Elective Years 1 and 2: Community Engagement

Department: Division of Community Engagement
Title: Community Engagement - Mix and Match
Location: University of Alberta

12 hours



Overview: The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine highly values social accountability and works towards educating all students on how to incorporate this into their future practices. In this elective, students will attend a session outlining the importance of social accountability. The remaining hours will be completed through shadowing and lecture opportunities in any of the following categories: global health advocacy, international health, reproductive and sexual health, indigenous health, and Inner City Health.

Medical students will:

  1. Appreciate the role of a health advocate and the different levels of advocacy in health care
  2. Assume the responsibilities of an advocate by engaging in experiential learning through interactions within the community.
    More specifically students will:
  • Identify and access the unique social determinants of health pertaining to vulnerable populations (for example, refugees)
  • Acquire an awareness of cultural sensitivity through engagement within the community and articulate how this knowledge will inform patient care

3. Assume the responsibilities of an advocate by engaging in experiential learning regarding policy making in health care. More specifically, students will:

  • Recognize the relationships of advocacy at the policy-making level involving the government with health matters in the community and its repercussions to patient care
  • Assist in formulating a proposal about a health issue directed to the government and practice the skill of presenting the topic to a policy maker
Additional Notes: To receive any credit for the Community Engagement elective, you must complete a minimum of 12 hours in the associated electives (ie. health advocacy, Indigenous people's health , inner city health, international health, or sexual reproductive health).
Last Updated: October 22, 2021