Our Global Health Program
The primary goal of our program is to provide valuable services that address the pre-identified needs of our partners and their beneficiaries, whether they be physicians, nurses or community members, while simultaneously serving as a bridge between the ethics and global health education students receive through the Charles E. Cheever Jr. Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics curriculum. All of the Center’s global health electives adhere to a Community Service Learning model, where we provide a structured educational experience that combines service with preparation and reflection. Through these structured experiences, our global health electives contribute to the development of empathy and humanitarian values in the next generation of health care providers.
- To provide opportunities for community service learning experiences in international settings which deepen students’ knowledge of global health and to help address the pre-identified needs of our host communities and partners
- To offer a curriculum in global health which builds a foundation of practical knowledge in global health so as to prepare students for overseas work and encourage leadership, ultimately striving to improve the health and human rights of underrepresented populations worldwide
- To encourage scholarly activities related to global health, including research, curricular innovations, and fieldwork
- To promote awareness of global health problems on our University of Texas Health Science Center campus
- To collaborate in the training of health care providers from other countries with the goal of enhancing our partner’s health care resources and strengthening our global health workforce
All of the global health electives offered to medical students enrolled at Long School of Medicine are developed and offered by the CMHE. Students now have the opportunity to participate in a global health elective every year of their medical school education.
Global Health Electives
“We leave Uganda every year with more knowledge, compassion, empathy, gratitude, and an increased desire to become the best physicians that we can be. Diseases like malaria, typhoid, and HIV are no longer descriptions in a book for us, they are vivid images of lethargic children, brittle, malnourished middle-aged men, and strong, stern-faced women. We will return to our medical education inspired and with an increased fervency, knowing full-well the challenges that await us on the other side. We are so grateful for the mentors that we have found along the way, both in the US and in Uganda. They have led us down a path that turns the ‘business’ of medicine on its head, favoring instead the art that medicine is intended to be.”
-Kisiboka Uganda Medical Student Team Member
“There is no pill that can educate a patient on the root causes of their illness and how to make lifestyle changes on how to prevent their occurrence or exacerbation. A few ibuprofens are no substitute for a doctor’s touch, human empathy, or an ear willing to listen to your hardships. I got so caught up in my desire to medicate the problems of these communities away that I lost sight of the art of medicine. There is so much more a physician can do to heal and provide care to patients than to simply write a prescription. Patient empowerment through education and empathy can have a longer lasting and more meaningful impact on health outcomes than a 30 day supply of Tums ever could.”
-Project Hispaniola Medical Student Team Member