Clinical Topics in Global Health

Director(s): Peter Moschovis, Brett Nelson
Offered: Alternating years in Feb/March. Next offered Spring 2021.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: There is a clear and pressing need for clinicians trained in the prevention and management of diseases found in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). "Clinical Topics in Global Health" introduces students to the evidence-based knowledge and skills they will need to be effective clinicians in resource-limited settings. Ten evening sessions, led by Harvard faculty who practice clinically in LMICs, will orient students to the most important global health problems, explore each of these conditions with particular focus on clinical practice, and provide practical guidance for students interested in pursuing further training or careers in global health. Topics covered will include the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in LMICs, including malnutrition, malaria, diarrheal illness, perinatal disease, tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, TB, and chronic non-communicable diseases. The elective will explore key concepts relevant to the delivery of clinical services in resource-limited settings. The elective will also include discussion of clinical issues particularly relevant to populations affected by humanitarian crisis, including refugees, internally displaced persons, and orphans. Teaching methods will be tailored to each clinical topic and will include lectures, practical skills sessions, case discussions, and ongoing reinforcement of core material. Selected guest speakers will address current innovations in global health practice.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
A primary objective of the elective has been to introduce the students to the latest evidence in the clinical management of disease in resource-limited settings. Course directors utilize current evidence-based literature (e.g., Disease Control Priorities Project (DCPP), evidence-based analyses, critical Lancet reviews of interventions, Sphere best-practice guidelines, etc.). The directors also reference the latest scientific advances in tropical medicine, drawn from their clinical experience in low- and middle-income countries and their advanced training in tropical medicine.
Grade Criteria:
Satisfactory: Participation in all 10 evening sessions except for excused absences.
Unsatisfactory: Failure to meet "Satisfactory" criteria.