In January 2010, the Office of Global Health welcomed the inaugural group of 17 students aspiring to earn a Certificate in Global Health.
Students from any school in the university are eligible to participate in the certificate program. Requirements to earn the certificate include completion of nine credit hours, including a core course, attendance at the global health seminar series sponsored by the Office of Global Health, and participation in a global health experience, preferably outside of the U.S.
The core course is taught by Frederique Jacquerioz, assistant deputy director of the Office of Global Health, and Ann Yoachim, program manager of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. Global Health recently sat in on one of the core course sessions and students gave insight into their opinions and impressions of global health, the certificate program, and Tulane’s commitment to global health. Here are some of their thoughts:
Seth Magden/Latin American Studies: Global health seeks to identify common challenges and opportunities through an interdisciplinary framework. Coming from Latin American Studies, which is also based on interdisciplinarity, I have found significant and valuable expansion through the Global Health course.
Lee Gary /Disaster Management: Global health could be a superb support to disaster initiatives, especially if it serves as a reference network and information network. Right now, I don’t know if you could pick up the phone and call “global health.” But disaster management needs global health. Disaster management does not carry its own medical capability. Most of disaster management is driven by time, logistics, and communication. It’s very important to have a global health dimension supporting disaster management.
Sharon Krick/Social Work: My definition as it applies to social work is looking at health in a diverse way, considering other people’s medical issues and the way that they would like to be treated.
Jackson Wiggins/Social Work: Global health takes more of a holistic approach in that it looks at people’s socio-economic status, the socio-economic status of the country, demographics, the globe as a whole, and how patterns are popping up in different regions.
Jessica Doyle/Social Work: I hope to do international social work. I’m hoping the global health certificate will broaden my knowledge of health issues besides mental disorders.
Emily Schulman/Latin American Studies: The certificate was a good way to figure out how to take the theoretical concepts we learn in Latin American Studies and apply them in a more practical way to real world problems, and to gain experience in working in an international context.
Andre Barthelemy/Medicine: I think that like a lot of people who enter clinical practice, especially in Western medicine, we don’t look for underlying causes, especially when people come back repeatedly and we don’t know why. But then you find answers when you look at their situation – socio-economic status, neighborhood, upbringing….To have that much more comprehensive view is something that really drew me to the global health certificate. I want to look for solutions.
Emily Veltus/Tropical Medicine: I think Tulane has a reputation world-wide for being a global health school, even though this is the first global health certificate. It has that reputation and people look up to Tulane globally. So it’s really important.