Ethics in Global Health Education

Social responsibility and ethical engagement is at the heart of our approach to facilitating and supporting global health efforts. At CGHSR, our team is committed to weaving global health ethics throughout our educational programs—both in our credit-bearing courses developed for UMN students and in our capacity building trainings designed for health care providers around the world.

Standing up for global health ethics is vital to the process of educating the next generation of global health leaders.

As we look ahead to our educational offerings for 2022–2023, we are proud of the way our programs embody an ethos of ethical engagement: in Global Health in Local Contexts, in our new Global Health Ethics course, and in our newly announced India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership course, ethical engagement is a core component.

We hope you will read the stories below that highlight the exciting work we have done through our educational programs the past year, and we invite students to get involved by registering or applying.

Dr. Shailey Prasad is the Executive Director of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility and a Professor & Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health.


Global Health Ethics

PUBH 7200 Section 113
May 31–June 3, 2022

Register for Global Health Ethics, a new course offered as part of the Public Health Institute and taught by CGHSR executive director Dr. Shailey Prasad.

Global health, while a relatively new field, carries a long legacy. The COVID pandemic and the George Floyd murder have triggered conversations about the future of global health—especially issues around ethics. This course will explore the ethical frameworks that need to be considered in global health engagements.

The Brocher Declaration: A Guide for Ethical Global Health Engagement

Looking for more on global health ethics? The Brocher Declaration, co-authored by Dr. Shailey Prasad, guides policy on short-term global health engagements to reduce harm, protect patients, prioritize host communities, and address power imbalances.  

Read more about the guidelines in the Brocher Declaration.

2022–2023 CGHSR Courses

Global Health in Local Contexts (GHSR 6713)

For the first time this past fall, our Global Health in Local Contexts course included a unique opportunity for students to learn alongside peers across the globe in Haiti and Uganda. 

Applications for fall 2022 will open for UMN graduate students on April 14.

Learn more about the new course model and how to apply for 2022.

India: Global Health, Globalization & Leadership (GHSR 6715)

Travel to Mysore, India during the U's winter break to explore health, health care delivery, and social determinants in the context of globalization in India.

This program is currently being planned for December 2022–January 2023.

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Global Health Seed Grants

Advance your research with a Global Health Seed Grant. The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is requesting proposals for annual awards up to $25,000 to catalyze innovative global health research projects. 

Letters of intent are due April 29. Find the full RFP and submission forms on our website ►


CGHSR Partners to Create Innovative Online Refugee Health Screening Training

Two years after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, the world faces growing humanitarian needs including the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine as individuals flee the country by the thousands for safety and protection.

Since 2012, the University of Minnesota has partnered with the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) to build the organization’s capacity to perform health screenings and assessments for U.S.-bound refugees.

Throughout the summer and fall of 2021, faculty and staff from CGHSR, the Medical School and other institutions worked to convert in-person health screening training to online training.


To celebrate interdisciplinary collaboration across health sciences, our Global Health Student Advisory Board is hosting Global Health Week during April 4–8, 2022. Join exciting programing on a range of global health topics, including:

  • April 4: Mental Health and Mindfulness
  • April 5: The Interplay of Climate Change and Health
  • April 6: Global Health Gala
  • April 7: Documentary Screening
  • April 8: Infectious Disease Speed Dating
RSVP to let us know if you will be attending Global Health Week events.

Unable to attend our event for International Women's Day on March 10? The recording of "The Power of Personal Stories and Communities to Reduce Disparities in Global Maternal Health" is now available on our website. 


CGHSR successfully held our ninth annual Global Health Case Competition in January, which included over 50 student participants from 13 University of Minnesota schools or colleges. Learn more about the winning team.

OACA's spring 2022 series Mini Medical School: Evolving with the Pandemic (March 30, April 6 & 13), will explore the latest on COVID-19, variants, and boosters; the impact of the pandemic on rural communities and geriatric populations; and resilience and reimagination in a time of burnout. Attend all three live sessions and receive a digital certificate of completion.

Code Blue for Patient Earth: Pathways to Resilience, sponsored by Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will take place April 22 and 23, 2022. Learn more about conference registration.
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