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Global Health

I. Overview

MS* Global Health splash image
Start DateSeptember 23, 2013
End DateDecember 9, 2013
Credit HoursNone (non-credit elective)

Globalization has linked world populations geographically, economically, and socially, creating multicultural communities at local and global levels. Physicians must be prepared to serve patients who differ from them in ethnicity, language, education, socioeconomic status, and cultural beliefs. Sensitivity to cultural differences helps physicians communicate more effectively with patients from diverse backgrounds and, thus, provide better care for them. Therefore, developing skills to better understand different medical and cultural belief systems is essential for medical students and residents.

This course will provide students with a basic foundation of knowledge regarding concepts of international health and measures of population health. Topics covered include the impacts of politics and environment on healthcare, the character of patient-doctor relationships across various cultures, the contributions of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to healthcare in developing countries, and the ethics of global health.

II. Contact Information

Nora Gimpel, M.D.
Course Director
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E-Mail: (Contact)
Office: RB 6.652
Telephone: (214) 648-0768
Mail Code: 9165
Fax: (214) 358-3708
Patti Pagels, P.A.
Co-Director
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Office: RB 6.652
Telephone: (214) 648-1301
Mail Code: 9165
Fax: (214) 358-3708
John Fullinwider
Co-Director
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Office: E 2.314
Telephone: (214) 648-3801
Mail Code: 9049
Fax: (214) 648-3007
Lillian Niwagaba, Ph.D.
Co-Director
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Office: B 4.306
Telephone: (214) 648-2545
Mail Code: 8507
Betty Shaw
Education Coordinator
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E-Mail: (Contact)
Office: K 1.208
Telephone: (214) 648-9176
Mail Code: 9139
Fax: (214) 648-3036