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Global Health Collaboratory

The Edson Global Health Collaboratory is dedicated to extending Edson programs beyond organizational or geographic boundaries. Our work connects existing programs with new partners and develops innovative new ways to train health professionals worldwide. Edson currently has programs and partnerships in twelve countries, spread across five continents. Our programs are connecting Edson with local, national, and international communities.

Under the leadership of Dr. Craig Thatcher, the Global Health Collaboratory team is developing global collegiate partnerships, expanding non-credit education programs to nontraditional students and growing international student and faculty exchange opportunities.  “Our new unit aligns with the university’s goals related to global engagement, and while we’ve done some of this work in the past, we want to be more proactive and strategic going forward.” – Craig Thatcher, May 9, 2019, Edson College News

Craig D. Thatcher
DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVN
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Study Abroad and Service Learning

Edson Study Abroad and Service Learning programs take students out of the classroom, and around the world.

Global Reach

Our partnerships with universities and medical organizations worldwide create opportunities for collaboration and exchange of ideas on a global scale.

Edson College Learning Enterprise

Programs designed for working professionals to sharpen and expand their skills in a variety of health-related topics.

Meet the Team

Craig D. Thatcher, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVN
Senior Associate Dean and Professor
Global Health Collaboratory

Provides leadership for Global Health Collaboratory and identifies potential international partners and opportunities to expand the global footprint of the college
Joe Russo, MPH
Global Health Collaboratory

Oversees the team responsible for international partnerships, non-credit education, and study abroad/service learning programs
 Levi Colton, MC
Assistant Director
Global Health Collaboratory

Facilitates collaboration with content experts for non-credit programs and coordinates pathways for stackable credentials

 Aliria Rascon, PhD, RN, CCRN
Clinical Associate Professor
Assistant Director
Global Health Collaboratory

Plans and implements study abroad and service learning opportunities for ASU students
 Brandi N. Allen
Graduate Instructional Designer

Plans, designs, and develops online educational experiences to maximize learner success


Weiqi Chen
Program Aide
Global Health Collaboratory

Provides English/Chinese translation, interpretation, and cultural insight

Monique Guerrero
Executive Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean

Manages unit calendar, meeting agendas, presentation materials, and provides administrative support to Senior Associate Dean

Debbie Hallock
Program Coordinator, Senior
Global Health Collaboratory

Provides project management, program logistics and coordinates registration processes

Cindy Jo White
Business Manager
Global Health Collaboratory

Manages financial and HR processes and coordinates continuing education for non-credit programs 
Maria Fernanda Navarrete Zambrano
Marketing Coordinator
Global Health Collaboratory

Provides marketing support and conducts market research analysis for college programs

Meet the Faculty

Clinical Track Coordinator
Academy of Lactation Programs

Plans, organizes and oversees the operations of the Lactation Education Program, Clinical Track (Planned launch March 2021)

Carol M. Baldwin, PhD, RN, CT, CHTP, AHN-BC, FAAN
Professor Emeritus
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation
International Health Program

Provides planning and implementation for new non-credit International Health programs
Alma Hernandez, MPH
Arizona State Representative, District 3
Faculty Associate
Health Policy Academy

Serves as lead subject matter expert for all Edson health policy programs
 David Klein, LCSW
Faculty Associate
Veteran’s Health Initiatives

Leads collaboration of an interprofessional team to deliver content for non-credit online courses addressing Veteran’s health issues (Planned launch October 2020)
Angela Lober, PhD, RNC-MNN, IBCLC
Academy of Lactation Programs

Leads lactation education at ASU and serves as subject matter expert for both non-credit and for-credit online courses
Salimah Walani, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN
Faculty Associate
International Health

Provides planning and implementation for new non-credit International Health programs

Contact us

For more information, please contact us at 602-496-0008 or