The CGH Evaluates its Student Training Programs

Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214999615012412 

From 2014-2015 the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health (CGH) worked with student researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to evaluate its flagship student program, the Global Health Established Field Placements (GHEFP). The GHEFP program matches Hopkins students with Hopkins global health researchers and provides travel grants in order to support student research and practice overseas. As stated in the article, 

Field education is essential to comprehensive global health training: overseas placements provide students with the opportunity to integrate their classroom knowledge with applicable skills in a global health setting. Programs that offer overseas placements have been found to improve students' cultural competency (“the ability of individuals to establish effective interpersonal and working relationships that supersede cultural differences”3) and personal and professional growth

The CGH used both qualitative and quantitative methods to gather data from program reporting requirements, semistructured interviews, and focus groups with both faculty and students across the University. According to the article, "Faculty and students thought that the program was beneficial to the learning experience, particularly for its contribution to experiential knowledge of a low- and middle-income country setting and for developing cross-cultural relationships. Communication and scope of work were 2 areas in which students and faculty members often had different expectations and many students emerged having cultivated different skills than they or their mentor initially expected. Students found the experience useful for both their academic and professional careers and faculty members saw mentorship, one of their professional responsibilities, emerge." Faculty and students were asked to discuss the types of support they feel they need in order to have a productive experience overseas and three important themes emerged: preparation, communication, and funding.

Read the entire article here and learn more about  the evaluation of this university-wide global health training program.

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People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases
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