Global health education (GHE) continues to be a growing initiative in many medical schools across the world. This focus is no longer limited to participants from high-income countries and has expanded to institutions and students from low- and middle-income settings. With this shift has come a need to develop meaningful curricula through engagement between educators and learners who represent the sending institutions and the diverse settings in which GHE takes place. The Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative (BGHEI) was founded to create a space for such debate and discussion and to generate guidelines towards a universal curriculum for global health. In this article, we describe the development and process of our work and outline six overarching principles that ought to be considered when adopting an inclusive approach to GHE curriculum development.
The Bellagio Global Health Education Initiative in conjunction with The Israeli Society for Medical Education and the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev explored the issue of why teach global health to medical students at a joint meeting in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva in November 2016.