Global Health coursework is incorporated within the standard four-year medical curriculum as follows:
The four-week orientation program includes an overview of Israeli cultures and geography with emphasis on the populations and medical services in the Negev region of Israel. Students are also introduced to global health, medical ethics and emergency medicine and language skills.
Years I and II
First-year students take the full-year Clinical and Global Medicine course, which includes a formal introduction to global health and medicine. Subjects covered include:
Introduction to Global Health and Medicine
History of global health and current global health players
The global burden of disease and determinants of health
Introduction to Healthcare systems
The Israeli healthcare system
Global health economics
Nutrition and food sciences
Health policy and communication skills
MSIH global health modules (see list below)
Global Health modules are taught in a two-year cycle. Four 8 to 12 hour modules are taught each year. Each student is required to complete four modules of their choice by the end of Year II. Modules for the 2012-13 academic year are:
Neglected Tropical Diseases, by Professor Zvi Bentwich
International Health Promotion, by Professor Diane Levin-Zamir, PhD, MPH
International Health Organizations, by Dr. Esther Guluma, PhD, MSc
Birth as a Human Rights Issue, by Sheyne Bergner, BA, CNM
Literature and Medicine , by Dr. Olga Kumnova, Professor Gerda Elata-Alster, Professor Barbara Hochman, and Dr. Diana Flescher
Travel Medicine, by Dr. Inbal Fuchs
Nutrition, by MSIH-CU Director Richard Deckelbaum, MD, CM, FRCPC
Anatomy of Urban Health for the Poor and Underserved, by Dr. Marie Therese Feuerstein
Gender Medicine/Women's Health, by Dr. Diana Flescher
HIV/AIDS, by Professor Michael Alkan
Theatrical skills and Medical Clowning VS Language and cultural barriers, by Amnon Raviv and Yoel Tawil
Health Inequalities - Local and International Perspectives, by Dr. Nadav Davidovitch
Global Aspects of Women's Health
As part of this course, students also develop their cross-cultural communication skills through weekly visits to health care facilities serving Israel’s diverse communities, such as the Bedouin, Ethiopian and Russian immigrants, and kibbutzim.
Some of the modules offered for the 2011-2012 academic year were:
Birth as a Human Rights Issue
International Child Health
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Modules offered for the 2010-11 academic year were:
The Global Health Forum Lecture Series is presented by distinguished visiting professionals. Recent topics have included:
During Years I and II, Global Health is integrated in the standard medical school curriculum of basic science courses and courses in body systems with the insertion of material pertinent to Global Health in lesser developed countries and populations.
Clerkships in clinical medicine during Year III include exposure to diverse populations and various medical facilities, such as major medical centers, community clinics, and mobile units serving remote desert communities.
A two-day intensive workshop (developed by students) in cross-cultural medicine emphasizes communications skills and awareness of cultural diversity.
Students also complete an introduction and preparation for the two-month Global Health clinical clerkship that takes place in Year IV.
The Global Health elective clerkship is a supervised two-month elective in a lesser-developed region of the world consisting of a one-month clinical rotation (with local students) at a university teaching hospital, one month at a rural primary healthcare center, and completion of a supervised research project that addresses a relevant community health issue. The Global Health elective clerkship takes place between mid-January and mid-March of Year IV.
Participants in the teaching and ongoing development of the Global Health curriculum include: