The Graduate Certificate in Global Medicine offers a structured continuum of global health education for University of Utah medical students and an academic record of coherent accomplishment in the growing field of global health. Over a 4 year period, medical students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Global Medicine are expected to be able to:
Global Burden & Determinants of Disease
- Describe the status and trends global causes of mortality and morbidity for various age groups and genders as well as the metrics for measuring health outcomes;
- Compare and contrast the burden of these outcomes between major regions of the world;
- Describe the major determinants that influence health outcomes of individuals and populations in low- and middle-income countries, including regional and global social, political, environmental, and economic determinants.
Global Health Governance & Health Systems
- Describe the basic models for health systems in low- and middle-income countries, including payer systems and contributions for both the public and private sectors;
- Discuss how global health systems and governance structure impact health systems from the perspectives of individual nations, intergovermental organizations (e.g., World Health Organization, World Bank), governmental organizations (e.g., USAID), non-governmental organizations (e.g., Save the Children), public-private partnerships (e.g., Global Fund to Fight AIDs, TB & Malaria) and non-state actors (e.g., Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Doctors Without Borders).
Clinical Medicine & Public Health
- Identify and describe the risk factors, signs and symptoms for common causers of mortality or morbidity that facilitate diagnosis and therapy in low-resource settings and discuss how resource limitations impact care quality and health outcomes as well as interventions and integrated strategies that have been demonstrated to subtantially improve individual and/or special population's (e.g., refugees) health in low-resource settings, especially in regards to malnutrition, trauma, diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.
Travel Health & Best Practices of Global Health Engagement, Partnership & Research
- Prepare for and complete a safe, secure and ethically-sound global health education experience in an international setting;
- Demonstrate aptitude in locating and applying information related to travel health, personal safety and security;
- Apply ethical concerpts to address common conundrums that occur during international education activities and cross cultural encounters, including clinical and research activities.
Patient Care (Clinical Track)
- Identify and integrate contextually-appropriate resources (e.g., manuals, guidelines and other resources) with on's existing knowledge and skills to demonstrate high standards of competency and professionalism while participating in clinical care during a global health elective in a low-resource setting;
- Describe the impact of the experience on one's personal and professional development.
Research (Scholarship Track)
- Engage in mentored global health scholarship by participating in research in a global setting;
- Define their intellectual contribution to the research activity, including their contribution to the study background/literature review, methods, analysis and the interpretation/conclusion(s) gleaned from the research;
- Present their findings in a formal setting, including either an abstract or poster presented at a scientific conference or a scientific article submitted for publication.
Communication & Collaboration
- Demonstrate strong communication and collaboration skills by working with a multi-disciplinary group of peers to accomplish a goal-directed activity over a sustained period of time.