Introducing the Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative

The Initiative brings together a diverse group of global health education leaders from high, middle and low income countries to achieve three central goals:

  1. To construct the first universal global health education curriculum guidelines that would include recommendations regarding objectives, basic competencies, innovative methods of instruction and evaluation, including measures of impact that would be applicable regardless of the student’s country of origin or destination.
  2. To explore how global health education, with its emphasis on the culture of health and health care delivery, changes student knowledge, skills, attitudes and ultimately patient care behaviour.
  3. To plan a web-based, international cooperative, the central purpose of which will be to guide and monitor implementation of the model global health education universal curriculum guidelines in various high, middle and low income countries around the globe.

Please visit our blog to read the latest news from the Initiative.


Transformative Learning Theory: towards a new way of being in the world

Listen to Professor Susan van Schalkwyk from the Centre for Health Professions Education at Stellenbosch University, South Africa discuss transformative learning theory in this AMEE webinar. Transformative Learning (TL) is described as learning that challenges established perspectives, leading to new ways of being in the world. This complex, meta-theory offers educators a theoretical lens through …

Our vision, mission, and values

Our vision

BGHEI enhances health professions schools worldwide with high quality global health education programs.

Our mission

BGHEI represents a diverse group of health professions educators who work in small groups to study important issues in global health education, disseminate this information widely to influence best practices, and assess and monitor implementation of GH curricula.

Our values

Diversity:  BGHEI seeks an equal representation of members from high-, middle- and low-income countries worldwide.  We also value traditional aspects of diversity (such as age, gender and ethnicity) as well as the perspective students bring to our work.

Expertise in Global Health Education:  BGHEI members include experts in global health education theory as well as practice.

Innovation:  Use of technology to manage meetings of the subgroups and in the development and implementation of educational materials.

Collaboration: BGHEI members collaborate within small groups, with the larger BGHEI community, and others working on similar issues.

Our governance

We believe that at this stage of development, the organization should remain relatively “flat” with an Executive Committee/PIs who take responsibility for communications and in-person meetings of the large group, assisting small groups, membership in BGHEI, and concerns about authorship.  Each small group has leaders responsible for managing meetings of the small group, determining collaborations and recommending new members.

Register your interest

We welcome contact from individuals or organisations that share our vision, mission, and values. If you would like to find out more about our work, if you have a question, or if your are interested in joining with us, please get in touch.