Department of Emergency Medicine
Health Information Technology | International Public Health | Medical Education
BACKGROUND: Short-term experiences in global health (STEGH) are increasingly common in medical education, as they can provide learners with opportunities for service, learning, and sharing perspectives. Academic institutions need high-quality preparatory curricula and mentorship to prepare learners for potential challenges in ethics, cultural sensitivity, and personal safety; however, availability and quality of these are variable.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to create and evaluate an open-access, interactive massive open online course (MOOC) that prepares learners to safely and effectively participate in STEGH, permits flexible and asynchronous learning, is free of charge, and provides a certificate upon successful completion.
METHODS: Global health experts from 8 countries, 42 institutions, and 7 specialties collaborated to create The Practitioner's Guide to Global Health (PGGH): the first course of this kind on the edX platform. Demographic data, pre- and posttests, and course evaluations were collected and analyzed.
RESULTS: Within its first year, PGGH enrolled 5935 learners from 163 countries. In a limited sample of 109 learners, mean posttest scores were significantly improved (p < 0.01). In the course's second year, 213 sampled learners had significant improvement (p < 0.001).
CONCLUSION: We created and evaluated the first interactive, asynchronous, free-of-charge global health preparation MOOC. The course has had significant interest from US-based and international learners, and posttest scores have shown significant improvement.
Global health, MOOC, curriculum, international, online
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Med Educ Online. 2018 Dec;23(1):1503914. doi: 10.1080/10872981.2018.1503914. Link to article on publisher's site
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Jacquet, Gabrielle A.; Umoren, Rachel A.; Hayward, Alison S.; Myers, Justin G.; Modi, Payal; Dunlop, Stephen J.; Sarfaty, Suzanne; Hauswald, Mark; and Tupesis, Janis P., "The Practitioner's Guide to Global Health: an interactive, online, open-access curriculum preparing medical learners for global health experiences" (2018). Emergency Medicine Publications and Presentations. 166.
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