Jan 29-31, 2020  |  9:00am - 5:00pm

Global Health Primer: Applying Global Lessons to Enhance Local Practice


January 29-31, 2020

Toronto, Canada

Course Description

This 3-day course offers a broad overview of global health with specific relevance to primary care. It is offered as an early exploration of the field of global health.

Some of the topics explored in this course are:

  • primary care in the context of global health
  • social determinants of health 
  • ethics of global health and service learning
  • essentials of infectious diseases
  • immigrant refugee health
  • indigenous health
  • caring for vulnerable populations in Canada and abroad
  • global health partnerships
  • career planning in global health

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 18 Mainpro+ credits.


This course is open to family medicine residents and faculty, and allied health professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge and skills in global health.


By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the evidence regarding the impact of primary care on global health locally and globally.
  • Describe the epidemiological trends, common management and treatment challenges related to communicable and non-communicable diseases relevant to global health practice.
  • Analyze and critically discuss common practical and ethical challenges in delivering care in low-resource settings.
  • Describe strategies to identify vulnerable populations in Toronto and describe tools and strategies to address the needs of specific vulnerable populations.
  • Identify opportunities for further mentorship and learning in global health available through the DFCM.


Dr. Michael Kidd

Dr. Michael Kidd

Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care. Past president of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

Katherine Rouleau

Dr. Katherine Rouleau

Vice-­Chair Global Health & Social Accountability, Department of Family and Community Medicine,
University of Toronto. Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine & Primary Care.Director, The Besrour Centre, College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Photograph of Dr. Gary Bloch

Dr. Gary Bloch 

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine University of Toronto. Staff Physician, St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team. 


Dr. Isaac Bogoch

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto.  Infectious Diseases consultant and General Internist at the Toronto General Hospital with a focus on tropical diseases, HIV, and general infectious diseases.


Dr. Freida S. Chavez 

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Naheed Dosani

Dr. Naheed Dosani

Palliative Care Physician, William Osler Health System, Palliative Care Project Lead, the Inner City Health Associates


Dr. John Ihnat

Staff Physician, Health Access Thorncliffe Park,  Coordinator of Advocacy and Social Accountability, Department of Family Medicine, Toronto East Health Network


Dr. Praseedha Janakiram

Global Health PGY3 Enhanced Skills Co-Coordinator, Department of Family and Community Medicine University of Toronto. Co-lead, Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine (TAAAC-FM).

Suzanne Shoush

Dr. Suzanne Shoush

Indigenous Health Lead, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Barry Pakes

Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program Director, Global Health Education Initiative Program Director, University of Toronto


  • Didactic sessions 
  • Interactive discussions
  • Networking opportunities

What Alumni Have to Say

“This course energized and empowered me like nothing has for years. But I came away with more than a feeling. I learned a variety of concrete ways people can be involved in global health...I will recommend the Primer to anyone in health care interested in working for a more equitable world.”

“The course was in one word: fantastic.  The speakers themselves were passionate and captivating, and I learned something new in each of the sessions…I finished the primer revitalized with my passion for global health, and with a strong sense of companionship among both the participants and speakers.”



Registration and Fees

Residents and Applied Health Professionals

Before November 1, 2019 - $700.00 plus HST
After November 1, 2019 -    $725.00 plus HST

Clinicians and Faculty

Before November 1, 2019 - $900.00 plus HST
After November 1, 2019    - $925.00 plus HST

The early registration deadline is November 1, 2019
The final registration deadline is January 15, 2020

For more information contact: dfcm.globalhealth@utoronto.ca


(416) 978-3763