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Stefi Barna


Stefi Barna has been involved in health, development and education for the past 20 years. In public health she worked on HIV prevention in The Netherlands (with sex workers); in the United States (with drug users, gang members and undocumented immigrants); and in Bangladesh (with drug users, rickshaw pullers and truck drivers).

She has been interested in philosophy of education and in alternative models of schooling, from peer-led, experiential, and reflective learning to the intersection between arts and sciences. She has taught in a variety of settings, including medical schools, interdisciplinary studies, and the Krishnamurti schools

Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (1992)
  • B.A. History (Hons), University of California, Berkeley (1988)

  • Public Health
  • Sustainability and Development
  • Environment and Health
  • Art and Science of the Natural World
  • Field Studies
Areas of Interest
  • Inclusive pedagogy
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum design
  • Sustainability and health
  • Medical humanities
Publication and Writing
  • Stefi Barna, Adithya Vyas, Klaus Melf, Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy. 2017.
    Medical Peace Work
    [Massive Open Online Course]. University of Bergen, 2017.
  • (2016), Stefi Barna, "Sustainability in Higher Education for the Global South: A Conversation across Geographies and Disciplines", Sustentabilidade em Debate - Brasília, v. 7, n. 1, p. 156-173 (with Seema Purushothaman, Chitra Ravi, Harini Nagendra, Manu Mathai, Seema Mundoli, Gladwin Joseph, Nandan Nawn, Radha Gopalan, Marcel Bursztyn, Martina Padmanabhan, Sally Duncan, Ruth S DeFries).
  • Stefi Barna and Adithya Vyas, 2016. ‘Is Climate Change the Greatest Health Threat of the Century?’. Teaching case and instructor guide. Ref MPW3-15-11. The Case Centre.
  • Stefi Barna and Adithya Vyas and Emma Pencheon, 2016. ‘Leadership for Sustainable Healthcare’. Teaching case and instructor guide. Ref MPW3-15-12. The Case Centre.
  • (2015), Stefi Barna "Human Health and the Global Environment" in Nicholson, McKimm and Allen Global Health. Sage Publishing, London (with Jason Horseley and Sarah Walpole).
  • (2015), Stefi Barna "Climate Change, Long-Term Conditions and Sustainable Healthcare" in Nicholson, McKimm and Allen Global Health. Sage Publishing, London (with Sarah Walpole).
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  • (2015), Stefi Barna 'Challenges to professionalism: Social accountability and global environmental change', (with David Pearson & Sarah Walpole), Medical Teacher, June.
  • Thompson, T, Walpole, S, Braithwaite, I, Barna, S Inman, A, Mortimer, F. ‘Learning objectives for sustainable health care’ The Lancet, 29 Nov 2014
  • Public Health Educators in Medical Schools. Undergraduate Public Health Curriculum for UK Medical Schools: Consensus Statement 2014 (London: Faculty of Public Health, 2014).
  • Walpole S, Barna S, Gillam S ‘Ecological healthcare for tomorrow’s doctors – new imperatives for medical educators’ Excellence in Medical Education, 5: 2014, 23-25.
  • Barna, S., Goodman, B. & Mortimer, F. ‘The health effects of climate change: What does a nurse need to know?’ Nurse Education Today, 1 Oct 2012, p. 765-771.
  • Kuiper,H, Jackson, RJ, Barna, S, Satariano, WA. ’Local health department leadership strategies for healthy built environments’, Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 2012 Mar-Apr;18(2):11-23
  • Gillam, S. & Barna, S. ‘Sustainable general practice: another challenge for trainers’ Education for Primary Care, Vol 22:1 (2011) p. 7-10.
  • Gillam, S & Barna, S. ‘Sustainability in general practice’, Education for Primary Care. 22:1 (2011) p:36 -7
  • Barna, S. Mortimer, F. Pearson, D. ‘Greening the NHS at its roots: training tomorrow’s doctors for a sustainable health system’, Journal of Holistic Healthcare 8:22 (Aug 2011) pg: 23-26.
  • Barna, S., McKenzie, J., Mortimer, F. ‘Low-Carb NHS: training and CPD for a sustainable health system’, National Health Executive 2011 May/June.
  • Barna, S. & Mortimer, F. ‘Climate change and the duty of a doctor: teaching sustainable healthcare’ Chemical Hazards and Poisons Report, (Oct 2010) p. 29-30 2
  • Orme, J. & Barna, S. ‘Education for sustainable development - the role of healthy universities’. Healthy Universities 3 (2010) p. 4-5
  • Barna, S. & Rodrigues, V. Health Needs, Demands and Resources. Foundation eLearning Project (000_1052). E-Learning for Healthcare. Dept of Health 2010.
  • Barna, Stefi. Transport Workers at Risk for HIV: Documenting Our Experience 2000-2004,  CARE Bangladesh, 2006
  • López-Zetina, Javier, Wesley Ford, Mark Weber, Stefi Barna.   “Predictors of syphilis seroreactivity and prevalence of HIV among street recruited injection drug users in Los Angeles County, 1994–6” Sexually Transmitted Infections 76:462-469 (2000).
  • Barna, Stefi. “New Approaches to Nature Education”, Journal of the Krishnamurti Schools, Chennai, 2007
  • Barna, Stefi. “Towards a Philosophy of Physical Education”, Journal of the Krishnamurti Schools, Chennai, 2005
  • Barna, Stefi.  “Contemporary Art as a Means of Inquiry”, Journal of the Krishnamurti Schools, Chennai, 2003
  • Barna, Stefi.  Trabajo y Salud, SOA Stichting, The Netherlands, 1993.
  • Barna, Stefi and Susan Biersteker. Safe Sex Handbook for Sex Workers, SOA Stichting, The Netherlands 1992.
  • Barna, Stefi.  Health Aspects of Prostitution Policy in the Netherlands, Ministry of Health, The Netherlands, 1992.
On-going Projects
  • Public Health Educators in Medical Schools Network
  • Education for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Medical Peace Work Partnership

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