Integrating global health with medical education

Alex Aulakh*, Sam Tweed, Jolene Moore, Wendy Graham

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Globalisation has implications for the next generation of doctors, and thus for medical education. Increasingly, global health is being taught in medical schools, although its incorporation into an already full curriculum presents challenges. Global health was introduced into the MBChB curriculum at the University of Aberdeen through a student-selected component (SSC) as part of an existing medical humanities block. The Global Health and Humanities (GHH) module was first delivered in the autumn of 2013 and will shortly enter its third year.
METHODS
This student-led study used quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the module's appropriateness and effectiveness for strengthening learning on global health, consisting of online surveys for course participants and semi-structured interviews with faculty members.
RESULTS
Integrating global health into the undergraduate medical curriculum by way of an SSC was regarded by teaching staff as an effective and realistic approach. A recognised strength of delivering global health as part of the medical humanities block was the opportunity to expose students to the social determinants of health through interdisciplinary teaching. Participating students all agreed that the learning approach strengthened both their knowledge of global health and a range of generic skills.
DISCUSSION
SSCs are, by definition, self-selecting, and will have a tendency to attract students already with an interest in a topic - here global health. A wide range of learning opportunities is needed to integrate global health throughout medical curricula, and to reach all students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalThe Clinical Teacher
Volume14
Issue number2
Early online date8 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Integrating global health with medical education'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this