CGH publishes findings from evaluation of GEMS site
Nina Martin | The Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
The Center for Global Health, in an effort to provide the highest quality programming to students and faculty, has recently completed an evaluation of its flagship program GEMS (Global Established Multidisciplinary Sites), which bring students and faculty from multiple disciplines together to solve complex global health challenges.
The CGH team interviewed students from the first year of the program to understand barriers and enablers of multidisciplinary collaboration, and provide recommendations for similar programs. Students commented on three broad topics that emerged as important drivers of their experience: 1) how teams formed and worked across different disciplines; 2) how students learned from each other, and 3) mentorship from faculty, staff, and local collaborators. Overall, teams described successful experiences working together and learning from each other, though several noted significant challenges in communication, establishing shared vocabularies, and finding a mentor for their area of expertise.
This study highlights several important considerations for student global health learning experiences, in an age of increasing demand for experiences that draw on multiple ways of understanding and approaching human health. In the paper, CGH provides several recommendations to improve interdisciplinary learning, including creating space to address differences early and identifying appropriate mentorship.
You can read the full article here.
Special thanks to Emily Combs, Marie Ward, Peter Winch, and our study participants.
Photo credit: "One of our research assistants conducting in-depth interviews with community members in the local language" GEMS 2017 site.