Foundations of Global Health

Seminar Series hosted by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Course Start Date: February 1st, 2012
AM Session 8:30AM - 11:30AM
PM Session 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Open to public


The department of Family Medicine and Community Health is pleased to offer the course Foundations of Global Health to the general UMMS public. The class is considered an elective for Residents, Medical Students but is also open to staff and faculty. This course aims to educate UMMS trainees and practitioners about issues in global health and encourage participants to discuss solutions and best practices in providing excellent health care to the global community. The schedule of courses can be found here.

Seminar Objectives

At the end of this course learners should be able to: 

1. Introduction to Global Health:

  • Discuss key principles of global health
  • Be able to define the global burden of disease including Qalys and Dalys and list the top 10 diseases world wide
  • Discuss the statistical analysis presented by Hans Rosling

2. Maternal Health:

  • Identify key health issues for women around the world
  • Describe challenges of providing health care to women in other countries

3. Determinants of Health:

  • Discuss the concept of social determinants of health
  • Discuss how social factors may impact their own delivery of health care to their patients

4. Child Health:

  • Describe neonatal, infant, under-five, and under 18 mortality/ morbidity data
  • Discuss challenges of providing health care to children

5. Health Beliefs:

  • Develop an appreciation of cultural contexts for health beliefs
  • Identify the impact of patients’ health beliefs on their response to health care

6. HIV:

  • Using a case-based approach describe the global impact of HIV
  • Discuss challenges and approaches of providing treatment for HIV in developing countries

7. Refugee Health:

  • Describe the demographics of the refugee population in Worcester county
  • Discuss the challenges specific to the care of refugee and immigrant populations

8. Oral Health

  • List five oral health issues specific to underserved populations
  • Discuss challenges to addressing oral health needs specific to under-served populations

9. Comparative analysis of Health care systems

  • Develop and present in groups an outline a specific country’s health care system
  • Look up data for parameters used for ranking health care systems

10. Tb and Malaria:

  • Discuss the impact of both of these illnesses on global burden of disease
  • Describe current ways of preventing the occurrence of these illnesses
  • Describe pathophysiology of these diseases and treatment

11. Health economics:

  • Define key terms used in health economic literature
  • Discuss the relevance of economics to overall health in a resource limited environment

12. Basic Research Topics:

  • Define basic concepts and vocabulary of epidemiology and data collection
  • Discuss the steps involved in taking a very basic research project from start to finish

13. Parasitology/Diarrheal illnesses:

  • Describe the most relevant parasitic/bacterial illnesses in developing countries
  • Discuss prevention and treatment of different infections

14. Ethical dilemmas in Global Health work:

  • Discuss challenges that may arise in global health work
  • Describe 1-2 scenarios and possible ways of addressing these ethical dilemmas

15. Intro to Nicaraguan Health care system:

  • Describe the role of community health practice in the delivery of health care
  • List the levels of community health practice
  • Describe the role of epidemiology in resource allocation

16. Grant writing project:

  • Search for possible grants to fund global health activities
  • Write travel grant to fund elective time

17. Emerging Systems/Social Networking and global health:

  • Discuss relevance of new systems and social networking to global health work
  • Describe at least one scenario in which social networking is beneficial to the delivery of healthcare.