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Global Medicine (GMED) Program – UI Health

Updated: 8/15/18

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 poor academic standing is allowed to remediate any deficiencies and reenter the course when deemed in good academic standing by the OSA and by approval of the course director.


Students will gain an in depth understanding of global health (GH) topics which may include: global burden of disease and health care disparities, globalization of health, social and economic determinants of health, health care in low-resource settings, global human right, ethics in global health, health care systems, global environmental health, disaster and humanitarian response, sociocultural and political awareness, capacity strengthening, global health care policy, global health research, and global community engagement.

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

  • Achieve competency in the 11 domains identified by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health for the Basic-Operational Program-Oriented Level
  • Conduct basic research skills including doing a medical literature review, developing a global health area of focus or question to investigate, and implementing a global health mentored scholarly project
  • Improve oral and poster presentation skills as well as develop skills necessary to write a brief report, abstract, and final capstone paper including background, methodology, results, and conclusions
  • 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
  • Gain an understanding of global health policy issues and learn strategies for global health advocacy
  • Collaborate in multidisciplinary teams with global health stakeholders to advance research, policy, and practice goals
  • Assess health needs of global communities
  • Develop community-based health project plans and evaluation tools

Students learning activities are as follows:

  • Participating in interactive small group activities and lectures on GH topics throughout M1 to M4 years including didactics, journal clubs, book reviews, and documentary discussions
  • Participating 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 skills-based medical colloquia workshops focused on community engagement, global health research and scholarship, and global health advocacy
  • Conducting a literature review, developing a short oral presentation on GH topic of interest, and preparing a brief report at end of M1 year
  • Preparing a poster in a scientific format of GH topic of focus at the end of M2
  • Completing and submitting a scientific abstract to a global health educational conference at the end of M3 year
  • Completing a global health capstone project culminating in formal oral presentation as well as written submission of project at end of M4 year

Students’ grade will be based upon the following:

  • Participation in small group and lecture activities on global health topics, colloquia, skills-building workshops, and speed networking events
  • Yearly feedback by course director to monitor completion of milestones
  • Oral presentation and written report on global health topic
  • Scientific poster presentation
  • Scientific abstract preparation and submission
  • Oral presentation and written submission of capstone project as M4 to entire GMED program and Global Health faculty

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 259

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Stacey Chamberlain, MD, MPH
    Telephone: 312-355-4761

  • Program Information

    Location: UIC Center for Global Health

    Duration: 6 Weeks (Longitudinal)
    Night Call: No (however, there are 6 evening educational sessions in total during the M1-M2 years)
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted Per Year: Min. 1 Max. 12
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact:

    15 “Co-curricular” education sessions of 1.5 hours each: 22.5 hours
    2 global health faculty networking sessions of 1.5 hours each: 3 hours
    2 global health simulation based sessions of 2 hours each: 4 hours
    10 medical colloquia workshop break-out sessions (in addition to scheduled COM colloquia, these workshops are GMED-only working groups that would occur after selected regularly scheduled Friday colloquia) of 1.5 hours each: 15 hours
    6″Extra-curricular”evening seminars of 3 hours each: 18 hours
    3 Capstone presentation seminars of 3 hours each: 9 hours
    Quarterly global health faculty mentorship meetings of 1 hour each: 16 hours

    Laboratory/Independent Study:
    Assigned journal articles on global health topics: 15 hours
    Assigned books on global health cultural competency, economics of global aid, and global zoonotic infection: 30 hours
    Oral presentation and brief report submission M1 year as independent study and small group activity: 16 hours
    Poster presentation and written submission M2 year as independent study and small group activity: 16 hours
    Abstract preparation and submission M3 year as 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 and final paper: 80 hours

    Outpatient: No
    Inpatient: No

  • Reporting Instructions

    For orientation and schedule, contact course director, Dr. Chamberlin,