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

The University of California San Francisco has designed this multimedia, case-based curriculum to prepare clinician learners to work in underresourced settings with appropriate preparation for the clinical challenges facing the facility and the socioeconomic and cultural challenges underlying the patient’s experience. The course is divided into four modules, each containing videos, self-assessments, and recommended readings.

Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training

This course by the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics consists of 10 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 and 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 this course.

Global Health Learning Center

The Global Health eLearning Center offers courses aimed at increasing knowledge in a variety of global health technical areas.

Student Handbook for Global Engagement

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 University of Michigan students across disciplines. The intent is to offer a road map 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.

The Practitioner's Guide to Global Health

This three-part time line-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.

Cultural Competency Online Course (Unite for Sight)

Cultural competence training and cultural awareness is of paramount importance for those working in any international or clinical setting. Those participating abroad are immersed in a culture different from their own and will undoubtedly experience culture shock and cultural adjustment. Furthermore, those in any clinical setting must understand language barriers, how to work with translators, cultural differences, cultural understanding, and trust, among other cultural concerns.

Helping Mothers Survive

Helping Mothers Survive is a suite of hands-on, simulation-based learning modules designed to be delivered at the job site to build the capacity of the workforce. The goal of Helping Mothers Survive is to improve and sustain the critical skills of midwives, nurses, doctors, and those who help them to care for patients during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit

A free resource for obstetric emergency drills. This resource includes a simulated obstetric emergency in a facility that includes a manual, presentation, and video and is available in English and in Spanish.

Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations

Simulation Use for Global Away Rotations is a simulation-based curriculum used to prepare medical providers for common challenges both practical and emotional that you face when working in resource-limited settings.


Global Library of Women's Medicine

A free resource for medical professionals dedicated to the enhancement of women's health care.

Global Health Training Modules

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health 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

International humanitarian medical efforts provide essential services to patients who would not otherwise have access to specific health care services. ACOG encourages 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 professionals 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.