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Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;25(2):347-58. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2011.02.013.

Teaching the basics: core competencies in global health.

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Global Health Programs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, 1020 Pine Avenue West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Compelling moral, ethical, professional, pedagogical, and economic imperatives support the integration of global health topics within medical school curriculum. Although the process of integrating global health into medical education is well underway at some medical schools, there remain substantial challenges to initiating global health training in others. As global health is a new field, faculties and schools may benefit from resources and guidance to develop global health modules and teaching materials. This article describes the Core Competencies project undertaken by the Global Health Education Consortium and the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada's Global Health Resource Group.

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