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Global Initiatives

Columbia Nursing:  A Global Perspective

Columbia Nursing’s Office of Global Initiatives works to strengthen nursing education, clinical care, and research by fostering strategic partnerships in the context of population-based global health disparities that advance the practice of nursing within our borders and throughout the world.

The Office is a resource on global health and related issues for nurses and other health care providers, policymakers, and the public. By collaborating with key nursing leaders in the United States and around the world, the Office is dedicated to promoting advanced education and scholarly interchange among nurses involved in global health.

The school encourages students at all degree levels to develop an understanding of global health issues and the political, cultural, economic, and social factors that affect our nation’s health care and the world’s. Many of our students come to Columbia Nursing with a background in global health issues. Their education furthers their ability and commitment to contribute to health equity.


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1 Kulage K, Hickey K, Honig J, et al. Establishing a Program of Global Initiatives for Nursing Education. Journal of Nursing Education.

World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center

Columbia University School of Nursing was initially designated as a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing in 1994. The school has been re-designated every 4 years since then, most currently in January, 2011. This most recent term is for 2011-2015. The school’s Center is one of ten WHO Collaborating Centers in Nursing in the United States and one of 42 in the world. The WHO designation recognizes Columbia Nursing’s expertise and commitment to advanced practice nursing.

The school is also developing partnerships with several of Columbia University’s Global Centers to identify gaps that are best addressed by nursing research and to initiate mentorship programs to build nursing research capacity internationally.

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