Undergraduate Medical Education

UGME Global Health Concentration

The Global Health Concentration is an optional curriculum aimed at undergraduate medical students who wish to pursue further education and training in global health. The curriculum features learning objectives that centre on seven major themes in global health. Students complete these learning objectives through didactic teaching, academic self-study, and experiential learning. The Global Health Concentration is a self-directed learning program that allows students to choose from a variety of learning materials and to select the learning styles that best suit them. Students who would like to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Global Health by completing an academic project are encouraged to use their skills and experience to present their work by various means, including photo journals, video journals, and poster presentations.

You will find further details about the Global Health Concentration in the Student Handbook, which is available here: Global Health Concentration Student Handbook (pdf, 329.36 KB)

For more information on the Global Health Concentration, contact the Global Health Program Coordinator at globalhealth@uOttawa.ca.


“This optional concentration is an excellent opportunity for MD students to gain a deeper understanding of underserved and marginalized populations in a global context” — Dr. Melissa Forgie, Vice-Dean of UGME.


Student Testimonial 

''I'm very grateful that I had the opportunity to complete the uOttawa Global Health Concentration. The program was both interesting and relevant, and I would recommend it to any medical students in Ottawa who are interested in global health. It definitely confirmed my love for international and global health, and allowed me to develop a better understanding of the social determinants of health, population health, globalization and human rights in healthcare. The curriculum from this program, combined with my clinical experiences, has given me a strong foundation in global health that I hope to build upon for the rest of my career. I recognize that with the health concerns of our heterogeneous Canadian communities, adopting a culturally adapted, socially accountable approach to medicine is essential. What I've learned from this program will help me become the kind of doctor I want to be." Lissa Bair, MD 2020


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