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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 415B-Readings in Global Health
Track: International Health Track

Course Director: George Robert Parkerson, M.D.
Course Faculty: George Robert Parkerson, M.D.,Judy Levison, M.D.,Elizabeth Gail Montgomery Collins, M.D.,Anna Maria Mandalakas, M.D.,Rojelio Mejia, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 1,2,3,4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 99
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 2
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Tuesdays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The Global Health Track aims to help students obtain well- organized, high quality experiences in global health. Knowledge of global health problems and cultural competence are of extreme importance in modern medical practice. Readings in Global Health provides students the opportunity for more in-depth reading and discussion on any array of topics in global health. The format of the course is a monthly seminar, which focuses on a particular global health issue and is designed to foster student discussion on this issue, based on current literature. Students prepare for the seminar by reading articles previously assigned by a faculty mentor, who then leads the discussion on class. At the end of the course, students will participate in a Humanitarian Assistance Workshop, which gives students hands-on experience in a mock disaster relief effort. Begins in MS2 Term I and ends in MS3 Term IV
Learning Activities
At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1. Discuss global problems of health and illness, with focus on the developing world, using current information, 2. Describe existing health care organizations and systems that are involved in global health, including the scope of their services and their interactions.
Evaluation Methods
Class attendance, preparation, and participation in class discussions. Students must attend 80% of the class sessions and also the Humanitarian Assistance Workshop event to pass the course (i.e. students may miss no more than 2 sessions out of 9; all participants must attend the Humanitarian Assistance weekend event). Absences over two must be excused by the course director and must be compensated for by a two page written paper on the topic reviewed in the missed session.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
First Day of Class - Sept. 6th, 2016; Location: M321; Additional Meeting Dates: Tuesdays, 6p to 9p, Oct. 4th, Nov. 2nd, Jan. 10th and 17th, Feb. 7th, Mar. 7th, Apr. 4th, & May 2nd. With a 5 hour culminating event in May of 2017. This course Begins in Term 2 of MS2 year & ends in Term 4 of MS3 year.
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Adrienne Hudson
Contact Phone: 713-798-7760
Contact Fax: 713-798-7951
Contact Location:
Address: MC 300

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