Global health has been defined as “an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide” (Koplan et al, 2009). Building upon this, a newer definition of global health was proposed – global health is “collaborative trans-national research and action for promoting health for all” (Beaglehole & Bonita 2010)
Aboriginal populations within Canada are in many senses unique nations with their own government/leadership, language, culture and land base. For a number of complex and inter-related reasons, Aboriginal people experience higher burden of disease and lower health status than other Canadians. Considering the definitions of global health, reducing health inequalities and improving the health status of Aboriginal peoples falls squarely within the goals of global health.
At NOSM, Aboriginal Health is emphasised specifically in our curriculum. Northern and Rural Health is Theme 1 of the five themes to our curriculum. We learn about Aboriginal health in our Case Based Learning (CBL), through Community and Interprofessional Learning (CIL) placements, and through the Integrated Community Experience (ICE) of Module 106. During ICE 106, students spend 4 weeks living on Aboriginal communities to learn about Aboriginal culture and history, and to understand some of the health issues facing Aboriginal peoples.
Check out NOSM’s Aboriginal Affairs
website for more information on NOSM’s Aboriginal focus, Aboriginal communities
in Ontario, and NOSM’s 106 placement: http://www.nosm.ca/aboriginal/
from the National Aboriginal Health Liaison from the
CFMS, which contains resources, links and updates on Aboriginal issues and
events across Canada, can be found here:
- November 2012
Beaglehole R & Bonita R. 2010. What is global health? Global Health Action 3:5142. Open Access journal article available here: http://globalhealthcenter.umn.edu/documents/whatisglobalhealth.pdf
Koplan J et al. 2009. Towards a common definition of global health. Lancet 373:1993-5.