Background: Despite many health professionals' interest in international health activities, few schools of medicine offer any formal program in international health. In this paper we offer some essential elements to be considered when developing a clinically oriented, international health curriculum and program in an academic setting. Definition: We define the discipline of international health as: 'the process of helping enhance the health of diverse populations in their own cultural context, encompassing the multiple environmental, social, political, and biologic factors involved'. Developing an International Health Curriculum: Based on our experiences and on the published experiences of several others we propose objectives, core content topics, and teaching methods. Ideally, the curriculum should be linked with the opportunity for an international clinical experience, and a defined advisory process should be available to guide interested students through international experiences. Selecting a Community/Clinical Site: Elements to be considered in selecting an international clinical site should include an ongoing relationship, the perception of mutual value, attention to perceived inequities, and appropriate technology transfer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Education for Health|
|State||Published - Nov 24 1999|
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