Hello everyone and welcome to the NOSMSC Global Health Webpage! This page is meant to be a starting point for you to inquire about international electives, learn more about global health at NOSM, access resources, and get involved in the international medical community.
What is Global Health?
In a world where 3 billion people are living on less than $2.50 US per day, bearing 90% of the world’s disease burden and yet having access to less than 10% of its health resources, there are still astounding health inequalities. Although the field of Global Health is often equated with that of International Health, there is a growing definition that encompasses much more than health inequalities between populations.
- The field of Global Health is broadly defined by the International Institute of Medicine (IOM) as “health problems, issues, and concerns that transcend national boundaries may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries, and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions.”
- Many associate Global Health with issues of health inequalities such as water sanitation and malnutrition, but more recently, it has come to encompass broader health issues faced of a global scale, such as urbanization, climate change, and chronic disease.
In the era of globalization, we no longer live in a bubble. The health of Northern Ontarians is tied to factors beyond geographical and national borders. Increases in the flow of people, products, and information between countries and continents are dramatically influencing the world’s health. As a leader in social accountability, NOSM is ensuring we have skills to improve the health of the populations we serve, both locally (including addressing health inequalities faced by the Indigenous peoples in Northern Ontario) and internationally.
What is the Global Health Interest Group?
The Global Health Interest Group (GHIG), co-chaired by the Global Health Liaison Senior and Junior, meets once every month by teleconference.
We are always looking to expand and update the information posted here. If you have any feedback about website content or any questions about global health, please don’t hesitate to contact your NOSMSC VP Global Healths Annie Dubé and Chelsea Kubinec at email@example.com