Fall: IDPT 5200: Introduction to Global Health (formerly IDPT 6665)
This one-credit course is designed to introduce clinicians in training to critical topics in global health. The course consists of lectures given and group discussions led by experts in a variety of global health-¬‐related diseases, public health priorities, and health policy issues. This includes:
- Sustainable Development Goals
- Health Organizations and Structure
- Maternal and Infant Mortality
- Women’s Health
- Surgery in low-resource settings
- Communicable/ Infectious Diseases
- Oral Health
Spring: IDPT 5012: Introduction to Global Health Research (formerly IDPT 6669: Global Health Seminar)
- This seminar series is open to medical students and CHA/PA students in the Global Health Track. Topics include pre-travel health and safety considerations, ethical issues in global health, human rights and health, as well as research and philosophical tools for culturally appropriate care in a sustainable fashion.
- The class is required of Global Health Track Students. The University of Colorado requires that all medical students planning a global health project for their MSA be in the global health track and participate in this course.
Another objective of the class is to prepare the students to complete the Mentored Scholarly Activity (MSA) in global health. Students will have individual meetings with the global health track director to work towards this goal, formulate an MSA plan that is approved by the track director, and organize work towards the MSA for the summer between first and second years. For most students, the work will include travel to another country to participate in a global health project. For the few who cannot travel due to financial or personal constraints, a global health-based project will be pursued domestically (literature review, population-based or epidemiological studies, refugee health work). Second year track students also present their previous summer MSA work to the class.
Summer: Longitudinal project within global health, either abroad or domestically. 4-8 weeks minimum. Includes registration for:
- IDPT 6667: Global Health Studies (domestic projects)
- IDPT 5091: (If completing an MSA requirement and using financial aid)
This experience, as described above, will be completed as part of the MSA requirement. Project sites generally are those currently offered and vetted through the University of Colorado School of Medicine and/or Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Students must identify both on-site and local mentors and register with the University of Colorado's Office of International Affairs to ensure safety and security while abroad (this includes travel insurance, liability coverage, and registering with the State Department). Student may elect to pursue a project that is not offered through the University specifically but this will require approval by the Deans office (medical students) or PA program director (CHA/PA program), the track director, and the Office of International Affairs.