Global Health Selective
Multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches
Reducing disparities in global health requires a nuanced understanding of the increasingly complex social, political, and environmental determinants of health. Through the Global Health Selective, we examine health and disease from a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective, and explore underlying variables that shape health systems, the delivery of quality care, and level of health inequities.
The Global Health Selective (offered during the fall for first- and second-year medical students) features UCLA faculty from diverse disciplines who speak to students on a variety of global health topics, such as maternal and child health, reproductive health, global surgery, food security, infectious and non-communicable diseases in resource-limited settings, and policy strategies to help address global health challenges. During this course, students have an opportunity to meet and form meaningful relationships with global health faculty at UCLA, who often serve as future mentors.
All students are welcome to attend any event in the Global Health Selective, regardless of enrollment status. However, in order to receive credit for the Selective, students are required to attend a minimum number of noon lectures and evening activities. Requirements vary each year, but the approximate time commitment is 20-30 hours. Please note that the course is not offered during the spring semester.