Elective Years 1 & 2: Global Health Education and Advocacy

Department: Medical Students' Association and the Global Health Program
Title: Global Health Education and Advocacy
Location: Varies

12 hours


msvapcommunity@ualberta.ca; lo.globalhealth@gmail.com and ghfomd@ualberta.ca


The overarching goal of this elective is to create a basis for future global health experiences. Students will develop an understanding of the concepts of global health and ethical engagement. With this knowledge, students will practice health promotion in a way that empowers communities.


Medical students will:

  1. Develop an understanding of disease burden, health determinants, and priority interventions in resource poor countries and communities.
  2. Appreciate the role of a health advocate and the different levels of advocacy in health care.
  3. Assume the responsibilities of an advocate by engaging in experiential learning through interactions with the community.
  4. Identify and access the unique social determinants of health pertaining to vulnerable populations (for example, refugees and immigrants).
  5. Acquire an awareness of cultural sensitivity through engagement within the community and articulate how this knowledge will inform patient care.
  6. Assume the responsibilities of an advocate by engaging in experiential learning regarding policy making in health care. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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:

This elective must be completed in its entirety for students to be eligible for participating in international electives organized through the IFMSA or those pursuing FoMD bursary support for an international health elective through the Global Health Program.

Students are welcome to complete the elective even if they do not desire to participate in international electives.

Additionally, hours may be used towards completing the 12 hour Community Engagement – Mix and Match elective.

Last Updated: December 7, 2021