Jefferson to Host NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions

The colloquium will help healthcare educators and administrators better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally interconnected and multicultural environments.

The colloquium will help healthcare educators and administrators better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally interconnected and multicultural environments.

Infectious diseases don’t respect borders, and even noncommunicable diseases can quickly become global epidemics. Global health challenges are made more complex by inherent structural inequities and by educational deficiencies that don’t address the global nature of these challenges.

To help healthcare educators and administrators better prepare students so they can successfully practice in globally interconnected and multicultural environments, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) will host the 2018 NAFSA Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions on Wednesday, May 30.

This program for faculty members, academic leaders and international educators will explore global learning in disciplinary and crossdisciplinary contexts and discuss ways of integrating global learning into internationalization efforts across the curriculum.

“Global learning is about connecting students’ personal, professional and academic growth to the wider world,” said Madeleine Wilcox, director of International and Domestic Study Away Programs at Jefferson, who will be moderating a panel. “This colloquium is an opportunity to discuss what we can do to support the needs of students and communities across our disciplines and programs.”

Topics will include interconnectedness of global health systems, including structural inequities; interconnectedness of health professions (e.g., medicine, public health, nursing); cross-cultural communication; and interprofessional global health competencies.

The Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions is part of the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo, which runs May 27-June 1 in Philadelphia. NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Its 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions in over 150 countries.

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