ERIC Number: EJ1027086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Undergraduate Field-Research Experience in Global Health: Study Abroad, Service Learning, Professional Training or "None of the Above"?
Stewart, Kearsley A.
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v6 n2 p53-71 Sum 2013
Interest in short-term international placements in global health training for U.S.-based medical students is growing; the trend is mirrored for global health undergraduate students. Best practices in field-based global health training can increase success for medical students, but we lack a critical framework for the undergraduate global health field experience. In what ways does an undergraduate field experience in global health resemble a medical student's first international health elective? Is it more similar to a study-abroad programme or a service-learning experience with a focus on personal development, civic responsibility and community engagement? This article suggests that an undergraduate global health field experience contains features of both the international medical elective and a traditional service-learning programme. I analyse a case study of a short-term U.S.-based undergraduate global health project and explore the intersections of research, professional training and service learning.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Medical Students, Field Experience Programs, Study Abroad, Elective Courses, Professional Training, Service Learning, Case Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Models, Social Change, Medical Research
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