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Pre-Departure Preparation

Thorough pre-departure preparation is essential to having a safe and enriching global health education experience. The Institute for Global Health’s orientation process provides resources and information to students and residents on issues such as global health ethics, personal health and safety, professionalism and cross-cultural competencies. 

Items Include: 

  • Attendance at Pre-Departure Seminars
  • Completion of entry requirements
  • Registration for safety and security resources
  • Submission of required waivers and attestations
  • Applying for funding awards
  • Completing an Analytic Memo and Introspection Paper
  • Reviewing important policies, guidelines, and the student handbook

Students who have been approved for rotations will be enrolled into the Feinberg Global Health Elective Canvas course, where they will be able to view, complete, and submit the Pre-Departure Requirements in their entirety. 

Supplemental Education Resources Online

There are many opportunities for medical trainees to prepare on their own time and the Institute for Global Health encourages Feinberg School of Medicine students to also review the online resources listed below. 

Consortium of Universities for Global Health

The Global Health Education Consortium teaching module web project aims to improve the quality and efficiency of global health education by providing high-quality modules on a wide variety of topics that students can review either on their own or in instructor-led courses. Almost 100 modules are available online on diverse topics, including global health policy, health systems, infectious and non-communicable diseases, vulnerable populations and working in resource-limited countries.

Johns Hopkins Berhman Institute of Bioethics: Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

This series of cases introduces trainees and others involved in global health research and service to ethical issues that may arise during short-term training experiences abroad. Being able to recognize and navigate these issues is critical for avoiding harm to communities as well as facilitating a long-term, productive collaboration for the betterment of global health. 

Unite for Sight:  Ethics, Quality and Equality Online Global Health Course

Unite for Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. The organization's online global health education modules apply best practice principles to ensure the maximum beneficial impact of any global health endeavor.

USAID Global Health eLearning Center

The Global Health eLearning Center developed by the USAID Bureau of Global Health is a response to repeated requests from field staff for access to technical public health information. We have heard from USAID Population, Health and Nutrition officers and from Foreign Service Nationals that they want to be current on global health topics, yet find it a challenge to obtain the information because of logistical and time constraints. The Global Health eLearning Center provides Internet-based courses that:

  • Provide useful and timely continuing education for health professionals
  • Offer state-of-the-art technical content on key public health topics
  • Serve as a practical resource for increasing public health knowledge

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