Air
Sr. Lourdu Mary Nagothu, Principal, Bel-Air College with Dr. Tonda Hughes, Executive Director, UIC CON Global Health Leadership Office, at first International Conference on Nursing Education hosted by Bel-Air

The partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) and the Bel-Air College of Nursing, Maharashtra State, India, has roots going back to 2004. At that time, the Global Health Leadership Office of the UIC CON was approached by Professor Emeritus Minu Patel and Dr. Mehroo Patel about helping to develop a baccalaureate nursing program at Bel-Air Hospital, one of the only hospitals in India that specialized in the care of persons with HIV and their families. Because of the extreme stigma associated with HIV disease, most hospitals refused to admit patients known to carry the virus, and most nurses were not educated in HIV/AIDS care.

To address this gap, Bel-Air Hospital was established in the mountains of Panchgani to offer specialty care for those living with HIV. However, an educational institution associated with the Hospital was needed to prepare nurses to deliver this care. Two CON personnel traveled to India in 2005 to study the feasibility of developing such an institution of higher learning. This collaboration led to the establishment of the Bel-Air College of Nursing. Opening its doors in 2006, Bel-Air College of Nursing is operated with the support of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, the Indian Red Cross Society, the Bel-Air Benefit Foundation and the Minu K. and Mehroo M. Patel Endowment Fund for Nursing Advancement in India at University of Illinois Foundation. Curricular development, library resources, and faculty exchange and development education are among the areas supported by this collaboration.

In Spring 2013, Bel-Air College of Nursing graduated its third cohort of 40 nursing students with their baccalaureate degrees. Nursing graduates are committed to work as full-time staff nurses at Bel-Air Hospital and affiliated institutions for the following two years after graduation. Ever forward thinking, the administrators of Bel-Air College visited UIC CON to begin planning for a Master’s degree program in Medical-Surgical Nursing with a Sub-Specialty in HIV/AIDS Nursing. Again, the CON Global Health Leadership Office responded with curricular development support, and collaborated to draft a program plan with detailed course outlines, which was approved by the Indian Nursing Council and Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik. The new Master’s curriculum will be the first of its kind in India, and will serve as the standardized curriculum to be used by any Indian college of nursing that establishes a Master’s degree with an HIV/AIDS Nursing Sub-Specialty.

With continued support from the Bel-Air Benefit Foundation and the Minu K. and Mehroo M. Patel Endowment Fund for Nursing Advancement in India at the University of Illinois Foundation, three UIC faculty members traveled to India in Spring 2013. Their goal was to continue to support faculty development for nursing leadership and to assist faculty in identifying small research projects that they can initiate and later invite their Master’s students to participate. They also engaged and mentored the Bel-Air faculty in fleshing out the content and teaching modalities of the new HIV/AIDS Master’s learning modules. Professor Patel and Dr. Patel have made repeated trips to Bel-Air for faculty development in the use of biostatistics, to help prepare faculty to engage in the research process themselves, and to prepare them to teach their first cohort of Master’s students, who will arrive in August 2013.

Bel-Air’s baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and other nurses from all over India, will be able to enroll in the new Master’s program, which will grant a degree from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. In the near future, it is expected that the Master’s program will be expanded to prepare nurse practitioners; this being a cadre of health care providers as yet unknown in India. This will enable nursing to extend access to high quality health care beyond what is currently available, with the hope of improving health for the people of India.

Solheim, K. & Marks, B. (2005). Feasibility study report : Advancing nursing education at Bel-Air Hospital (pdf). The Global Health Leadership Office / WHO Collaborating Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Mama, Arnavaz S. Enhancing Nursing: A New Structure on the Bel-Air Campus Will No House Its College of Nursing (pdf).

Bel-Air Video:

 

Indonesia

AIDS International Training & Research Program (AITRP) Program

Indonesia is one of four countries that partner with the UIC AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) at UIC. Drs. Judith Levy (UIC SPH) and Kathleen Norr (UIC CON) direct the program which draws upon participating faculty from both CON and SPH.

Malawi

Kamuzu College of Nursing

The Centre of Excellence in Nursing, Midwifery and Health Sciences Research, located within the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) at the University of Malawi, was initiated by Dr. Chrissie P. N. Kaponda, a graduate of the UIC College of Nursing doctoral program. The KCN Research Center collaborates with the UIC CON’s WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care on a number of projects.

Mobilizing Health Workers in Malawi Initiative

A rural project which uses the Mzake ndi Mzake (Friend to Friend) peer group intervention to mobilize rural health workers for HIV prevention.

Malawi is also one of four countries that partner with the UIC AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) at UIC. Drs. Judith Levy (UIC SPH) and Kathleen Norr (UIC CON) direct the program which draws upon participating faculty from both CON and SPH.

Building AIDS Research Training through the UIC AITRP in Malawi

Building upon research relationships established through the UIC-AITRP, Dr. Kaponda (Malawi P.I.) and Dr. Judith Levy (U.S. P.I.) received funding from the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to establish an AIDS Research Program within the Center for Nursing Research at KCN. The award for “Building AIDS Research Training through the UIC AITRP in Malawi” comes from the NIH's Partnership with Africa Initiative. The grant matches seasoned researchers with young investigators to build research capacity, support staffing, establish a small HIV/AIDS library and basic infrastructure services, and provide funding for three HIV/AIDS pilot community-based studies.

Rwanda

Ministry of Health – Human Resources for Health Program

Dean Terri E. Weaver, UIC CON, and President Bill Clinton
Dean Terri E. Weaver, UIC CON, and President Bill Clinton

The UIC is one of five U.S. nursing schools selected to participate in the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program, whose goal is to improve nursing and midwifery, health management and medical education, along with human resources, in the small African nation. Seven faculty members left for Rwanda for one year in August, 2012, and a total of 9 faculty will begin their tenure in Rwanda starting August 2013. Similar numbers of faculty will be recruited for each of the following five years.

Rwanda, a nation of 11.7 million people, is facing a severe shortage of highly qualified physicians, nurses, midwives and other health care workers. The Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program is believed to be the largest cooperative global health effort ever undertaken between universities in the developed and developing world. In addition to the five nursing colleges, twelve U.S. medical schools and one school of public health will also lend their assistance. The U.S. schools are expected to send nearly 100 faculty members annually for the next seven years.

The program aims to “position the country to sustain the improved health workforce on its own, without foreign aid,” according to the Rwandan Ministry of Health’s website. Rwandan faculty and clinicians in university colleges of medicine, nursing and midwifery, public health, and in clinical teaching hospitals will work with their U.S. counterparts to strengthen and expand Rwanda’s health professional curriculum and capacity. A coordinated approach is intended to “upgrade medical and nursing professions in a comprehensive way, according to a national government plan,” according to the Ministry.

Mi Ja Kim, UIC Rwanda Program Director, with UIC CON faculty member, Jeff Williams, and his Rwandan partners, Christine Uwineza and Narcisse Renhazo
Mi Ja Kim, UIC Rwanda Program Director, with UIC CON faculty member, Jeff Williams, and his Rwandan partners, Christine Uwineza and Narcisse Renhazo. Jeff Williams was assigned to the Accident/Emergency Department of Central University Hospital of Kigali/Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) as Trauma Nurse Mentor.

The UIC faculty members will be teaching and mentoring Rwandan nurses and midwives in the seven nursing schools located throughout the country. The UIC contingent includes four Nurse Educators serving as the Partner to the Dean, Advisors to School Directors, and as the Professional Standards Advisor; as well as three Nurse Mentors in critical care, emergency/trauma care, and in midwifery.

The Rwandan Ministry of Health will coordinate the program while control will remain with the Rwandan government. The Clinton Health Access Initiative, a global health organization founded by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, has led the efforts to coordinate the U.S. academic institutions (Source).

Binagwaho A, Kyamanywa P, Farmer PE, Nuthulaganti T, Umubyeyi B, et al. (2013) The human resources for health program in Rwanda–new partnership (pdf). N Engl J Med 369: 2054–2059.

Visiting International Scholars

Visiting International Scholars

As part of its Global Health Leadership philosophy, the College of Nursing (CON) seeks to provide the opportunity for nurses from any country to advance nursing leadership and health care. Such nurses are prepared to use their positions in education, practice and research to ensure the health of the public. The CON provides both pre- and post- doctoral fellowship opportunities for international visiting scholars and the GHLO facilitates the process regarding program acceptance, visas, travel, orientation and life in Chicago. To date, we have hosted over 730 visiting scholars from forty countries from six continents.

Please contact GHLO to inquire about specific program needs and costs.

UIC CON and Kyung Hee University (South Korea) undergraduate students participating in 2014 Summer Exchange Program.
UIC CON and Kyung Hee University (South Korea) undergraduate students participating in 2014 Summer Exchange Program.

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

Individual Visiting Scholars have a scheduled period of time to work intensively with designated CON faculty, audit classes and/or obtain related experiences. The CON invites international nurse scholars who seek consultation, observation and collaboration. The following guidelines have been developed with the recognition that each visit from an international scholar is unique. Students who are enrolled in UIC degree programs are not a part of the following policies.

Visiting Scholars are generally well-established, nursing leaders in their respective countries, and include faculty, heads of governmental agencies, administrators of hospitals and other community-based health services.

  1. Visiting Scholars are funded, entirely or partially, by their employers or one of their governmental agencies
  2. Visiting Scholars must be proficient in reading and writing English but are not always proficient at conversing in English.
  3. Visiting Scholars often have educational objectives while at the CON that consist of auditing classes and observing clinical experiences. When experiences are planned for these students, their English speaking ability is considered.

International scholars who request a period of study at the UIC CON are approved on the following terms.

  1. The department in which they wish to study or conduct research approves the plan in advance.
  2. The department has the resources necessary to provide a satisfactory study experience.
  3. The international applicant has adequate English skills (verbal and written) to allow her/him to function with a fair degree of independence.
  4. The scholar understands that no academic credit can be granted.

A visitor's schedule is intensive and has a pre-defined goal and often visitors wish to meet with faculty and administrators within their particular focus or area of expertise. For example, a visitor interested in curriculum development might meet with the members of the Curriculum Committee and/or coordinators of a particular specialty area. Visitors to the CON should contact the GHLO and determine, prior to their visit, which research consultation or collaborations will work and which staff to contact.

Visiting Students

Visiting Students

NOTE: This section does not apply to UIC degree programs. International students interested in obtaining a degree from UIC CON should see the section on International Students.

Students who are enrolled in a degree-program in their home country may be eligible for a pre- or post-doctoral program at the UIC CON under similar conditions as Visiting Scholars. These short-term programs allow students to supplement their current degree program with an international experience and develop leadership skills.  In addition, the UIC’s Office for International Affairs coordinates a Student Exchange Program with partner schools throughout the world, which allows eligible students to complete an academic term abroad.

International Students

International Students

Each year, the College of Nursing welcomes students from around the world. The GHLO facilitates the new life and lifestyle for these students arriving in the U.S. and to the UIC. The ongoing presence of international students creates a vibrant atmosphere and a unique perspective to the CON’s global commitment. 

Ohlson, Onoda, McElmurry, and AILD Scholarship Recipients at CON’s Annual World Health Day, 2014.
Ohlson, Onoda, McElmurry, and AILD Scholarship Recipients at CON’s Annual World Health Day, 2014.

International Applicants

International Applicants

International applicants must meet additional admissions requirements, including prior education evaluation and English proficiency. Please see the “International Applicant” section under the specific CON degree programs.

International applicants are evaluated on the basis of multiple indicators of ability. Evidence of past leadership, research, and ability to communicate in English are the top three determinants. Of significant importance to applicants with basic nursing preparation outside of the U.S. is 1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
2) credentials evaluations and 3) student visa.

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Thai New Year (Songkran) Celebration.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Prior to consideration of admission to any College of Nursing degree programs, international applicants for whom English is a second language must take the TOEFL unless the applicant has successfully completed a minimum of two academic years of full-time study at a secondary school or college/university in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada (except Quebec), Australia, or New Zealand immediately prior to the proposed date of enrollment at the CON.

For international students, the TOEFL examination is offered throughout the world at various times during the year. Information about the exam can be obtained at a university or the U.S. Embassy in the student’s resident country.

A minimum score is required for students applying for entry into both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Degree students need a working knowledge of English and intensive English study may be required before enrollment. Information about the UIC's Tutorium in Intensive English is available upon request.

Credentials Evaluations

The UIC CON application instructions require that all transcripts and documents from all post-secondary schools be translated into English. Additionally, you must request, 1) the Full Education Course- by-Course Report, and 2) the Validation of Registration/License prepared by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

Be sure to follow the CGFNS instructions carefully. The credential evaluation process may require 4 - 6 weeks. Plan to submit your credentials well in advance of the published deadlines. Please note: reports from international credential evaluation services will not be accepted.

Admitted Students

As part of the admissions process, international students provide proof of sufficient funding in order to finalize the US visa process. In addition, students on a visa permitting academic studies have specific requirements to maintain while enrolled in a UIC program. GHLO works with the UIC Office of International Services (OIS) to facilitate the process for our international students.

UIC Office of International Services

UIC Office of International Services

The purpose of the UIC Office of International Services is to provide international students, scholars, faculty and staff at UIC with a variety of services. All non-immigrant students, scholars, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the office within the first week of arrival at UIC. OIS processes all requests for Visas that enable students to come to the U.S. for study. The applicant must furnish documentation of financial support which will be available during the period of study. Applicants requiring an F-1 or J-1 Visa must apply as full-time, degree-seeking students. Applicants admitted to UIC will receive written notification and an official document (I-20 or DS-2019) to be presented when requesting their Visa to enter the U.S.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Continue to the UIC Study Abroad Office.

Endowments & Scholarships

Endowments & Scholarships

Virginia M. Ohlson International Studies Endowment

The Ohlson Endowment provides funds to advance the significant work in international studies begun by Dr. Virginia M. Ohlson at the UIC College of Nursing (CON). These funds enable the CON to award scholarships to exceptional international students, bring renowned lecturers in international health care to the CON, and to enhance the CON's contribution to international nursing through its role as the PAHO / WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care.

International studies in nursing provide the opportunity for nurses from many countries to achieve the quality of nursing education that enables them to make significant contributions in meeting the health and development goals of their respective nations. When nurses are adequately prepared, they can assume leadership in planning community health services, managing community health centers, providing primary health care, and administering day to day services to individuals and families in their respective countries and globally.

Virginia M. Ohlson Scholarship Awardees

2015
Yoo Mi Jeong, South Korea
Minkyung Kang, South Korea
Sujeong Kim, South Korea
Veronica Kuritzky, USA
Meenhye Lee, South Korea
Keke Lin, China
A-Ri Min, South Korea
Minsun Park, South Korea
Yvonne Oldaker, USA
Bingqian Zhu, China
2014
Patcharee Jaigarun, Thailand
Martha Kamanga, Malawi
Meenhye Lee, South Korea
Jiwon Oh, South Korea
Aree Saengratsamee, Thailand
2013
Hyejeong Hong, South Korea
Diana Jere, Malawi
Chia-Kuei Lee, Taiwan
Hyunjoo Na, South Korea
Sohyun Park, South Korea
Shakuntala Shrestha, Nepal
Jongwon Yoo, South Korea
2012
Shakuntala Shrestha, Nepal
Keiko Sugimoto, Japan
Sri Yona, Indonesia
2011
Theerarat Boonkuna, Thailand
Wannaporn Boonpleng, Thailand
Chia-Kuei Lee, Taiwan
Yi-Ching Li, Taiwan
Hanjong Park, South Korea
Natthananporn Sanguanklin, Thailand
2010
Diana Jere, Malawi
2009
Theerarat Boonkuna, Thailand
Yi Ching Li, Taiwan
Agung Waluyo, Indonesia
Boontuan Wattanakul, Thailand
Hanjong Park, South Korea
2008
Wannaporn Boonpleng, Thailand
Seonah Lee, Korea
Ornwanya Poomsrikaew, Thailand
Nusara Prasertsri, Thailand
Daravan Rongmuang, Thailand
Yoko Shimpuku, Japan
2007
Min Ju Kim, South Korea
Kyung Hee Lee, South Korea
Srisuda Ngamkham, Thailand
2006
Gusamalee Chaimung, Thailand
Poolsuk Janepanish, Thailand
Suk Yung Ju, South Korea
Rieko Kishi, Japan
Shin-Young Lee, South Korea
2005
Clara Chipeta, Malawi
Younhee Jeong, South Korea
Juan Juan Lee, Taiwan
Sunanta Thongpat, Thailand
Pei-Yun Tsai, Taiwan
2004
Ellen Mbweza, Malawi
Phanida Pikkasame, Thailand
Amnuayporn Rasamimari, Thailand
Vipavee Thongpriwan, Thailand
2003
YiFang (Yvonne) Hsiung, Taiwan
Hyeonkyeong Lee, South Korea
Miyoko Nagae, Japan
Kaoru Watanabe, Japan
2002
Rangsiman Soonthornchaiya, Thailand
Phanida Pikkasame, Thailand
2001
Rosina Cianelli, Chile
Chi-Ho Hsu, Taiwan
Amnuayporn Rasamimari, Thailand
2000
Nanthaphan Chinlumprasert, Thailand
Hyang-In Cho, South Korea
1999
Seijeoung Kim, South Korea
Suparat Wangsrikhun, Thailand
1998
Laila Gulzar, Pakistan
Miyoko Matsuo, Japan
1997
Wen-Yin Chang, Taiwan
Towako Katsuno, Japan
1996
Eui Geum Kim, South Korea
Kee Joung Park, South Korea
1995
Jehad Halabi, Jordan
Shu Fen Kao, Taiwan
1994
Gladys Canaval, Colombia
OiSaeng Hong, South Korea
1993
Chrissie Kaponda, Malawi
Junko Tashiro, Japan
1992
Yajai Sitthimimongkal, Thailand
Lih-Fen Wu, Taiwan
1991
Kaoru Watanabe, Japan
 

About Virginia M. Ohlson

Photo of Virginia OhlsonDr. Virginia Ohlson devoted her life to providing professional nursing education and service around the world. In 1991, Dr. Ohlson was awarded the Third Class, Butterfly - Order of the Precious Crown, by His Imperial Majesty, The Emperor of Japan, in recognition of meritorious service to the Japanese people. Dr. Ohlson was the first nurse, and the first non-Japanese citizen to receive this very prestigious honor.

She was a long time mentor, colleague and friend to the faculty and students of the UIC College of Nursing. Dr. Ohlson died of natural causes on Saturday, April 10, 2010. She was 95.

In 2004, a publication devoted to the life of Dr. Ohlson was written by Sugino Ohishi. It is currently available only in Japanese.

Chieko Onoda Endowed Scholarship Fund

Ms. Chieko Onoda, a valued colleague of the faculty and students of the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing, has been an extraordinary mentor of international students. In recognition of her many contributions and her retirement in the year 2000, an endowed scholarship was established in her honor.

Chieko Onoda Scholarship Awardees

2015
Jinsun Baek, South Korea
Seung Eun Lee, South Korea
2014
Jongwon Yoo, South Korea
Haeyoung Min, South Korea
2013
Paveenapat Nithitantiwat, Thailand
Phichpraorn Youngchaeron, Thailand
2012
Chia-Kuei Lee, Taiwan
2011
Keiko Sugimoto, Japan
2010
Chia-Kuei Lee, Taiwan
2009
Seonah Lee, South Korea
Daravan Rongmuang, Thailand
Kyung Hee Lee, Korea
Yoko Shimpuku, Japan
2008
Gusumalee Chaimung, Thailand
Y-Fang Hsiung, Taiwan
Min Ju Kim, South Korea
Srisuda Ngamkham, Thailand
2007
Poolsuk Janepanish, Thailand
Annie Lee, Taiwan
Shin Young Lee, South Korea
2006
Vipavee Thongpriwan, Thailand
Pei-Yun Tsai, Taiwan
2005
Rieko Kishi, Japan
2004
Miyoko Nagae, Japan
2003
Amnuayporn Rasamimari, Thailand
Rangsiman Soonthornchaiya, Thailand
2002
Li-Chuan (Christina) Hung, Taiwan
Suparat Wangsrikhun, Thailand
2001
Seijeoung Kim, South Kore
 

About Chieko Onoda

Photo of Chieko OnodaThere are so many ways that Ms. Onoda has left her mark on the nursing profession. A graduate of the Cook County School of Nursing in 1947, Ms. Onoda has been tireless in her efforts to help others. She worked for many years as a school nurse in Northwest Indiana. In 1972, at a stage in life where most people might consider themselves "settled" in their careers, Ms. Onoda had gone back to school and graduated from the University of Colorado as one of the first pediatric nurse practitioners in the U.S. In her international travels, she has written extensively on the role of the pediatric nurse practitioner in furthering the health of children.

We at the Global Health Leadership Office are most grateful to Ms. Onoda for her work with the international students who have studied with us. Time and again, she has reached out to welcome scholars who found themselves in a foreign culture far from home. As a mentor, teacher, and nurturer, Ms. Onoda has made a significant contribution to the success of the UIC College of Nursing students.

Beverly J. McElmurry Scholarship Fund

The Beverly J. McElmurry Scholarship Fund was established for doctoral students in 2005. The impetus for the fund's creation came from UIC staff and students (both current and former) who believe in the necessity of recognizing and encouraging global health research. Beverly McElmurry's unflagging commitment to primary health care, both locally and globally, and the many dedicated scholars who have contributed to this field stand as the inspiration for this fund, and for future research and leadership. Candidates for this award:

  • Are enrolled as a PhD candidate in nursing sciences at the UIC CON;
  • Participate in campus or college extracurricular activities;
  • Have a past record of nursing leadership;
  • Show strong evidence of research focus appropriate to global and/or primary health care; and
  • Intend to continue in global health research.

McElmurry Scholarship Awardees

2015
Patcharee Jaigarun, Thailand
Martha Kamanga, Malawi
Haeyoung Min, South Korea
Aree Saengratsamee, Thailand
2014
Phichpraorn Youngcharoen, Thailand
2013
Natthananporn Sanguanklin, Thailand
Lisa Wangerien, USA
Sri Yona, Indonesia
2012
Diana Jere, Malawi
Paveenapat Nithitantiwat, Thailand
2011
Jen’nea Sumo, USA
Boontuan Wattanakul, Thailand
2010 + 2009
International Scholars Scientific Writing Program
2006
Ellen Mbweza, Malawi
 

About Beverly McElmurry

Beverly J. McElmurry, EdD, RN, FAAN, was a Professor in Public Health Nursing and Associate Dean of the UIC Global Health Leadership Office, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care (PHC) since 1987. Dr. McElmurry passed away on May 14, 2010.

She was a faculty member in the Graduate Concentration in Women's Health since the 1980's and served as co-director for the UIC AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) focused in Chile, China, Indonesia and Malawi. Dr. McElmurry developed ties to a strong network of international nurse-researchers dedicated to promoting a leadership role for nursing in PHC and to nursing research toward the goal of Health for All. From 1995 to 2007, Dr. McElmurry was also the director of the UIC Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Program (NIH, FIC) and the College's Primary Health Care Research Training Program (NIH, NINR).

Dr. McElmurry pioneered the College's implementation of PHC in urban communities through nurse-led collaborative teams of trained community residents called "health advocates." This initial work combined a focus on women's health and development with improved health delivery systems. Dr. McElmurry and her colleagues completed several funded community-based primary health care demonstration projects, including the Chicago Health Corps and VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) AmeriCorps projects, which linked volunteers (both lay persons and health professionals) with community organizations throughout the city of Chicago to address health issues.

Dr. McElmurry provided many years of service in mentoring nurse researchers. Graduate students from nursing and other disciplines were encouraged to participate in projects of PHC research and community collaboration, to use project activities and data for their doctoral or master research and practicum experiences, and to participate in scholarly and community or policy oriented dissemination.

Academy of International Leadership Development Scholarship Fund

The Academy of International Leadership Development (AILD) fund was established by with a gift from Dean Emerita Mi Ja Kim. The fund aims to promote and develop nursing leadership of Korean/Korean-American nurses and promote UIC CON to the Korean/Korean-American nursing community. In addition, the fund provides scholarships to Korean/Korean-American graduate students at UIC CON to defray associated educational costs.

AILD Scholarship Awardees

2014
Sujeong Kim, South Korea
A-ri Min, South Korea
Minkyung Kang, South Korea
2013
Yoo Mi Jeong, South Korea
Haeyoung Min, South Korea
Jiwon Oh, South Korea
2012
Hyejeong Hong, South Korea
Hyunjoo Na, South Korea
Sohyun Park, South Korea
Jongwon Yoo, South Korea
2011
Hyejeong Hong, South Korea
Jongwon Yoo, South Korea
2010
Kyung Hee Lee, South Korea
Hanjong Park, South Korea
2009
Minju Kim, South Korea
Suk Yung Ju, South Korea

About Mi Ja Kim

Photo of Mi Ja KimMi Ja Kim, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN is well known for her leadership in broad areas of professional nursing at national and international levels. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar for one year at Yonsei University College of Nursing in Seoul, Korea, and served on the White House Health Professionals Review Group for the Health Care Reform Task Force under the leadership of then‐First Lady Hillary Clinton. She is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. She is the Founder and Chair, Board of Directors of the Global Korean Nursing Foundation.

For the last 35 years, Dr. Kim has been with the UIC and the College of Nursing. In August, 2013, Dr. Kim retired from her role as Professor, as Executive Director of the Global Health Leadership Office and as the Director of the Academy of International Leadership Development. She served as UIC’s Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the UIC’s Graduate College (1995‐1999). She is also Dean Emerita, having served as the Dean of the College of Nursing from 1989‐1995 and Interim Dean from 2009‐2010.

Dr. Kim received her BSN from Yonsei University College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea and her PhD in Physiology from the UIC and also received an honorary doctoral degree in law from North Park College, Chicago, Illinois. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN), UK and in 2012, Dr. Kim was recognized as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing “in honor of [her] extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession, sustained over the course of [her] career”.

Minu K. and Mehroo Patel Nursing Advancement Endowment for India

Established in 2005 and endowed by Professor Minu Patel (professor emeritus of nursing at UIC) and his wife, Dr. Mehroo Patel (a retired family practice physician), the award is bestowed upon graduate students who plan to return to India to work as educators in advanced nursing education programs; provides funding to nurse-educators from India to visit the College as short-term or special study scholars; and provides funding to nurse-educators from the College to visit India to conduct research and training.

Further, the Patels spearheaded a collaborative visit by UIC College of Nursing representatives to the Maharashtra chapter of the Indian Red Cross, Tehmi Grant Institute and Satara University in June 2006. The fruits of this initiative helped to establish a baccalaureate nursing education program at Bel-Air Hospital, Panchgani, India. The UIC partnership facilitates development of the baccalaureate program for nursing students at the Bel-Air College of Nursing under the auspices of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik.

The Patels' vision of global partnership has inspired the local Indian population. The formal inauguration event took place at Bel-Air on December 9, 2007 with about 600 guests, including government and Red Cross officials, other invitees and the Bel-Air community. At the inauguration, Minu Patel read a message from UIC College of Nursing Dean Joan Shaver, RN, PhD, and presented a congratulatory plaque on UIC’s behalf. Mehroo Patel addressed the faculty and the students of the college, inspiring them to rise above the ordinary. "We recognize the bright future for Bel-Air," said Professor Patel. "The needs are financial, but not simply financial. People with knowledge and expertise have to come together and pour in their efforts."

Scholarship Application Forms

All completed scholarship application forms must be submitted to the Global Health Leadership Office (1152 NURS) by the date indicated.

  • 2016 Virginia M. Ohlson (International Student) Award application form. Due Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
  • 2016 Virginia M. Ohlson (Study Abroad) Award application form. Due Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
  • 2016 Chieko Onoda Award application form. Due Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
  • 2016 Beverly J. McElmurry Award application form. Due Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
  • 2016 Carrol A.M. Smith Global Health Award application form. Due Date: Monday, April 11, 2016
  • 2016 Academy for International Leadership Development application form. Due Date: Monday, April 11, 2016

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Staff

Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health
Co-Director, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers In Women’s Health (BIRCWH)
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Nursing (M/C 802)
Room 1160
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Phone: 312.996.5106
Fax: 312.996.8945
Email: thughes@uic.edu
http://www.nursing.uic.edu/faculty-staff/tonda-hughes-phd-rn-faan
Linda L. McCreary, PhD, RN, FAAN
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Nursing (M/C 802)
Room 1148
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Phone: 312.355.3446
Fax: 312.996.8945
Email: mccreary@uic.edu
http://www.nursing.uic.edu/faculty-staff/linda-l-mccreary-phd-rn-faan
Tina Kavukattu
Administrative Assistant
Global Health Leadership Office
University of Illinois at Chicago
College of Nursing (M/C 802)
Room 1154
Chicago, IL 60612-7350
Phone: 312.996.0621
Fax: 312.996.8945
Email: tkavuk1@uic.edu