How to Incorporate Global Health into Your Curriculum/Course


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The presentation will discuss strategies to incorporate key global health concepts into an existing course/ curriculum. Strategies will include information on potential guest lecturers, online sources for content and modules currently being developed by the university’s Global Health Initiatives Committee. We will also discuss the local aspects of global (“glocal”) and emphasize that global health is not just about traveling internationally.

Harsh Sule, MD, MPP

Dr. Sule is Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Residency Director. He serves as Co-Chair of the University's Global Health Initiatives Committee and is also Director of International Emergency Medicine for his department with current work in Sierra Leone and China. His previous experience includes working in Azerbaijan for International Medical Corps as Medical Director and then Country Director from 2006-07.

Nicholas Leon, PharmD

Dr. Leon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Thomas Jefferson School of Pharmacy. His direct patient care responsibilities include serving as an ambulatory care clinical specialist at the Penn Center for Primary Care where he provides a number of pharmacy disease state management services. Dr. Leon currently serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. Additionally, Dr. Leon currently serves as a pro bono pharmacist for Global Medical Brigades in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and is board certified in pharmacotherapy and ambulatory care.



1. Understand that education on global health concepts is demanded by the student body, and how it relates to a variety of courses already taught on campus. Relevant concepts include Health & Equity, Role of culture in healthcare, Healthcare delivery systems, Disaster preparedness and response, Communicable and non-communicable diseases, Women’s and children’s health, and Nutrition and mental health.

2. Understand that involvement and improvements in global health require multi-disciplinary involvement and are not limited to international work (the “local” in “glocal”)

3. Identify strategies to incorporate these global health concepts into existing coursework, especially using the upcoming Mobile Interactive Courseware Platform.

4. Identify risks/benefits associated with global health service opportunities such that they may appropriately guide and mentor students interested in such opportunities.

5. Identify strategies to help students structure their global health activities so that they are mindful of ethical issues and maximize their scholarly potential

Presentation: 46 minutes

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