MSIH faculty and alumni research article published in Frontiers of Public Health

Rural Hospital in Nepal

MSIH has a unique way of teaching Global Health. Unlike most medical schools where Global Health education is lecture-based, MSIH adopts a holistic approach by focusing on real patients, their families and communities as part of a practical curriculum.

But is this approach better? Do students learn more? How would we know?

This question was part of a research thesis by Dr. Seema Biswas working in cooperation with several faculty members and alumni of MSIH.

A paper was published in Frontiers in Public Health which concludes that students demonstrated a closeness to their patients that added depth, understanding and motivation to assist patients in health activities and advocate for their needs – thus confirming MSIH’s approach to teaching Global Health.

Stated in the study, “Simply put, if clinical medicine is best learnt at the bedside, global health is best learnt in the community. Our research shows that through practical community placements, students are better able to learn global health and its many facets.”

The unique MSIH Global Health Curriculum includes an 8-week global health clerkship at a site in a low-resource setting. The goal of this clinical rotation is to enable the advanced fourth-year medical student to apply the global health theories studied in the previous three years, while working under varied conditions affected by the economics, traditions, religious beliefs, limited resources and geography of the site.

Learn more about the MSIH curriculum at an upcoming webinar October 13th at 7:00 pm EST. Register here.

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