Health Advocacy

As medical students and future medical professionals, we are privileged to have the ability to advocate for individuals and communities that we serve. The Global Health Advocacy (GHA) program aims to equip students with advocacy skills they can apply to their education and career, while raising awareness for issues like refugee health and homelessness.

The University of Alberta works with schools across the country under a national theme each year. Last year, medical schools across Canada focused on "Access to Medicines". The theme for this coming year has not yet been chosen.  

Upcoming Events


World Health Organization Model United Nations (WHOMUN) gives students in health-related programs and other faculties the opportunity to participate in a model UN plenary-style debate and discussion of a current global health issue. Each student will be assigned a country to represent in regional bloc discussions and a plenary model debate, following World Health Assembly format.

For students from all programs, WHOMUN is a fantastic chance to hone knowledge and skills of global health governance, the UN system, and international policy setting, as well as research, collaboration, and public speaking skills. MD program students can use WHOMUN for 6 hours of credit towards the 12-hour first- or second-year preclerkship elective requirement (through the Community Engagement mix-and-match elective).

WHOMUN 2016 will be held on Saturday, November 5, 10 am-4 pm in the ECHA building. This year’s topic is the Zika virus. Students can register to participate at the following link: The registration deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, October 28.

An optional primer introductory talk on Zika will be given by Dr. Michael Hawkes on Wednesday, October 26 at 12 pm in Katz 1-080. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact WHOMUN coordinators at For the 2016-17 academic year, the coordinators are Umair Sajid and Finola Hackett.

Local Initiatives

  • Global Health Awareness Week- Environment and Health Theme
  • Provincial Lobby Day- Banning Tanning Beds for Youth
  • Global Health Advocacy Elective- Refugee and Inner City Health
  • Human Trafficking Awareness

National Initiatives

  • National Lobby Day- Pharmacare
  • Humans of Pharmacare
  • Neglected Tropical Disease Awareness
  • Vaccine Advocacy
  • Access Our Medicine Campaign- sign the declaration