GEI Virtual Global Health 5-day Course in Vietnam is co-designed with faculty and offers students a unique opportunity to explore global and public health issues from a unique Asian perspective, highlighting how healthcare system in Vietnam deliver healthcare services, and exploring cultural interplays in urban and rural areas.
Students learn how communities are addressing their most pressing health challenges in the COVID 19 era and how Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols in healthcare settings are implemented and enforced. The course is enriched with cross-cultural assessment and interaction tools, and with carefully planned cultural activities that allowstudents to have a memorable online experience.
- Explore global health concepts and IPC protocols in cross-cultural settings.
- Interact virtually with local healthcare providers and local students to learn more about the Vietnamese healthcare system.
- Learn more about the hosting country, their history and the local culture through online sessions interacting with local hosts.
- Gain invaluable intercultural competence relevant to your field of study.
- Incorporate global learnings into local context through online activities.
The course is offered as a 5-day online course. It includes synchronous (live) sessions with lecturers and professionals in the global health field and online workshops in order to have general cultural immersion. You will be studying with a multicultural group of students that includes local students whom we invite to participate on a full scholarship. The total group size is typically between 24 and 30 students.
There are no academic prerequisites. To be eligible to apply for this course, students should be enrolled in a major or minor in public health or a related area in the health sciences, natural sciences or social sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors, or by consent of the instructor. Graduate students and professionals are welcome to apply for participation.
Course requirements and student evaluation
- Course participation and engagement (25%)
- Reflective journal or blog (20%)
- Group presentation (25%)
- Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)
No academic credits offered for this course
The Asian Dragon is undergoing some of the fastest socio-economic changes any country in the world has seen. It is a major development success story with remarkable rates of economic growth since the start of massive political and economic reforms in 1986. But the lure of modern living has a deep impact on the traditional networks of family and community that continue to play a pivotal role in society.
Waleed Fatth, a trained pharmacist with a Master’s degree in Public Health, is the global instructor for our Virtual Global Health field courses. He is typically assisted by experienced local university lecturers and instructors. Prior to working with GEI, he supervised the implementation of Infection Control protocols in all health facilities of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in Yemen.