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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 13 through December 6, excluding November 22


In person*: All sessions: Location TBD

Zoom: Hybrid option will be provided for those that cannot attend in person

*May change depending upon University COVID policy and student feedback/preferences

Session Format

Each collaborative Topics session will have the following format:

6:30-7:00pm Presentation by students- introduction of themes, representative case(s)

7:00-7:30pm Faculty lecture

7:30-8:00pm Questions & Answers

Contact the student leadership team or the course instructor with questions and to sign up: Fabian Laage Gaupp, MD, Arielle Richey Levine, Marielle Quinn, and Erik Schaefer.



Faculty speaker

Week 1- Sept 13

Orientation, Introduction to global health

Fabian Laage Gaupp, Assistant Professor in Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Week 2- Sept 20

Pediatric Infectious Disease in Global Health

Marietta Vázquez, Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics), Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health, Pediatric Global Health Director

Week 3- Sept 27

Neurosurgery Capacity Building

Steven Schiff, Vice Chair for Global Health in Surgery

Week 4- Oct 4

General Surgery Capacity Building

Maija Cheung, Pediatric Surgery

Week 5- Oct 11

Community health workers: capacity building in Nicaragua

Patricia Ryan-Krause, Professor Emerita of Nursing

Week 6- Oct 18

Developing global capacity for kidney disease

Frederic Finkelstein, voluntary faculty, nephrologist

Week 7- Oct 25

Nutrition and Tuberculosis

Pranay Sinha, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Medical Center

Week 8- Nov 1



Week 9- Nov 8

Refugees, forced displacement, and global migration

Hani Mowafi, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Week 10- Nov 15

The Trauma of Trauma

Adrienne Socci, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

Week 11- Nov 29

Communicable diseases and health equity: slum health in Brazil

Albert Ko, Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine

Week 12- Dec 6

Global Health Case Competition

Fabian Laage Gaupp, Assistant Professor in Vascular and Interventional Radiology





Lectures and Seminars
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