The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health

Learn how to safely and effectively participate in global health rotations, projects, and volunteer work.

Course Description

Whether you’re considering a global health learning experience such as a clinical rotation, a research project, or volunteer work, or are preparing to work abroad, this is the course for you!

This is the first of three courses designed by a team of global health experts to help you prepare for successful global health learning experiences and projects. It provides guidance for undergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, and volunteers.

In this course, you will learn how to determine what type of global health learning experience is right for you and how to logistically set one up. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in interactive planning scenarios.

Course Outcomes:
  • Identify and describe different types of global health rotations and projects and determine which ones provide the best fit for you
  • Identify and make plans to address logistical issues including personal, health, family, financial and security concerns
  • Learn practical strategies for an enriched educational experience to benefit you and your host community
  • Identify and navigate professional, ethical, and cultural issues, as well as medical or mental health issues you may encounter
  • Identify strategies for effectively “reintegrating” into your home and work life upon returning from a global health experience
  • Successfully advocate for other individuals at your institution to identify clinical opportunities, educational opportunities and funding structures for future global health experiences
Course Details:


No previous global health or healthcare experience is required.
About Instructor:

Gabrielle A. Jacquet - Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Jacquet is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Vermont and her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Jacquet completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She focuses her work on medical education and strengthening emergency care in resource-limited settings. She has taught Emergency Medicine, assisted in developing systems, or conducted research in India, Ghana, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Haiti, and Colombia. Dr. Jacquet is the Director of Global Health for the BMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the Assistant Director of Global Health at the BU School of Medicine, and Affiliate Faculty in the Boston University Center for Global Health and Development. She serves as the Alternate Councilor for the ACEP International Section and as an Editor for the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review.

Suzanne Sarfaty

Dr. Sarfaty is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Global Health Programs, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Associate Clerkship Director of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). She practices Internal Medicine at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center while maintaining her academic schedule of advising and teaching medical students. Dr. Sarfaty directs BUSM's Office of Enrichment that supports learning experiences for medical students that enhance the curriculum and cultivate professional competencies in global health, research, and service learning opportunities.

Mark Hauswald

Dr. Hauswald is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Patient Safety (Emeritus) at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is Co-Director of both UNM Global Health Programs and the UNM – PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center on Innovative Health Workers Education, Service and Research Models. He also has appointments with the US Public Health Service / Indian Health Service and the National Disaster Medical Assistance. He has been academic coordinator of the PAHO/WHO Internet based primary care course and Co-PI of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration Grant. Mark was trained at UC Berkeley (MS), UC San Francisco (MD), Stanford (residency) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (DTM&H). The primary focus of his work has been EMS and Global Health. He is the senior associate editor for global emergency medicine at Academic Emergency Medicine and has been an editorial board member at Prehospital Emergency Care.

Alison Hayward

Dr. Hayward is part of the Global Health Section Faculty at Yale Department of Emergency Medicine. She obtained her medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine and her public health master's degree from University of Massachusetts. She attended residency in emergency medicine at University of Massachusetts and subsequently completed a fellowship in disaster medicine and emergency management there. Her main academic interests are global health ethics, public health, and medical education. Dr. Hayward served as co-founder and director for the Uganda Village Project in rural eastern Uganda for 10 years, overseeing public health programs including malaria prevention, family planning, water, sanitation and hygiene. She currently serves as the chairperson of the board.

Janis P. Tupesis

Dr. Tupesis is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and was subsequently appointed as the Associate Residency Program Director, a position he held until joining faculty at Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. During his time there, his research interests focused on the intersection of resident education and global health. Dr. Tupesis' primary interest lies in the development of new and innovative educational curricula and learner evaluation methodology. He served as the Department of Emergency Medicine's Residency Program Director until 2014, overseeing the program's initial accreditation and expansion to its current form. Currently, he is involved in projects involving establishing graduate medical education programs in resource limited settings in both Liberia, Ethiopia and South Africa - partnering with multiple other academic institutions. He serves as the chairperson of UW Health's Graduate Medical Education Global Health Committee and is the institution's Graduate Medical Education liaison to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Global Health Institute. He serves on multiple international global health education committees, including the International Federation of Emergency Medicine, African Federation of Emergency Medicine among others. He currently has ongoing projects that focus on the intersection of education, health systems and technology, partnering with The Open Medicine Project South Africa and EM Guidance in Cape Town, South Africa and with the Emergency and Trauma Care program at the World Health Association in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Tupesis' outside interests include: international travel, adventure medicine and mountaineering and University of Wisconsin athletics!

Stephen Dunlop MD, MPH, CTropMed

Dr. Stephen Dunlop is an attending physician at Hennepin County Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota, Director of the Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine with an appointment as an ASTMH certified Global Health Course Co-Director focusing on education in Ultrasound, Trauma and Simulation in resource poor settings.

He received his Medical Doctorate and Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota before completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Dunlop earned his CTropMed from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene during his fellowship in International Emergency Medicine Fellowship.

He is the Vice President of the Global Emergency Medicine Academy for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and has years of on the ground experience in East Africa focusing on education, research and systems development of Acute Care systems.

Payal K. Modi MD, MPH

Dr. Modi is an Attending Physician in the International Division at University of Massachusetts Emergency Department and Assistant Professor at UMass Medical School. She received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Modi completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and her fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Harvard University/Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Modi’s main focus is research in the humanitarian and disaster setting. She has worked on a range of topics including mass casualty management, trauma training, Ebola response, pediatric illness, and sexual reproductive health with a personal interest in refugees and IDPs. Her research and projects have taken her to Pakistan, Liberia, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Nepal, Rwanda, India, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Thailand.

Dr. Modi is currently Secretary for the SAEM Global Emergency Medicine Academy, affiliate faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and serving on a taskforce with the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review.

Justin Myers DO, MPH

Dr. Myers is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the Division of Global Health and Emergency Care. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Global Health Fellowship and an MPH degree from the University of North Carolina. He has worked alongside US medical students while in Venezuela, El Salvador and Kenya, providing direct clinical care, conducting research, or implementing healthcare strengthening programs. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Global Health and Leadership Fellowship at UNC and facilitates research, service and educational opportunities for medical students, residents and fellows.

Rachel A. Umoren MB, BCh, MS

Dr. Rachel Umoren is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of Immersive Learning for the UW Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program. Dr. Umoren received her medical degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria and her Masters degree in clinical research from Indiana University. She also completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship training in neonatology at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. Her research interests are improving neonatal outcomes through team science and measuring the educational outcomes of partnerships for global-public health. She has published and presented internationally on using virtual environments for health professional education.


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