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The Unisphere at Columbus Circle in New York City a symbol of the interconnectedness of today's worldThe Department of Health Sciences, Human Performance, Science and Engineering seeks to heighten community, campus, and student awareness of the interconnectedness of all aspects of today's world. We know that instruction in global environments, shared resources, businesses, economies, technologies, research, and diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and peoples are important to enable our students to succeed in a global economy, workforce and community.

The nursing, allied health, science, engineering, health and human performance programs will implement curricular and academic activities so that students can develop a broader understanding of how these disciplines compliment student learning in issues of global significance. Global education within all disciplines will enhance student abilities to secure jobs and develop deeper understanding of the diversity which is present in all aspects of our lives.

The world at night viewed from space. Photo courtesy of NASA
The world at night viewed from space. NASA

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The international scientific community now widely agrees that climate change will constitute one of the major challenges of the twenty-first century. In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that its adverse consequences will be felt worldwide and that the hardest hit will be the disadvantaged and poorest people of the planet, precisely those who are least prepared to cope with the devastating effects of climate change.

Case Studies on Climate Change from UNESCOThe threats posed by climate change to natural and cultural sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List are outlined in a new UNESCO publication, "Case Studies on Climate Change and World Heritage". The report features 26 examples including the Tower of London, Kilimanjaro National Park and the Great Barrier Reef. These case studies are representative of the dangers faced by the 830 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List.

>> Download entire report (PDF)

"The international community now widely agrees that climate change will constitute one of the major challenges of the 21st century"

Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura.

Helpful Links in Science and Global Awareness

>> Universality of Science

>> Threats to the Kakadu, Great Barrier Reef

>> Biosphere reserves

>> The Global Carbon Cycle

>> International Council for Science

>> ICSU Strategic Plan 2006-2011 (PDF)

>> Science in Africa (PDF)

>> Featured courses at Ocean County College


ANA Urges Involvement in International Year of the Nurse Campaign

The American Nurses Association (ANA), as part of its commitment to advancing the nursing profession, encourages nurses and health care professionals around the world to take part in a campaign urging the United Nations to adopt resolutions declaring 2010 International Year of the Nurse, and 2011-2020 a UN Decade for a Healthy World.

The Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World

The Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World

"We, the nurses and concerned citizens of the global community, hereby dedicate ourselves to the accomplishment of a healthy world by the year 2020. We declare our willingness to unite in a program of action, sharing information and solutions to resolve problems and improve conditions -- locally, nationally and globally -- in order to achieve health for all humanity. We further resolve to adopt personal practices and to implement public policies in our communities and nations, making this goal for the year 2020 achievable and inevitable, beginning today in our own lives, in the life of our nations and in the world at large."

>> Sign the Nightingale Declaration

The Nightingale Declaration for Our Healthy World

"With Nightingale's blueprint, we can also be effective global visionaries. We can focus our collective "callings" for the sake of 21st century health care and related health social, ecological, and human rights issues. We can continue the practices we have established. We can also be innovative and create new practice arenas. We can model the fulfillment and satisfaction of being nurses -- of bringing health and healing to our world. Nightingale held the vision for us -- to remember who we are, what we can do, who we care for and why."

Extract from the publication Florence Nightingale Today:

Helpful Links in Nursing and Global Awareness

>> International Council of Nurses

>> Global Nursing Shortages

>> Office of Global Nursing

>> Featured Nursing Courses at OCC

Health and Human Performance

Global Disparity

"Those who are most vulnerable to evolving health crises tend to be the poor and marginalized who already suffer from numerous inequities and lack of opportunities. While 20 years ago, HIV/AIDS was not clearly linked to poverty and inequality, it is now rapidly becoming a disease of the poor, the young, the uneducated and the disenfranchised. The risk of HIV/AIDS is exacerbated by lack of access to education, information and basic health care, deteriorating public health infrastructure, political instability and lack of political will to address issues that affect the less powerful."

The Global Health Council 2007

"The greatest single challenge facing our globalized world is to combat and eradicate its disparities"

Nelson Mandella

Olympic Movement

Image of the Olymic GamesThe goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

The Olympic Games have always brought people together in peace to respect universal moral principles. The upcoming Games will feature athletes from all over the world and help promote the Olympic spirit.

Helpful Links in Health and Human Performance and Global Awareness

>> U.S. AID: Agency for International Development's Global Health

>> The Global Health Council

>> The World Health Organization

>> Global Health Opportunities: Infectious Disease

>> Epidemic and Pandemic Alert (WHO)

>> Office of Global Health Affairs

>> International Association of Athletics Federations

>> International Olympic Committee

>> Paralympic Games

>> General Association of International Sports Federations

>> Featured Courses at OCC


Global Standardization

ISO logoISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer of standards. Although ISO's principal activity is the development of technical standards, ISO standards also have important economic and social repercussions. ISO standards make a positive difference, not just to engineers and manufacturers for whom they solve basic problems in production and distribution, but to society as a whole.

The International Standards which ISO develops are very useful. They are useful to industrial and business organizations of all types, to governments and other regulatory bodies, to trade officials, to conformity assessment professionals, to suppliers and customers of products and services in both public and private sectors, and, ultimately, to people in general in their roles as consumers and end users.

SAE International logo

SAE International is a non-profit educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing mobility technology to better serve humanity. Over 90,000 engineers and scientists, who are SAE members, develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles including automobiles, trucks and buses, off-highway equipment, aircraft, aerospace vehicles, marine, rail, and transit systems. SAE disseminates this information through its meetings, books, technical papers, magazines, standards, reports, professional development programs, and electronic databases.

Helpful Links in Engineering and Global Awareness

>> International Standards
>> ASTM International Engineering Standards

>> International Engineering Consortium

>> International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)

Allied Health

International Health Education and Humanitarian Assistance

Project HOPE image of shipProject HOPE: HOPE's Mission: To achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need.

Health and Hope for Tomorrow: Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked to make health care available for people around the globe - especially children. It's in their name: Health Opportunities for People Everywhere. Most people remember their hospital ship that traveled the world. Today their work includes educating health professionals and volunteers, providing medicines and supplies, strengthening health facilities, training community health workers, and fighting communicable diseases such as TB and AIDS.

International Health Standards

NSF International logo

NSF International, formerly National Sanitation Foundation, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that develops standards and provides product certification and education in the field of public health and safety. Serving manufacturers operating in 80 countries, NSF was founded in 1944 and has its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

ICD 10 PublicationInternational Classification of Diseases (ICD). The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (most commonly known by the abbreviation ICD) provides codes to classify diseases and a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or disease. Every health condition can be assigned to a unique category and given a code, up to six characters long. Such categories can include a set of similar diseases.

The International Classification of Diseases is published by the World Health Organization. The ICD is used world-wide for morbidity and mortality statistics, reimbursement systems and automated decision support in medicine. This system is designed to promote international comparability in the collection, processing, classification, and presentation of these statistics. The ICD is a core classification of the WHO Family of International Classifications.

Helpful Links in Allied Health and Global Awareness

>> International Committee of the Red Cross

>> Amnesty International

>> World Heart Federation

>> International Union Against Cancer (UICC)

>> Food For The Hungry International (FHI)

>> History of the ICD

>> International Classification of Health Interventions (ICHI)

>> ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders

>> WHO Family of International Classifications

>> Featured Courses at OCC