General Global Health Leadership Information
The Global Health Leadership Office, formerly the Office for International Studies (OIS), was established to foster international and interdisciplinary health programs. The office functions as a liaison with other administrative units, providing linkages relevant to international health to educational institutions and agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
In four decades, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has become a national leader, and is widely recognized internationally as a major site for the promotion of global health in nursing education, practice, research, and consultation.
To promote access to health care for people of all countries, the College is committed to the expansion of its research, education, and practice programs in global health leadership and primary health care. College faculty participate in collaborative projects between health professions, educational institutions, and other disciplines, and serve as official delegates and speakers to congresses in both hemispheres.
Building upon a growing commitment to international nursing development and the expansion of its program of international activities, the College’s designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care in August of 1986 signifies its commitment to contribute to WHO programs to develop nursing and promote health for all through primary health care. In keeping with the University's mission, the College has pledged its leadership in the creation of a network of nursing educational institutions oriented to primary health care and its support of nursing leadership capabilities in other countries to effect the changes required in nursing practice, research, education, and service.
The Collaborating Centre serves as a resource for nurses throughout the world. Collaborating Centre staff work with WHO in promoting technical cooperation among countries, developing and sharing educational materials, disseminating information, and initiating collaborative nursing research projects of regional and international significance. The College's designation as WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care was renewed in 1992, 1996, 2003 and 2007.