Global Health Modules

Global Health Modules

During years one and two of your studies, you are required to complete four global health modules. Modules are short courses of 12 hours (four meetings of 3 hours each) and are presented by visiting experts from Israel and abroad. Global health modules are very popular among our students, who value the opportunity to choose from meaningful topics in their areas of interest.

Some of the modules offered in recent years are:

Disaster Management

Emergencies and disasters often occur without warning, leaving medical, social, economic, political and personal damage in their wake. Effective response to emergencies and provision of humanitarian assistance requires early preparedness and deployment of all relevant organizations. This course will provide students with knowledge of, and insight into, the principles and dilemmas of disaster management and humanitarian aid, the involved stakeholders, and the political and social dynamics that impact assistance. Students will be exposed to the complexities of agency coordination, the special needs of inflicted populations, and the use of media to respond to the needs of communities.

Anatomy of Urban Health for the Poor and Underserved

This course covers principles, approaches and practices relevant to urban health within resource-scarce — and some developed — countries. We focus on the following:

  • Global urban poverty and social determinants of urban health
  • Patterns of urban morbidity and mortality
  • Country initiatives that positively influence the health of the poor and underserved
  • The role of the health workforce in relation to revitalized primary health care

Theatrical Skills and Medical Clowning

Virtually every human (and medical) encounter is, in essence, an interaction of social performances based on a shared language. This module provides basic skills in theater and medical clowning as a means to improve doctor-patient interaction in multicultural settings. This helps overcome language barriers and poor communication in therapeutic interviews due to cultural differences.

Birth as a Human Right

This course provides an overview of the midwifery model as an alternative to the medical model of obstetric care. Topics include new perspectives on the cultural and psychological impact of childbirth and the potential for birth to enhance and change our understanding of self and society. This course is designed to stimulate dialogue and apply theory to practice, using new scientific studies to improve standards of care as well as outcomes. We examine the profound responsibility of health care providers to challenge existing models of care and advocate for change when necessary.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

This course closely examines Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and their impact on health, quality of life and poverty. Because these diseases strongly influence native immune response, we focus on their impact as co-infections on the major epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as the importance of eradicating NTDs.

International Health Promotion

This course takes an in-depth look at health promotion, with the following learning objectives:

  • To understand the concept of health promotion and its contribution and application on an international level
  • To understand the role of health promotion in preventing disease, increasing early detection and encouraging self-care
  • To understand the importance of empowerment and advocacy in promoting health on individual, family and community levels, as well as through mass media and national health policy
  • To understand the social determinants of health behavior and their importance in planning effective health promotion programs and policies

Medicine and Literature

This course explores the role of language and communication in medicine, with a focus on the ambiguity of language in both literature and medicine. We study the ways in which medicine spans the disciplines of natural science, the humanities and art.

Medicine and Society

Students will be introduced to various aspects of the relationship between medicine and society. From the perspective of the social sciences, the module examines how cultures and societies structure and address health, illness and the mechanisms surrounding them.

Travel Medicine

An introduction to travel medicine, this course provides you with an understanding of the essentials of pre-travel medical consultation in an era of increasing global travel. Students develop an in-depth knowledge of travel-related illnesses and the available vaccinations and preventive measures tailored to specific destinations.


Students will identify major nutritional issues in the developing world, such as nutrition through the lifecycle, micronutrients, the economic burden of under- and over-nutrition, immunity and malnutrition, diabetes as a major public health issue in the developing world, dietary changes and consequences among the Bedouin population, nutritional differences in the West and Gaza, and nutrition in emergencies.

Poverty and Health

This course focuses on global urban poverty, social determinants of urban health, patterns of urban morbidity and mortality, and country initiatives that have positively influenced the health of the poor and underserved. The principles, approaches and practices introduced in this module are relevant to both underdeveloped and developed countries. We also consider the role of the health workforce in relation to revitalized primary health care.

Women’s Health

Women represent the majority of patients in the medical system. Via presentations and case studies, this module offers insight into the practice of medicine as viewed through the lens of gender. Students develop the skills necessary to listen empathically to, communicate effectively with, respectfully examine, and appropriately diagnose and treat women.

Health Inequities: Local and International Perspectives

With the aim of helping develop interventions to reduce health inequities, this course provides students with both theoretical and practical tools. We use several frameworks regarding health inequities to investigate and discuss empirical evidence, outcome measurement issues, policy and policy formation concerns, and intervention practices.


Through this course, students:

  • Learn the structure and function of the AIDS virus as a basis for therapies
  • Understand the epidemiology and modes of transmission as a basis for prevention
  • Study the socio-psychological aspects of the epidemic as a basis for doctor-patient relationships


Students will study the pathophysiology, epidemiology and treatment of TB, as well as the clinical syndromes and the global burden of disease.

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