Local/Global Health Equity Seminar Series Elective

EMD E 6J | 4th Year Elective | Emergency Medicine | Clinical Science

Course Description

Through participation in the Local – Global Health Equity seminar series, students will gain an understanding of the environmental, social, cultural, political, economic and health system determinants of the health of individuals and population groups both in the US and abroad. The course will emphasize the frameworks of human rights and social justice and employ the Social Determinants/Ecologic model to examine health and health care systems in the US and around the world. We will study health and health care disparities in the US and abroad, and endeavor to identify evidence-based interventions to address disparities at the personal, community, and policy levels. The Seminar Series will introduce UF medical school students to others working collaboratively in public health or global health settings and/or pursuing a career of clinical service, research, teaching, or policy- making to address the needs of underserved populations

Course Faculty and Staff

Meeting Place and Time

The Local/Global Health Equity Seminar series meets on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 PM in the HMEB. The seminar series was developed as a component of the Local/Global Health Equity Discovery Pathway and complements the L/GHET MSRP.

Course Materials

Course materials will be distributed before each class electronically. They will consist of textbook chapters, journal articles and review of online resources as appropriate to facilitate each week’s discussion.

Additional Information

• To ground students in the ecologic/social determinants model of health and health care using a human rights and social justice framework.
• To provide students with the knowledge and skills to evaluate health and health care needs of populations in low resource settings.
• To prepare students to collaborate in local and global health projects with the goal of serving individual and community health needs through discovery, clinical care, health
education, and advocacy.
• To empower and prepare students to work across language and cultural differences in low resource settings in the US and abroad.

Local and Global Health Equity Track Competencies
• Understand the basic philosophic and conceptual frameworks for the study of social determinants of health including the ecologic model and the human rights and social justice frameworks.
• Be knowledgeable of major determinants of health in low resource settings and local, national or international interventions to address health determinants (e.g., UN Millennium Development Goals or the US Global Health Initiative)
• Understand how local, national, and global trends in healthcare practice, commerce and culture contribute to the health of populations, as well as the quality and availability of healthcare locally and internationally
• Demonstrate an understanding of barriers to health and healthcare in low-resource settings and evidence- based healthcare delivery strategies in low-resource settings, especially the role of community-based healthcare and primary care models
• Demonstrate an understanding of cultural and ethical issues in working with underserved populations
• Acquire understanding of clinical skills necessary to provide care for patients with a wide range of health problems in resource-poor settings.