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Drexel University College of Medicine supports your pursuit of compassionate care and safe global health learning. We believe that medical education should include learning about one's own community and the global community.

Download the Global Health Education info sheet.

As individuals and physicians, we are called upon to understand global trends and global health practices. There are identified Global Health Core Competencies for all medical students, as referenced in "Teaching the basics: core competencies in global health." These are:

  • Global burden of disease
  • Health implications of travel, migration and displacement
  • Social and economic determinants of health
  • Population, resources and the environment
  • Globalization of health and healthcare
  • Health care in low resource settings
  • Human rights in global health

The Office of Global Health Education manages the College of Medicine's global learning programs. Drexel medical students can participate in Drexel-organized experiences as well as opportunities offered by other approved programs based in the United States and abroad. The Office of Global Health Education helps students plan a safe, healthy and enriching experience that matches their temperament and future goals.

There are three ways students can get involved in global health:

  • Education and training
  • Research
  • Service and clinical programs

We look forward to creating an educational and safe international opportunity for you and helping you continue to enrich your learning and experiences as a student here.

Global Health Video Resources

Nielufar Varjavand, MD Overview: Summer Global Health Opportunities

Speaker: Nielufar Varjavand, MD

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Ziauddin Ahmed, MD Lecture: Global Health in Bangladesh

Speaker: Ziauddin Ahmed, MD

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News and Announcements

Record-Breaking Eight Drexel Dragons Named Fulbright Grantees

Eight students and alumni from Drexel were offered grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year.

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Medical Student Presents at Global Health Panel

Laura Roper, a third-year medical student, presented "First Responder Training in Kiburara, Uganda" as part of the Global Health panel at the 9th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges: Sustainability, held at Drexel on February 25. The conference was attended by more than 400 students, faculty, and community members. Roper visited Kiburara in 2010 for the first-responder pilot project. Uganda had no organized system for providing pre-hospital care to its citizens. The goal was to empower the community to take charge in emergency situations by training a trainer who could then pass on skills and knowledge. One local individual received the equivalent of U.S. first-responder training tailored to the needs of Kiburara. Upon completion of the training, that person was given two emergency duffel bags with materials needed for pre-hospital care, as well as instructor manuals. By that time, the trainee already had two more individuals signed up for first responder training.


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"Drexel is an academically comprehensive and globally engaged urban research university, dedicated to advancing knowledge and society and to providing every student with a valuable, rigorous, experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation's premier cooperative education program."