CUGH 2016 Pre-conference Workshop

Preparing Global Health Students for the "Real" Real World: Academia Talks with Global Health Employers and Funders

Hilton San Francisco Union Square

April 8, 2016, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

View the workshop presentation and the ‌Closing the Gap in Global Health Education handout

Workshop Description

Some critics have argued that the current graduate-level global health curriculum does not always prepare students to meet the needs of global health employers, particularly in the area of monitoring and evaluation. On the other hand, academics know it is difficult to update curriculum quickly when global health practice evolves. How can employers and funders share their needs and concerns with global health educators? Are some of the skills required by global health employers already taught at universities in other departments? This workshop is a follow-on to last year’s USAID GHFP II and University of Maryland’s “global/local” preconference session in which many agreed that the artificial divide between global health and community public health may unnecessarily limit the learning opportunities available to students on campus.

An interactive dialouge among faculty, academic program managers, employers, and funders is critical to ensuring that universities are training future generations of practitioners in the way that best serves the critical goals of global health and ensures that the students we graduate are able to find employment in the field for which they were trained. The pre-conference session will feature representatives of global health employers and major funders who will discuss what skills they value in employees and any short falls they see. Finally, participants will have a chance to hear from global health faculty members who have developed innovative ways to link teaching and practice.

Goals of workshop

1. To learn what knowledge, skills, and attitudes global health employers and funders value in potential employees and how these relate to success in today’s global health practice environment.

2. To identify any shortfalls in global health education that may leave students unprepared to enter the global health workforce and what training is necessary to address these shortfalls.

3. To learn about innovative ways some global health programs are adapting their curriculum and experiential learning opportunities to make students “practice ready.”


3 p.m.  Introduction - The School-Work Connection: Discussion of GHFP II’s survey of employers (Sharon Rudy)

3:20 p.m.  Panel: Global health employers and funders (Virginia Rowthorn, moderator)

  • Ellen Eiseman, MSOD, MPH, Director, Global Health Division, Chemonics
  • Naya Villarreal, MPH, Gillings Global Gateway, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Ana Ayala, JD, LLM, Director, Global Health Law LLM, Georgetown Law, O'Neill Institute

4 p.m.  Facilitated discussion with panelists and participants

4:30 p.m.  Wrap up and next steps

5 p.m.  Reception

Planning committee

Sharon Rudy, Executive Director, USAID Global Health Fellows Program II
Virginia Rowthorn, University of Maryland Carey School of Law and Co-Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Center for Global Education Initiatives
Jody Olsen, University of Maryland School of Social Work and Co-Director, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Center for Global Education Initiatives