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MED 747 Global and Community Health

For the Global and Community Health elective, students spend between two and four weeks in a specific community defined by the student. The purpose of this elective is to provide students the opportunity to read and discuss in the area of primary health care, as defined by the World Health Organization (1978). Students will obtain a framework for addressing common diseases in an underserved community setting from a clinical, epidemiologic and public health perspective. In addition to the didactic portion of the course the student will spend two to four weeks in an underserved community developing-country setting under the supervision of Rush faculty. The course will focus on the social determinants of population health, including the impact of environment, poverty, social structure and culture on health status and health care. The course will include on the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of selected diseases of importance in underserved settings. Students will use this knowledge to develop a plan for working in disadvantaged communities providing primary health care, either locally or internationally. Students must have a faculty sponsor at Rush, as well as a physician at the site responsible for supervision of the student’s work. Students must complete the online curriculum and reading self-study prerequisites prior to departure for their work in the community and must submit a completed project within one week of the completion of the elective. For more information about the course curriculum email

Global health travel awards may be available for Haiti, Dominican Republic and Belize opportunities on a first come, first served basis. Students participating in these trips and/or those enrolled in the M4 curricular course are eligible, contingent on the availability of funds.


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