2008 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., May 6, 2008
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



Going Global: Integrating Country Realities into Student Learning about Public Health

Mary Anne Mercer - Health Services and Global Health

Courses in international or global health tend to attract a range of students, many of whom have had no direct experience of developing country realities. In order to engage these students in the most active way, we ask them to design projects that address critical problems in a specific country setting. The formal class sessions focus on both the health problems and the elements of program design and management needed for a health project.

The challenge is how to provide them with an understanding of the settings in which the projects would work. The skills and experience of international students are enlisted to fill this need. Each year the class is broken into groups of 3-5 students, at least one of whom is a “resource person” who is from the focus country (or has had extensive work experience there). The group utilizes the resource person both for background information that is not available from other sources, and also as a reality check on their thoughts and plans in program design and implementation. Students report high levels of satisfaction with the process, during which they learn very specific information about one country and are able to apply classroom learning to that setting.




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