SURG 510: Surgical Care in International Health

In this online course, students will examine the historical beginnings, the reasons for the emergence of surgical care in the public health agenda and the details of the global burden of surgical care need.

Credits: 3



They will explore the wide spectrum of volunteerism, ethics related to clinical care and research in low resource settings, guidelines for activity (projects, programs, partnerships) and the role of advocacy in global surgical care.

Upon successful completion of this course learners will have:

  • an increased understanding of the global status of unmet surgical need
  • a broader appreciation of the ethical issues, the role of advocacy, and the models of surgical care education in international surgery
  • knowledge of the need for injury prevention strategies and for global maternal mortality and morbidity solutions
  • new perspectives on the spectrum of involvement in international surgical activities including volunteerism
  • familiarity with the principles of development in international surgery

What our students had to say:

“Really enjoyed the interviews with people living and working in low resource settings. Really appreciated how up to date the course was with material being relevant to what is going on in 2020.”


“I think the modular nature of the course actually encouraged reading compared with the instructor dealing with everything in a didactic style lecture. I liked review articles to get a general sense of the issues, then moving on to more detailed readings as needed.”


“It was very valuable to have the experiences and perspectives of students and staff who had carried already missions and projects in low resource settings. This will help guide our future projects significantly.”