Our vision is to show that the determinants of health are global. Today, emerging health concerns demand global solutions which challenge the boundaries and sovereignty of the nation-state and involve new sets of actors and networks. Using practical experience, anthropological theories and case-based lectures, our aim is to identify the social, political and economic factors that comprise current global health issues. As a class, we examine how these factors together make up the causes of the causes of disease and prevent equity in health and access to healthcare.

As healthcare providers we believe that working towards equity in health and access to healthcare is as much our responsibility as the pharmacological treatment of disease.

Course Description
Global Health teaching should fire the imagination and take medical students out of the classroom and into the local community. This is exactly what we plan to do. Students pairs, attached to MSIH faculty and physicians will visit a patient and their family in pairs and explore cultural and social determinants of health. Israel’s history and diversity provide an excellent laboratory for the study of Global Health in the wider world.

Course Objectives
During the course, students are encouraged to study local communities and devise effective interventions to improve health. These may not be explicit medical interventions. Together we shall examine the personal, cultural, social, economic and political determinants of health.

In semester one we will ask how to people manage their health? What do they perceive are the determinants of their health? In semester two we will ask how to people access healthcare? What can be done to improve equity in health and access to healthcare?
The purpose of the course is to develop student knowledge of Global Health through the patients and communities they encounter

  • engage in discourse about the determinants of health
  • devise solutions to poor health and poor healthcare
  • Understand the interaction between the personal, cultural, social, economic and political factors in delivering healthcare and maintaining healthy populations

Teaching Methods
1. Practical curriculum – in semester one students work in pairs and meet supervising Global Health physicians practicing in and around Beer Sheva. Students see their patient with their supervisor and follow up the patient (meeting their family and community). They discuss their experience with their supervisor and write up their patient’s story as a Global Health case report.
2. Classroom sessions - 45 minute lectures in semester one introduces students to the diverse communities in and around Beer Sheva, and teaches the knowledge and skills required to interview patients, families and communities. Important topics in Global Health are introduced as the course continues, and in semester two we examine these topics through real cases. The topics of lectures timetabled are subject to change as this is a dynamic course that is continuously evaluated according ongoing student feedback and the diverse learning environments students encounter.

You will need your laptops and internet for all classroom sessions.

3. Case-based learning – both practical work and lectures employ real cases to discuss and the origins, effects and potential solutions to Global Health problems.

Semester one:
1. Practical placement: alternate week case based discussions about patients and family with supervisor – 6 case based discussions per student pair between 26th August and 30th November (30% grade)
2. Global Health case report (written assignment) – a written report of the case you discuss in your case based discussions (40 % grade) deadline 30th November.
(The aim is to publish this report and every Wednesday afternoon of the course from week 3, we shall go through drafts of the case reports together. Look at the reports published by MSIH students last year as a guide. Deadline 30th November

Semester two:
1. Discuss/debate Global Health issues arising from case reports in semester one (30% grade)
2. End of course MCQ assessment mandatory
3. The cases for discussion and debate in semester two are chosen by the students from the cases written up in semester one. All the class gets to hear and discuss the issues arising from the cases and Global Health topics are, therefore, discussed in context.

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