Global Health Foundations is a weekly seminar intended for students in the health professions to be exposed to key issues in global health research and practice. The course features faculty from across the health professional schools and other global health experts from around the world. Its collaborative nature provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary dialogue. The goal of the course is for students to attain a good understanding of key issues upon which they may base future research, service, and clinical pursuits in the field of global health. The objectives of the course are for students to:
- understand current global health challenges taking into consideration their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions;
- be exposed to the global health governance infrastructure and understand the importance of international collaboration; and
- engage in collaborative discussions with health professionals working in medicine, nursing, and public health by engaging in a participatory learning environment with invited speakers, Yale faculty, and students.
Global Health Foundations is a requirement for students in the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) and for students in the Certificate in Global Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Students from YSPH must take the course in their first year. In addition to faculty advisors from the School of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Physician Associate Program, a program manager from YSPH supports the course along with a student leadership team representing the health professional schools.