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Topics in Global Medicine and Health (MD220)

Topics in Global Medicine and Health is a student-led, case-based elective course for Yale health professionals-in-training that provides participants with a broad knowledge base in current globally important health issues. Each session focuses on a specific topic and aims to integrate the perspectives of public and population health with a practical, clinically oriented approach to the topic. Importantly, the course provides a forum for interactive discussions of health issues that pose unique challenges in resource-limited settings. The sessions are collaborative – a Yale faculty member with expertise in the topic is paired with one or two students and the team works together to present the topic. Faculty will be asked to provide reading resources relevant to their session in advance.

We encourage the presenters to avoid clinical language or, if necessary, to explain it well in Topics presentations given the broad array of student backgrounds and clinical experiences.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the spectrum of globally important health issues affecting persons and communities in resource-limited settings.
  2. Identify the major principles and challenges of providing health care in resource-limited settings.
  3. Appreciate the importance of public health interventions in addressing global health issues.


Topics in Global Medicine and Health is designed for students in all of the health professions programs, specifically physician associate (PA), nursing (YSN), medicine (YSM), and epidemiology and public health (EPH). In addition, advanced trainees such as residents and fellows are encouraged to participate. The course is open to all members of the Yale community. Active participation in the course is expected, whether by way of presenting a topic in collaboration with the faculty member or actively participating in the small group discussions.

Student Presenters

Students will be asked to sign up online for a presentation slot prior to the course starting. Additional interested students will be able to sign up at the first session, pending availability.

Course Schedule

Day/Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm

Start/End Dates: September 14 through December 7, excluding November 23


In person*: Sept 14, Oct 19, Dec 7: Hope Memorial Building (315 Cedar Street)

Zoom: all other sessions:

*may change depending upon University COVID policy

Session Format

Each collaborative Topics session will have the following format:

6:30-6:45pm Presentation by students- introduction of themes, representative case

6:45-7:15pm Faculty lecture

7:15-7:30pm Questions & Answers

7:30-8:00pm Students present 2-3 thought provoking questions which are discussed in small groups and brought back to full group discussion

Contact the student leadership team or the course instructor with questions and to sign up: Jeremy Schwartz, MD, Caroline Bell (PA), Orli Segal (YSN), and Anishaa Sivakumar (YSM)





Lectures and Seminars
Nov 202130Tuesday
6:30 PM8:00 PM