To improve health equity in sustainable ways, our global health resident physicians, fellows, and faculty need to demonstrate competency in domains including capacity strengthening, collaboration, program management, strategic analysis, social justice, and ethics, among others. The program offers two tracks: Global Health Advocates and Global Health Scholars. Global Health Advocates are invited to participate in the global health educational curriculum and approved international field experiences. Global Health Scholars complete a global health educational curriculum and a scholarly project, receive dedicated mentorship, and are eligible to apply for project funding. This curriculum is intended to enhance the training of our global health residents and faculty to translate knowledge into action in order to promote health equity.
|Global Health Advocates||Global Health Scholars|
Didactic Curriculum: The didactic curriculum of the global health graduate training program will be offered on a rotating basis over 2 years and targets global health competencies identified by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH; Jogerst et al, 2015). Residents and early career faculty will gain knowledge in basic global health concepts, attain exposure to ethical and cultural aspects of global health program-building, and strengthen skills in partnership building and conducting ethical global health research. The curriculum is designed to be completed over 2-3 years; didactic sessions will be offered on a rotating basis over 2 years. An outline of the proposed curriculum is shown below.
|GH Seminar Series||Quarterly: September, December, February, April|
|UIC Global Health Colloquium Sessions||First Wednesday at noon of every month (Sept-May)|
|Journal Club||Biannual: October, March|
|Mentorship for Global Scholars||Ongoing, but required GH mentor report form completed twice a year|
|Field rotation (can be international or local)||Scheduled on case by case basis. Requires approval from department and from CGH|
|Scholarly product for Global Scholars (abstract, manuscript, program proposal, etc)||Due May of graduating year of residency/fellowship. Due May of year expecting certificate for early career faculty.|
Global Health Seminar Series: The quarterly Global Health Seminar Series is intended to provide learners with a deeper understanding of global health by focusing on real life application of concepts and methods. The sessions are designed to meet all competencies outlined by CUGH as well as high-yield research topics in global health. Participants, particularly those with no global health experience, will attend an initial session that covers foundational topics in global health, such as burden of disease, a review of noncommunicable vs communicable diseases, and the relationship between health and human rights. The remaining sessions will build upon these foundational topics to give learners a master’s level knowledge of global health topics, such as ethics in global health, capacity building, humanitarian emergencies, program evaluation, and implementation science.
Participants will be assigned multimedia learning activities (either a short video or 1-2 reading assignments) to be completed before the in-person sessions. Sessions will be structured as 2 hour sessions with short lectures with the majority of class time reserved for discussion and completion of case-based exercises, writing activities, or simulation. Due to the interactive nature of these sessions, in-person attendance is ideal; however, lectures will be recorded and available for those unable to attend in person. Additionally, these sessions may be reformatted as webinars or other web-based learning in the event in-person classes are not permitted.
Journal Clubs: Biannual journal clubs will be presented by Global Health Scholars with CGH faculty support. Journal club presenters are encouraged to select topics that are relevant to global health but not necessarily to one specialty, such as program implementation, current events in global health, and program evaluation.
The UIC Global Health Colloquium Sessions: CGH hosts a monthly global health series (September to May) in collaboration with the UIC College of Nursing and School of Public Health. These sessions feature guest speakers from a variety of disciplines who share expertise across various aspects of global health practice, including program implementation, capacity building, and clinical programs. Attending these sessions allows participants to meet and learn from a variety of experts in global health.
Experiential Learning: Learners will participate in local or international learning experiences. Participants will submit field elective proposals to their departments and CGH for approval.