Director of Research
Dr. Rebecca Malouin is the Director of the Master of Science in Global Health Program, the Director of Research for the Institute for Global Health and Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine. As a health services researcher, she has a particular interest in the impact of and payment for new care models in primary health care. Dr. Malouin oversees all aspects of the Master of Science and Graduate Certificate programs in global health. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Dr. Malouin served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. She then completed her Ph.D. and M.P.H., both in International Health, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a M.S. in epidemiology from Michigan State University. Dr. Malouin has worked for globally-engaged agencies such as Helen Keller International and the University Research Corporation, as well as state health departments in Michigan and Maryland.
Medical Director of Global Health and Research
Shane Sergent is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), earning degrees in global and strategic management and osteopathic medicine respectively. He has worked with the MSUCOM Peru Outreach program since 2009, implementing countless research and health initiatives. Dr. Sergent serves as Clinical Faculty and Profesor Honorario at Universidad César Vallejo in Trujillo, Peru. He also serves as Clinical Faculty at MSUCOM, working closely with Institute of International Health and International Osteopathic Medicine Organization. When he is not working on global health projects, he enjoys wilderness and dive medicine.
Jake Rowan DO
Merida Medical Education Director Associate Professor
Assistant Director of Merida Medical Education
Travis Gordon is the Assistant Director of Medical Education for International Studies in Yucatan, Mexico as well as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He oversees all international projects and collaborations between MSU IGH and Mexico.
As a Lansing native he graduated from Alma College in 2005 with a BS in Exercise and Health Science and a BA in Spanish. He completed a two-year service in Peace Corps Nicaragua from 2007-09 in Public Health with a focus on HIV/AIDS, subsequently being awarded the International AIDS Day Award for outstanding initiatives in the field. He graduated from MSUCOM in 2013, earning the Fred Mitchell, Sr. Award for his work in OMM, and later completed a residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando with specialties in family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine.
Returning to his Alma Mater in 2017 to live and work in Yucatan, Mexico to advance international collaboration in the health arena is what he considers a dream job. He hopes to blend his experience in language and sciences to promote osteopathic medicine throughout Latin America, as well as at home. He resides in Merida, Yucatan with his beautiful wife and two children and enjoys traveling with them.
Qing Xia Associate Director for Global Health Education
Ms. Qing Xia serves as the Associate Director for Global Health Education at the Institute for Global Health (IGH), and the Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH). Before joining IGH, Qing held leadership roles at the Office of China Programs (OCP), and the Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) within the International Studies and Programs (ISP) at Michigan State University. Qing obtained an M.A. in English from Sichuan University in China and an M.A. in American Studies at Michigan State University. Currently Qing is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program in the College of Education at Michigan State University.
Lorena Mier y Teran Merida Coordinator and Executive Assistant
Currently she is the MSU Projects Coordinator and Executive Assistant in Mexico, focusing on educational exchange, collaborative research and outreach.
She has been the bridge between Michigan State University and various collaborating institutions in Yucatan. Constantly involved in social work, she is actively dedicating time to limited resource communities.
In her passion for international relations, she has studied abroad at IDRAC business school in Lyon, France; at Central Bucks East in Pensylvania, US; Caux peace and leadership programme in Switzerland and Caux Scholars Programme in India, focusing in conflict resolution, trauma healing, change management and sustainable development.
Alpha Sow is a student assistant with the Institute for Global Health.
He completed his undergrad at Michigan State University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
He is an origin of Guinea and fluent in French and Fulani.
Joyce Chen Finance Assistant
Joyce Chen is the Finance Assistant at IGH. She is also a second-year accounting master student at MSU. Her work includes preparing reimbursement worksheets, organizing receipts, and creating eDocs in MSU Enterprise Business System for IGH staff members and other professors and scholars.
Zhuyu Wu Student Assistant