Online Program

Envisioning the Future for the Global Health Professional

Saturday, October 31, 2015 : 11:35 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Sharon Rudy, PhD, Global Health Fellows Program - 11, Public Health Institute, Washington, DC
This presentation will focus on public health practice within the global context, focusing on activities both domestic and abroad. Interactive exercises will be incorporated to emphasize the power of values and culture in international development and, in particular, global health. Participants will be taken through various small group activities to help them pull up unspoken values related to differences such as gender, power, outsider/insider dynamic. These scenarios will offer an increased understanding of the role these aspects play in global health work. Case examples will also showcase innovative ideas in the field. Through these discussions and exercises participants will be privy to the skills and knowledge needed in the field thus helping participants to recognize the applicability of their public health course work in “real life” scenarios. The presentation is aligned with the overall goal of this course which is to help students hone their public health leadership skills to be effective assets to global health work. This session will incorporate information gathered from the “Summit on the Future of the American Global Health Professional”. In the Summit key representatives of three segments of the global health industry convened including the schools and universities who train, teach and prepare people coming into the field of global health, the non-profit, for-profit public and private sector companies and organizations who hire and in which many global health professionals implement their work and the donors and governments who fund the work and whose strategic vision influences the course of global health. Outcomes from this meeting included showcasing real world competencies that represent all three perspectives and ways to ensure diversity of the American global health professional. All of which frame this training for the participants.

Students will participate in group exercises where they are presented with a scenario regarding a global health issue and have to identify ways in which they will respond based on what was covered during the didactic portion of the course as well as from their individual and collective experience. Ultimately, the session will prompt students to start thinking of potential ways they can impact the field of global health

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Define Global Public Health Explain common but challenging scenarios in implementing global health work

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have spent the last 25 years working in Global Health. This included two stints at two academic institutions, living and working overseas, program design, implementation and evaluation. I have been in leadership positions of global health projects for the past 15 years. Specifically, I have led USAID's efforts to develop the next generation of global health professionals. This role provided me with both a grounded perspective in practical career planning.
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.