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Topics In Global Medicine and Health

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 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:

  • Appreciate the spectrum of globally important health issues affecting persons and communities in resource-limited settings.
  • Identify the major principles and challenges of providing health care in resource-limited settings.
  • Appreciate the importance of public health interventions in dealing with 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 (MD), 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:

At the first session, interested students will be asked to sign up for a presentation slot.

Course Schedule:

Day/Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning in September of each academic year.

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.

YSM Global Health Concentration Fulfillment and YSN Global Health Track Fulfillment

This course will satisfy one of the course requirements for the Global Health Track for the YSM Certificate in Global Medicine and YSPH Global Health Concentration, if the student attends at least 75% of the sessions. YSN students must also submit a 10-page scholarly paper exploring one of the issues discussed in class.

Yale PA Program

This course will satisfy the needed preparation to participate in international rotations.


We urge all course participants to attend the course as regularly as possible. Poor attendance reflects poorly on the course in the eyes of faculty speakers. Additionally, strong attendance will make the interactive aspect of the course highly rewarding. Those students taking the course for credit must achieve the attendance rate designated by their program.

Course Leadership

The Course Director is Dr. Fabian Laage Gaupp, Assistant Professor in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Yale School of Medicine.

Course Senior Faculty Advisor is Dr. Jeremy Schwartz, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) at Yale School of Medicine.

The Student Leadership team is selected annually from interested students in the represented programs.