Integration of Global Health into the Curriculum

MSIH Medical School for International Health global health classGlobal 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 2014-15 academic year are:

Theatrical Skills and Medical Clowning, by Dr. A Ravi and Mr. Tawil

Aging, by Dr. A. Mark Clarfield

Disaster Relief, by Dr. Bruria Adini

International Child Health, by Dr. Boaz Porter

Women's Health, by Dr. D. Flescher

Medicine and Literature, by Dr.O Kumniova

Tuberculosis, by Dr. Mick Alkan

Nutrition, by Dr.Richard Deckelbaum

Neglected Tropical Diseases, by Dr. Zvi Bentwich

Birth as a Human Rights Issue, by Ms. Shayne Bergner

Culture and Health in the Middle East, by Dr. Aref Abu Rabia


Modules for the 2013-14 academic year are:

Travel Medicine, by Dr. Inbal Fuchs


Culture and Health in the Middle East by Professor Abu Rabia, MD


Theatrical skills and medical clowning, VS language and cultural barriers by Amnon Raviv and Yoel Tawil


Poverty and Health by Professor Marie Feuerstein, MD


Women's Health by Dr. Diana Flescher


Disaster Relief by Professor Mick Alkan, MD


Nutrition by MSIH-CU Director Richard Deckelbaum, MD


Medicine Literature by Dr. Olga Kuminova


Birth as a Human Rights Issue by Dr. Sheyne Berger


Malaria by Professor Mick Alkan, MD


Neglected Tropical Diseases by Professor Zvi Bentwich, MD



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.

During Years I and II, Global Health is also 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.

Year III
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 eight-week Global Health clinical clerkship that takes place in Year IV.

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, and one month at a rural primary healthcare center. 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:
Faculty from Ben-Gurion University and Columbia University
Visiting faculty from institutions affiliated with Ben-Gurion University and Columbia University
Practitioners in the field of IHM from organizations in global health and relief services
Leaders in health care policy-making and planning from around the world


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