Implementation Guide

The implementation guide is a collection of information and best practices of global health departments. Below are links and information about resources that directors of global health departments use in their programs.


Clinical Care in Low-Resource Settings: Preparing Providers and Fostering Leaders

Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

  • Johns Hopkins, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • This course consists of ten cases that introduce trainees and others involved in global health research and service to ethical issues that may arise during short-term experiences abroad. Being able to recognize and navigate these issues is critical for avoiding harm to communities as well as facilitating a long-term, productive collaboration for the betterment of global health. Trainees in global health research and practice abroad are the primary audience for these cases. Other individuals involved in these training programs - including faculty mentors and advisors at sending and host institutions, as well as program sponsors – may also find them useful.

Global Health Learning Center

  • USAID Bureau of Global Health
  • The Global Health eLearning Center offers courses aimed at increasing knowledge in a variety of global health technical areas. A complete listing of courses is below. Individual courses are also part of certificate programs, listed to the left, as well as on the Certificate Program page. Courses that have been translated and can be found on the Translation page.

Global Women's Health Course: Preparation for Work Abroad

  • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • The goal of this online course is to educate the health care provider on some of the challenges and difficulties inherent in global health work. This course highlights important medical issues and barriers to care faced by many women around the world. Lectures, video and case-based studies are used to discuss and describe unique issues, barriers and challenges in various communities. This is meant to be purely instructional, and to create a context for discussion and education, and should not be viewed as a generalization of specific cultural groups, communities or countries.
  • The cost of this webcast is $150.00. Admittance to this webcast must be purchased through a Paypal online transaction.

Student Handbook for Global Engagement

  • University of Michigan
  • Traveling abroad for research or service is an exciting undertaking, but it can also be very challenging. Designing an effective, relevant and ethical project, working effectively with international partners, and disseminating a useful product are just a few of the important issues that students will encounter as they plan their work abroad. This Student Handbook represents over a year of collaborative work between U-M students across disciplines. Our intent is to offer a roadmap for planning projects abroad, with advice on multiple levels — from the logistics of paying for your trip and staying safe, to broader issues such as ethics and sustainability. With the support and encouragement of the Center for Global Health, every stage in the development of this resource was led by students – from the identification needs to the drafting of content.

The Practitioner's Guide to Global Health

  • Boston University
  • 3-part timeline-based course, designed by a team of global health experts, will help you prepare for successful global health learning experiences and projects. The course provides guidance for undergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, and volunteers. In each part, you will have the opportunity to learn through interactive scenarios and discussion forums.


Global Health Training Modules

  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)
  • CUGH has a collection of resources for teaching and learning global health. These resources include training modules, case studies, and links to online global health resources.

Ethical Considerations for Performing Gynecology Surgery in Low-Resource Settings Abroad

  • ACOG, Committee on Ethics and Committee on Global Women's Health
  • International humanitarian medical efforts provide essential services to patients who would not otherwise have access to specific health care services. The Committees on Ethics and Global Women's Health of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage College Fellows and other health care professionals to participate in international humanitarian medical efforts for this reason. However, such programs present Fellows with a unique set of practical and ethical challenges. It is important for health care providers to consider these challenges before participating in international surgical efforts in these settings. Health care professionals should ensure that they have the necessary surgical competence and training, including sufficient mentorship, prior to functioning as the primary surgeon abroad.


Around the Globe for Women's Health: A Practical Guide for the Health Care Provider, 2013

Global Surgery: The Essentials, by Adrian Park and Raymond Price (editors) 2017

 Obstetrics and Gynecology in Low-Resource Settings: A Practical Guide, Nawal M. Nour (editor), 2016


First Do No Harm: A Medical Student Documentary

  • University of Toronto
  • This is a qualitative research documentary that was created by Alyson and Timothy Holland. The documentary explores the ethics of global health clinical electives and volunteer projects in developing regions. It features interviews from experts and global health providers from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. It is intended for use in pre-departure training for students and volunteers intending to participate in overseas projects.





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