Table 1

Examples of current global health educational practices at Canadian universities

University of British Columbia2YesAboriginal Health Program
University of Alberta0No
University of Calgary2Yes
University of Saskatchewan4–5No
University of Manitoba6NoResidents Without Borders
Northern Remote Program
Northern Ontario School of Medicine1NoRural and Remote Program
University of Ottawa1YesGlobal Health Stream
Queen’s University2Yes6 online global health modules
Queen’s Social Medicine Group (group for social justice issues run by family medicine residents)
University of Toronto4YesGlobal Health Education Institute Certificate§
Markham family medicine teaching unit Health for All Family Health Team
Residents Without Borders
McMaster University3Self-designed program allows for global health focusGlobal Health Interest Group
Global health curriculum in development
University of Western Ontario1NoBimonthly global health speaker series||
Université de Montréal8No
Laval University0–2No
McGill University1–2YesMcGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative
McGill Interprofessional Global Health Course#
Dalhousie University1In developmentGlobal Health Interest Group
Memorial University2No
  • * There was no resident representative from University of Sherbrooke on the Section of Residents’ Council at the time of this survey, so no data are presented for University of Sherbrooke.

  • Open to all postgraduate residents; not specifically for family medicine residents.

  • This involves extra elective lectures (1 h/mo), electives in inner-city health, and mentorship opportunities.

  • § Provides residents with knowledge and skills relevant to global health practice. It is delivered as a series of modules: participants are required to attend 6 core modules (of 8) and 6 elective modules (of 16). Tuition for this 2-y program is $1500.

  • || Run by the Global Health Office and open to all residents.

  • Student-organized elective course available to students in the health professions and graduate students; it runs in the evenings during the winter term.

  • # Multidisciplinary program that provides residents with robust, didactic teaching in humanitarian studies (monthly evening seminars plus a 2-wk intensive course at Harvard University), a 3-d weekend disaster simulation in Massachusetts, as well as a 1- to 3-mo international field placement.