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Global Field Practice Experience

global health field experience

A Global Field Practice Experience is an international experience that allows students to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences, and apply theory and principles in situations that approximate aspects of professional practice in global health and international development. Students learn to:

  • Understand the meaning and importance of global health practice;
  • Understand the purpose of needs assessment and observe how to conduct a community-based needs assessment in a global health setting;
  • Identify sources of evidence-based strategies for the design of health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention programs in global health;
  • Understand and observe common elements among planning models and be able to develop a plan for a global health program;
  • Understand major implementation issues, common barriers to implementation, and strategies for minimizing barriers to implementation;
  • Identify and observe strategies for scaling up and sustaining global health programs;
  • Apply planning and evaluation skills to real-world problem solving; and
  • Enhance practice skills of leadership, effective teamwork, and the mastery of competencies in global health.

Students interested in learning whether a Global Field Practice Experience (GFPE) could potentially culminate in a second year master's project proposal should contact Idris Robinson, Assistant Director in the DSPH Office of Global Health, at idris@drexel.edu or 267.359.6058.