Global Health Seminar
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The Global Health Seminar is a year-long, weekly elective course intended for students in the health professions to develop an understanding of key aspects of 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 participatory and 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:
- Analyze current global health challenges taking into consideration their social, political, economic, legal, and human rights dimensions
- Evaluate and discuss responses to global health needs by integrating information provided by invited speakers and skills from this seminar as well as those from other courses taken at respective programs
- Assess the global health governance infrastructure and understand the importance of international collaboration
- Explain and propose solutions for addressing ethical challenges and issues of feasibility in implementing health interventions
- Develop skills to collaborate with health professionals working in clinical medicine, nursing, and public health by engaging in a participatory learning environment with invited speakers and Yale faculty, staff, and students
- Discuss challenges and opportunities of professional development, both in terms of potential pathways and essential values in global health
The Global Health Seminar 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 the Science and Practice of Medicine in the Global Context at the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). The seminar also serves as a recommended course for nursing students in the Global Health Concentration at Yale School of Nursing (YSN). In addition to faculty advisors from the School of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Physician Associate Program, a program manager from YSPH supports the Seminar.
Historically, the Global Health Seminar has also been led by strong student input and engagement and is supported by a student-leadership team representing all the health professional schools. The student leadership team forms annually from interested students who have completed the course. This team is part of the Global Health Working Group (GHWG), a group of students from all the health professional schools. The GHWG is composed of the Student Coordinator for Global Health (representing YSM’s Office of International Medical Student Education) and the student leadership groups for the Global Health Seminar and Topics in Global Medicine course. The GHWG meets several times per semester to coordinate the two courses.
The Global Health Seminar contains two components: thematic lectures and modules. Over the course of the fall semester, lectures will focus on child & maternal health, and refugee & conflict health. The module will focus on mental health. For each class, 1 - 2 readings will be posted on classes V2 prior to each session. Students are encouraged to read the articles and articulate questions and ideas for class discussion. After each session, students can learn more about the invited lecturer and their career path over an informal dinner. The success of each session is dependent upon active participation and interaction.
Modules are designed as a series of consecutive sessions, coordinated by a faculty member, that delve into a particular topic in greater detail. These sessions require more engaged student participation and discussion and are meant to provide a more in-depth learning experience under the guidance of an expert in the field. Each module concludes with student projects. The modules are requirements for students in the Global Health Concentration at YSPH and YSN, and the Certificate in the Science and Practice of Medicine in the Global Context at YSM. For other students it is optional.
Lecture Day/Time: Mondays 5:30 – 7:00PM
Location: The Anlyan Center (TAC) N107
YSM: Gerald Friedland, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Director, AIDS Program
YSM: Tracy Rabin, M.D., Instructor, Internal Medicine
YSM: Sheela Shenoi, M.D., Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, AIDS
YSN: Patricia Ryan-Krause, Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Director, School of Nursing
YSPH: Michael Skonieczny, M.A., Executive Director, Global Health Leadership Institute
PA: Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso, Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, PA Program
Linda Arnade, Program Coordinator, Global Health Concentration at YSPH
Global Health Seminar Student Leadership Group
Abigail Taylor, YSPH
Christina Lin, YSM
Anirudh Sreekrishnan, YSM
Samantha Kaplan, YSM
Mikaela Davis, YSPH
Schedule - Fall 2013
9/9 Global Health History and Trends
- Richard Skolnik (Lecturer, Department of Health Policy & Management –YSPH; Former Director for Health, Nutrition and Population for South Asia at the World Bank, Author of the text book, Global Health 101)
- This lecture will focus on critical Issues in global health, particularly the health of the poor in low- and middle-income countries. It will address:
- The health status of different regions and income groups
- The burden of disease and how it varies within and across countries and groups
- Key risk factors for the burden of disease
- Why Ministers of Finance should care about health
- Some of the key measures that can be implemented, especially in low-cost and highly effective ways, to improve the health of the poor in low- and middle-income countries
The session will conclude with an outline of some of the critical global health challenges we are likely to confront in the next decade.
Child and Maternal Health
9/16 Children in the AIDS Epidemic
- Bryan Forsyth (Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director for International Research, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Medical Director, Pediatric Primary Care Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital)
- The AIDS epidemic is an unparalleled attack on the lives and well being of children, their families and communities, and the systems that are meant to protect and provide them services. This lecture will discuss and address factors affecting mother to child HIV transmission using examples from current projects in South Africa.
9/23 Nutrition and Food Security for Mothers and Infants
- Rafael Perez-Escamilla,Professor of Epidemiology, YSPH
- Ensuring that food security and nutrition objectives are included in the initial planning stages of development has a tremendous potential to improve nutrition and build healthy futures for mothers, children, and other vulnerable groups around the world. This session will focus on the importance of bringing women and children’s nutrition to the forefront of child and maternal health using case study examples from Brazil.
9/30 Women’s Health and Advocacy
- Alice Miller, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of Global Health Justice Partnership, YLS
- A woman's health encompasses all functions related to her mental and physical wellness from puberty through old age, the factors that affect wellness and the activities, and behaviors that promote it. Using the example of the GHJP’s Obstetric Fistula project, this lecture will evaluate a response for maternal health AND the role of over-seas aid and local sustainability.
Global Health Opportunities Fair: Organized by the Global Health Working Group
Module: Skill Building in Global Mental Health
10/7 Overview of Mental Health in International Settings
- Maya Prabhu, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, YSM
- Robert Rohrbaugh, Professor of Psychiatry, YSM
- The World Health Organization broadly defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” This lecture will cover the epidemiology, prevalence, and other implications of mental health in international settings. There will be no workshop following this lecture.
10/14 Cross-Cultural Implications of Mental Health
- Bandy X. Lee, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, YSM
- When discussing mental health in a global setting, a special emphasis must be placed on the cultural differences between different populations. This lecture will discuss the multi-cultural differences, the role of religion, and cultural sensitivity. There will be a workshop following this lecture.
10/21Special Populations in Global Mental Health (Substance Abuse Panel)
- Panel: TBD
There are many special populations that need specific consideration when discussing mental health. This lecture will be set-up as a panel, bringing experts in multiple different fields together to discuss the implications surrounding substance abuse and mental health. Speakers will include clinicians who work with substance abuse patients as well as lawyers who have dealt with substance abuse cases in the past. Moderated by Dr. Prabhu and open to questions from the audience, this panel will be a unique experience during the module to engage with this unique topic. There will be NO workshop following this lecture.
10/28 Global Mental Health and Law
- Maya Prabhu, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, YSM
- This lecture will serve as the capstone of the global health module. It will discuss the role of legislation and advocacy in mental health globally. Special emphasis will be put on conflict resolution and international campaigns. There will be a workshop following this lecture.
- Students taking the course for credit are required to sign up and attend at least one of three workshop sessions. Most workshops will be a seminar discussion of a particular case that the speaker and module leader shall lead.
- Sign-ups are on a first-come first-served basis starting the first week of the seminar. Priority will be given to students who have yet to sign-up for a session.
- Each workshop will accommodate 20-25 students to ensure strong discussion and interaction.
Refugee and Conflict Health
11/4 Forming a Network with Academic Institutions, Syria NGOs and U.S. Corporations
- Wael Khouli, Syrian American Physician
- Ethan Chorin, SOM Social Enterprise Fellow
- This lecture will give an overview of ongoing medical relief efforts in Syria and Libya. It will also serve as a platform to connect students who are looking for venues to help Syria with opportunities provided by NGOs, while utilizing assistance from interested US corporations from fields related to healthcare and economical development.
11/11 Child and Maternal Health in Refugee and Conflict Areas
- Catherine Panter-Brick, Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs, Yale University
- Maternal mortality can be particularly high in conflict and chronic emergency settings. This session will provide critical analyses of health and well-being across key stages of human development, giving special attention to impact of poverty, disease, malnutrition, armed conflict and social marginalization.
11/18 Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Conflict Areas
- Jhumka Gupta, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, YSPH
- In the past decade, the relationship between gender-based violence (GBV) and armed conflicts has received much international attention. Despite efforts to address issues of GBV in conflict areas and to raise awareness of these issues, GBV continues to be a major problem. This session will investigate the mental and reproductive health implications of GBV and interventions aimed at reducing GBV against women.
12/2 Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Work in Refugee Settings
- Dr. Ramin Asgary, Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine – Dept. of Medicine and Population Health
- This lecture will focus on the role of international humanitarian assistance and relief work with emphasis on refugee settings.