Global Learning in the Health Professions


Working Together to Internationalize Higher Education

Issues of preventative health care and disease do not stop at national boundaries. They require collaboration of medical professionals across communities, institutions, states, and nations. The rise in global health initiatives in academic institutions across the United States are in direct response to this need for globally competent medical professionals. Key elements in these programs include the infusion of global knowledge, awareness, and cross-cultural competencies in coursework and co-curricular activities. As part of our comprehensive internationalization efforts, we are providing information and resources for deans, faculty members, senior international officers, and program directors working to internationalize their curriculum.

Upcoming Events

Architecture for Global Learning
Architecture for Global Learning is a professional enrichment series developed by NAFSA to help faculty, scholars, and administrators strengthen their understanding of global learning goals into concrete curricular and co-curricular experiences that are flexible, rigorous, and relevant to students.

Series II will consist of six, 60-minute e-Seminars delivered throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Series II will include presentations and discussions with noted scholars, researchers, and practitioners focusing on responding to nationalism and xenophobia, the STEAM'D disciplines, foreign language teaching, assessment, and more.

NAFSA Research Symposium
April 6, 2018 | Washington, D.C.
NAFSA Research Symposium events serve the research community in the field of international education and related disciplines by providing researchers and scholars the opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment and participate in a critical discussion of theories, methodologies, and practices being used in their research. As such, the Research Symposium is considered relevant to international education researchers at every stage of their career - graduate students, post-docs, faculty members and practitioners. Research Symposium events are held in the spring and fall, with the next event during being held at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Global Learning Colloquium: Health Professions
May 30, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA
Infectious diseases do not respect borders. Even non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes, once particular to the industrial north, are now universally familiar. This colloquium will focus on essential global health competencies that need to be incorporated into educational programs across curricular and co-curricular activities so that students are prepared to address healthcare inequities around the world. Experts will share examples of cross-cultural communication, ethical and equitable international partnerships, and high-impact global learning opportunities. Participants will explore strategies to incorporate these competencies into their programs and evaluate the success of students in developing essential cross-cultural engagement and global learning skills. 

Recent Events

NAFSA Research Symposium
November 17, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
NAFSA's third Research Symposium - A Critical Discussion of Theories, Methodologies, and Practices in International Education - provided researchers and scholars in the field of international education and related disciplines the opportunity to share their work in an academic and professional environment, as well as participate in a critical discussion of the theories, methodologies, and practices being used in their research. Developed from the symposium as a resource for scholars and practitioners, the NAFSA Research Symposium Series presents a compilation of original and innovative research in international education.

View materials from the 2016 Global Learning Colloquium on Education for the Health Professions: High-Impact Global Learning Experiences and Curricular Design
May 31, 2016 | Denver, CO
Education for the health professions is deeply engaged in questions of global learning. Many areas of healthcare already engage students with important themes of interdependence, interconnection, systems thinking, problem-solving, and community engagement. Experts engaged with faculty members, academic leaders, and international educators to explore global learning in disciplinary and cross-disciplinary contexts.

Meet a Thought Leader

Timothy Brewer, MD, is the vice-provost of Interdisciplinary and Cross-Campus Affairs at the University of California-Los Angeles, and was previously the director of Global Health Programs and an associate professor at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Brewer is board-certified in infectious diseases, and continues a hospital-based practice in addition to his research and administrative responsibilities. He has served on advisory boards and review panels for the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, among others.

NAFSA Resources

Explore the following resources on internationalizing schools of medicine and public health:

Additional Resources

Explore additional resources on internationalizing the STEM fields published in recent journals and presented in other academic and professional forums.