International Health

It's International Week! January 30th-February 3rd

The Community Engagement Team has put together a few sessions about Global Health to coincide with the University of Alberta's International Week and the Division of Community Engagement and Biomedical Global Health Research Network Annual Global Health Fair. More details will be released as they become available.

Global Health Silent Auction: January 30, 2017, 9:00am-4:30pm, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy by MedSci Pedway 
Peruse photos captured by medical students while abroad on international electives and bid on your favourite photo for a chance to take it home! Proceeds will go to Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

Global Health Fair: January 30, 2017, 11am-7pm, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 2-420 
Keynote Speaker: Khrisendath Chadee PhD Professor | Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases 
Sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry’s Division of Community Engagement, UAlberta’s Biomedical Global Health Research Network, and the Medical Students’ Association 

This full day event explores topics in global health, with sessions ranging from biomedical science to clinical practice. Come and hear about new and exciting research in the field. Chat with students about the insights they gained during international electives. Attend the keynote presentation and learn more about infectious diseases. Gain a world of knowledge in one day! 

Documentary Screening and Discussion: "A Day in the Life" -- January 31, 2017, 5:00-6:30pm, Education 158

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees produced a series of short documentary episodes on Za’atari, the camp housing tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. Episodes show “frontline aid workers as they strive to support and sustain the residents of this remarkable makeshift city.” The screening will be followed by a discussion of the realities of life in a refugee camp. More details available here.

Last year's Global Health Awareness Program can be found here: Global_Health_Awareness_Week_2016

What is international health?

International Health is an umbrella term that encompasses multitudes of factors that impact health within the context of developing countries. These include:

  • Global burden of disease (diseases with significant penetration with high societal cost)
  • Social determinants of health
  • Basic health interventions and services (such as immunizations, communicable disease control, essential drugs, laboratory diagnosis)
  • Maternal and child health
  • Family planning and population programs
  • Cross-cultural training
  • Travel medicine
  • Response to international disaster
  • Medical ethics
For a more detailed description of how the University of Alberta examines these issues, please see this link to the Division of Community Engagement.


International Electives

Students can participate in electives abroad through either the Faculty of Community Engagement, CFMS, or electives set up by the individual student.  For more information please read our electives site.

Global Health Rounds

Every Monday at noon, the Faculty of Community Engagement organizes a speaker to present on global health topics and research.  This year we hope to include presentations from students who completed international electives.  More information on speakers and location will be provided in the fall.

Global Health Awareness Week

This is a student run initiative organized by the community engagement team to educate students on a chosen theme.  This past year, the focus was on environment and its impact on health.  Students had the opportunity to attend presentations on urban planning and its relation to health as well as events fundraising for Water Matters.  

Rich Man Poor Man Dinner 

This is an annual fundraiser jointly hosted by the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta to raise funds for global health initiatives. At each table of 10, one person receives a steak dinner while the remaining 9 receive simple perogies, symbolizing the 90/10 disparity between the world's richest and poorest people.

Global Health Fair

This is an opportunity for students who completed international electives to share their experiences with other medical students.  This past year the event was held in November.  

International Elective Photo Silent Auction

The silent auction is in support of a chosen charity, this year it collaborated with Global Health Awareness Week to fundraise for Water Matters.  The items for auction are framed photos from medical students’ international electives.

Weekly Global Health Newsletter

This weekly brochure is sent out Wednesdays and it provides a brief update of current international and global health developments and news as well as provides a calendar of upcoming events at out university. Please sign up by completing the online form here.