Global health is a concept that focuses attention on inequalities and disparities in health, including health status and access to health services, all with a strong focus on fostering social justice and championing human rights. It embraces the concept of Global Citizenship.
The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry established the Global Health Program, situated within the Division of Community Engagement, to expand and strengthen medical education and research in global health and to develop bi-lateral relationships and programs with partner institutions in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) that bring value to both partners.
Goals for the Global Health Program include:
- Establishment and stewardship of bidirectional relationships with institutions in LMICs that are mutually beneficial
- Provide educational experiences at home and abroad for students, residents and faculty to explore relevant global and international health topics
- Support for global health research
Some of the responsibilities of the Global Health Office are:
- Promote global health events by organizing the annual Global Health Fair, Global Health Rounds, in-class presentations, presentations by past participants and post-elective debrief sessions
- Develop and steward relationships with institutions in LMICs, many of which offer opportunities for placements for FoMD learners
- Recruit faculty to the field station liaison group
- Provide administrative support to the Director of Global Health and faculty leads to ensure successful electives
- Register students and ensure they have completed their checklist prior to departure
- Organize the 12 Hour Global Health elective which is a pre-requisite for all students attending field stations through the Global Health office. For more information go here.
- Liaise with UME and PGME to support learners in determining a good fit for their international experience and to guide learners through the process to meet the requirements of UofA and FoMD policies for international electives.