20-23 AUGUST 2024



Gillian Ice

Gillian Ice, PhD, MPH is a professor of social medicine and global health in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health Sciences and Professions and the founding director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Ohio University. She currently serves as Interim Associate Provost of Global Affairs. Ice’s research explores aging with a focus on grandparent caregiving in sub-Saharan Africa. She teaches research methods and evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, geriatrics, cultural humility and global health.

Dr. Ice’s research focuses on the relationship between environment, stress and wellbeing of older adults. Her early work examined biomarkers of stress. She conducted a ten-year longitudinal study, examining the impact of caregiving on Kenyan grandparents. Currently, she is examining the role of grandmothers in preserving cooking traditions and the impact family nutrition in Ghana and Rwanda.

She has directed study abroad programs for medical and allied health students. Dr. Ice developed courses, certificate programs and a master’s of global health. She works with colleagues on health systems strengthening projects in several African countries. She is currently collaborating with the Athens City County Health Hepartment on a Global Learning for Health Equity project on Age Friendly Communities.