Overview of the Curriculum Innovation
Creighton University School of Nursing offers an on-line graduate-level interdisciplinary course in global health issues that connects students with a multi-year field project in Tanzania. The course is based on the One Health ecological model that enables students to understand the interconnected determinants of health in human and animal populations. Graduate students in nursing, pharmacy, medicine and medical anthropology have taken the course to gain a more comprehensive understand of global health concepts. During the semester students are asked to participate in a global health café weekly discussion which is evaluated by the instructor. They alsoreport on a sojourner interview that they conduct with an international visitor to the United States, eliciting perspectives of national and local health systems and treatments . As a learning community the students then complete a comparative analysis of health systems around the world. Additional assignments involve an in-depth ethnographic analysis and completion of a GIS training and application project. The capstone experience in the course requires each student to prepare a video presentation that summarizes their understanding of a selected region from an ethnographic, geographic, and global health perspective. These videos are shared in a class global health consortium discussion. Students also evaluate each video using predetermined rubrics. The School of Nursing encourages the advanced public health graduate students to become involved in Global Health Development online, a global health discussion community mediated through Harvard University. Through the GHDonline discussions advanced public health students gain an appreciation for the breadth and depth of global health endeavors and the role of the advanced practice nurse in collaborating interdisciplinarily for solutions to global health problems.
Dianne Travers Gustafson, PhD, RN