Online Program

Building standards and best practices: Global health experiences for pre-health students

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Karen Gieseker, PhD, MS, Child Family Health International, San Francisco, CA
Tricia Todd, MPH, Health Careers Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Global Health Education is a field of extreme growth in recent years- this growth has led to many opportunities and challenges. Pre-health students are engaging in global health experiences of many varieties. This session will discuss the unique challenges of pre-health students placed in global clinical and public health settings, as well as established standards and best practices aimed at this group specifically. We will discuss ethical issues, ethical best practices, the need for explicit program structure, as well as pearls for partnership and communication to support these students. We will review efforts and discuss next steps to develop appropriate learning competencies. This session will highlight the NGO, academic, and professional organization sectors' roles in these efforts. Information about useful tools, such as The University of Minnesota Health Careers Center and Learning Abroad Center online Module –Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety, will be provided for the audience. This promises to be a dynamic session that will encourage idea and resource sharing.

Learning Areas:

Clinical medicine applied in public health
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Define the unique ethical, logistical, and educational challenges of pre-health students taking part in global health opportunities; Describe the tangible and intangible 'infrastructure' necessary to clarify the role of pre-health students at learners in international settings.; Identify existing peer-reviewed standards for pre-health students and current best practices; Identify opportunities to collaborate between public health, medical education, study abroad, and other stakeholders; Discuss next steps for appropriate adaptation of competencies for pre-health learners.

Keyword(s): Global Education, Ethics

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Assistant Director with the Health Careers Center at the University of Minnesota and an instructor in the Public Health Practice. Tricia teaches Global Health Challenges for Future Health Professionals, and is involved in developing study-abroad opportunities for pre-med and pre-public health students. Tricia led the development of the online training tool “Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety”. This tool outlines ethical and professional responsibility of pre-health students when participating in a learning abroad experience.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.