Interest in global health is rising in medical schools around the world. Opportunities in international service learning comprise much of medical students’ undergraduate global health exposure, and this can empower students to address inequities in health care and advocate for social justice.
No country is immune from social inequities and vulnerable populations who face higher burdens of morbidity and mortality. Global health is relevant to the development of humanistic physicians, who are better able to address the needs of complex, diverse and often under serviced communities whether home or abroad.
Dr Keyna Bracken is an associate professor in the department of Family Medicine at McMaster University.