Global Medicine (GMED) Program – 4 Week Longitudinal Elective

 PREREQUISITES: Must be a student in the Global Medicine (GMED) program and in good academic standing per College of Medicine Policies and Procedures.  Academic standing will be assessed annually through the College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs (OSA). A student in academic remediation is allowed to remediate any deficiencies and re-enter the course when deemed in good academic standing by OSA and by approval of the course director.


PURPOSE: Students will gain an in depth understanding of a global health (GH) topic which may include: global burden of disease and health care disparities, Millennium Development Goals, social and economic determinants of health, health care in low-resource settings, tropical medicine, ethics in global health, health care systems, environment and global health, disaster medicine, humanitarian relief, global health care policy; cultural beliefs and their impact on physician/patient interactions, alternative/complementary medicine, faith/religious issues as related to health, and global health literacy. 

After completing this elective students will be able to do the following:

  • Know a global health topic in depth
  • Conduct basic research skills such as perform a review of the medical literature and develop a global health area of focus or question to investigate
  • Improve oral and poster presentation skills as well as develop skills necessary to write an abstract to include background, methodology, results, and conclusions
  • Work collaboratively with GH faculty to develop a project from an idea to its completion as a formal oral presentation and written submission
  • Understand and overcome logistical issues in conducting GH research and scholarly work
  • Gain an appreciation and understanding of the challenges, risks, benefits and rewards of doing GH scholarly work.

Students learning activities are as follows:

  • Orientation with course director of capstone project requirements, timeline and roadmap at beginning of M1
  • Participation in two capstone speed networking events in M1 year with a minimum of 12-14 faculty involved in Global Health research and/or scholarly work to develop areas of GH focus and establish mentors
  • Participating in small group activities and lectures on GH topics throughout M1 to M4 year including journal clubs and book reviews
  • Prepare and develop a short oral presentation of GH topic of interest at end of M1 year
  • Faculty guidance in further developing GH topic of interest in M2 year with identification of faculty advisor for final capstone project
  • Poster presentation of GH topic of focus at the end of M2
  • Completion of preliminary literature review and finalization of capstone project under guidance of faculty advisor in M3 year
  • Creation of timeline for completion of project and addressing all logistical issues related to project under guidance with faculty advisor at the end of M3 year
  • Completion of project in M4 year culminating in formal oral presentation to GMED program and faculty in Center for Global Health as well as written submission of project at end of M4 year


ASSESSMENT: Students’ grade will be based upon the following: Participation in capstone orientation and speed networking events; Participation in small group and lecture activities on Global Health topics: Yearly feedback by course director to monitor completion of milestones; Oral presentation to the M -1 class; Poster presentation to M-2 class, Oral presentation and written submission of capstone project as M4 to entire GMED program and Global Health faculty; Exit interview by course director.


Program Number: ELEC 259

Location: UIC Center for Global Health
Program Director: Valerie Dobiesz, MD, MPH
E-Mail:  Telephone: 312-355-4371

Duration: 4 Weeks (Longitudinal)
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted Per Year: Min. 1 Max. 14
Housestaff Used as Faculty:
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact:

 8 lectures of 1.5 hours per year; 48 hours

4 small group activities of 3 hours per session every year; 48 hours

Laboratory/Independent Study:

Oral presentation and written abstract submission M1 year as independent study and small group activity; 16 hours

Poster presentation and written submission M2 year independent study and small group activity; 16 hours

Independent study of final capstone project in M3/M4 years to include literature review, development of project methodology, IRB approval if necessary, data collection, data and/or qualitative analysis, project conclusions and summary, written submission, mandatory meetings with faculty mentor, oral presentation; 32 hours

Outpatient: No
Inpatient: No
Total Hours /Week:

Reporting Instructions: For orientation and schedule, contact course director, Dr. V. Dobiesz (

KEY WORDS: Global Health, Oral and Poster presentations, Faculty Advising and Guidance, Speed networking events, Research Methodologies, Written Presentation, Small Group Activities

Approved: 3/20/13