Distinction in Global Health

Distinction in Global Health

The Distinction in Global Health Track (DIGH) introduces students to various aspects and perspectives of global health through the lenses of clinical, social, political, and epidemiological study. Students will develop a portfolio of participation through engaging in multiple global health learning activities to enhance their knowledge and cross-cultural involvement. The track also provides support to all learners in the medical and nursing schools interested in global health through open lectures for all to attend and guidance on international rotations opportunities.

Purpose

The Distinction in Global Health offers an educational track that introduces medical students to an in-depth review of global health through learning modules, critical reflection, lectures, and scholarly projects.  Students will receive a DIGH Certificate upon successful completion of their portfolio activities.

Objective

The DIGH track will:

  • Increase students’ exposure to the field of global health including academic, philanthropic and career opportunities.
  • Expand students’ knowledge of global burden of disease, health equity, social determinants of disease and other aspects of global health.
  • Promote students’ understanding of regional and local health disparities and the role of the physician in healthcare for the underserved.
  • Develop students’ abilities to compassionately confront the communication barriers and ethical uncertainties that arise when performing clinical or research work in another culture or low-resource setting.
  • Foster engagement with global health issues in an academically productive manner.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary involvement between the School of Medicine and other U of L entities to promote University-wide global health endeavors.
  • Explore local and international intercultural partnerships to strengthen U of L’s engagement with the world and build up the capacity for the University to meet the student’s desires for cross-cultural involvement.

Student Outcomes

  • Attend monthly lectures related to specific global health topics of interest
  • Learn critical appraisal skills through exploring the global health literature together
  • Use critical reflection to personally process thought provoking issues in global health
  • Increase their capacity to work as scholars through information sessions on library skills, IRB and research techniques, etc
  • Complete self-paced Topics in International Health learning modules
  • Create a specific global health mentored scholarly project
  • Disseminate their work through presentation at a national or regional global health conference or other appropriate venue

Criteria for Selection

The Distinction in Global Health Track selection at the UofL SOM is highly competitive. Students who are interested in the Global Health track are encouraged to attend the 1st year Global Health lectures during the fall semester and attend global health student interest group activities.

Application Process

Applications will be disseminated at the end of the first semester with interviews being held and decisions made by the end of January of the MS1 year.

Curriculum

M1

  • Contact and meet with assigned U of L Faculty Mentor within 1 month of assignment to determine possible themes/options for DIGH scholarly project.
  • Attend GH noon lectures – 2 per month, a total of 8 lectures during the spring semester
  • Students may begin fulfilling their mandatory eLearning requirement as soon as they have been accepted into the GH Distinction Track.
  • Consider using Summer Break time for international activity or development of DIGH scholarly project
  • Complete 1st DIGH Critical Reflection Piece and submit for review to the Director of the DIGH by September 1st (1st semester of 2nd year).
  • Participate in Global Health Student Interest Group (recommended throughout medical school)

M2

  • Complete 1st DIGH Critical Reflection Piece and submit for review to the Director of the DIGH by September 1st.
  • Attend Global Health noon lectures, twice monthly, 8 per semester (many also available through Tegrity)
  • Meet with assigned Faculty Mentor at least 2 times during the fall semester
  • Complete 2nd DIGH Critical Reflection Piece, submit for review to the Director of the DIGH
  • Plan third year clerkship schedule with up to 4 weeks available for an away rotation
  • Meet with assigned Faculty Mentor at least 2 times regarding DIGH Scholarly Project in the Spring:
  • Submit final version of Formal Outline for DIGH scholarly project to Faculty Mentor and Director of the DIGH by end of second year (with references and to-do list of things needed to complete project)
  • Complete 3rd DIGH Critical Reflection and submit for review to the Director of the DIGH

M3

  • Continue to attend DIGH lectures/skills workshops/Journal clubs as able (Tegrity when not able)
  • Global Health eLearning:  continue fulfilling mandatory eLearning requirements when able to work into academic schedule.
  • Meet with Faculty Mentor at least 2 times during the fall semester, continue working on DIGH Scholarly Project
    • Collection of data
    • Data analysis
    • Write 1st drafts of Context, Results and Recommendations sections
    • Write 2nd and 3rd drafts of Introduction/Background , Methods, and Bibliography sections
  • Meet with DIGH Director, or Faculty Mentor prior to and after any away rotation
    • Complete 4th DIGH Critical Reflection Piece by the end of 3rd year, submit for review to the Director of the DIGH
    • Submit proposed 4th year clerkship schedule to Director of the DIGH including any proposed away rotations
    • Discuss residency options with Faculty Mentor or Director of the DIGH

M4

  • Finalize data collection and data analysis
  • Write 2nd and 3rd drafts of Context, Results and Recommendations sections
  • Write final drafts of Introduction/Background, Methods, and Bibliography sections
  • Consider an international activity/experience
  • Meet with the DIGH Director, or Faculty Mentor prior to and after any away rotation
  • Submit all post-experience paperwork to Faculty Mentor by the due date
  • Continue to attend DIGH lectures/skills workshops/Journal clubs as able (Tegrity when not able)
  • Global Health eLearning:  continue fulfilling mandatory eLearning requirements when able to work into academic schedule.
  • DIGH Scholarly Project is due by April 1st in final format (paper and electronic copies are required):
    • Complete 5th and final DIGH Critical Reflection Piece by April 1st
    • Submit for review to the Director of the DIGH
  • Consider attending the annual conference of any of the above Global Health organizations
  • Meet with the DIGH Director for the DIGH formal exit meeting

Faculty and Mentors