Pre-Departure Modules

Engaging in global health experiences can be exciting but before leaving it is important to understand the cultural context in which you be working and the ethics that surround short-term medical “missions.” Many well-intentioned students have inadvertently caused harm to communities during their global health engagements and being able to recognize these issues will help you to avoid such problems and to have a productive global health experience.
The following modules are designed to provide an introduction and orientation to fieldwork in global health.
In addition to these modules developed at Vanderbilt, there are many high-quality resources available from other institutions that will help prepare you for your time abroad. We recommend these resources:
  • Culture shock and cultural difference

    ER  Traveling Abroad: Culture Shock

    Elizabeth Rose , M.Ed., M.P.H.
    Training and Development Coordinator
    Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

    Culture shock can happen to anyone, regardless of how seasoned the traveler may be. This presentation reviews the stages of culture shock and provides suggestions for coping strategies.

    The following websites are useful resources to find more information about a country and its people, history, and culture:

  • Pre-Departure Orientation

    ERInternational Travel Orientation

    Elizabeth Rose , M.Ed., M.P.H.
    Training and Development Coordinator
    Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
    This presentation is designed for students engaging in global health internships, practica, ISCs, research, and other learning experiences in international lower-resourced settings. It covers important health and safety precautions to take both before and during the trip.

     

  • Ethical Issues in Research and Service in Resource-Limited Settings

    ERProfessionalism and Ethics in Global Health Experiences

    Elizabeth Rose , M.Ed., M.P.H.
    Training and Development Coordinator
    Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

    This presentation is designed for students engaging in global health experiences abroad. Most students do not intend to be unprofessional or unethical, but there are subtle actions that can unintentionally be unprofessional. This video reviews these and offers suggestions on ways to avoid such behaviors. Ethical photography is also included.

    International Development and Photography Ethics – Before taking photos of patients, community members, and others during your immersion experience, consider the purpose of your photo and the message you will be conveying to your audience. Are you presenting others in their best form? Are you engaging in ‘photo tourism’? Read more here.

  • First, Do No Harm: A Qualitative Research Documentary

    First, Do No Harm: A Qualitative Research Documentary

    This is a qualitative research documentary explores the ethics of global health clinical electives and volunteer projects in developing regions. It features interviews from experts and global health providers from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. It is intended for use in Pre-Departure Training for students and volunteers participating in overseas projects.

 


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