8.1 Objectives


Through this module, you will:

  • Understand the role of scholar in reducing health disparities for refugees, elderly and other vulnerable populations
  • Identify the skills and methods of a global health scholar
  • Appreciate the challenges, as well as the many rewards, of emerging global health scholarship

Host Introduction Video

Read the video transcript

Hello, I’m Meb Rashid, a family physician from Toronto, who, for the better part of the last 15 years, has worked with refugees in Canada as wells as in Nicaragua and Tanzania. But it was in Canada, working with refugees, that I became committed to improving healthcare delivery for this population. To do this, I recognize the need to clearly identify health issues and to develop research and scholar skills both among practitioners and refugees themselves. Enjoy.

Duration: 15 seconds

Professor Archibald Leman Cochrane (1909-1988)

Photo of Professor Cochran.
Photo Credit: Cochrane Collaboration: http://www.cochrane.org/

“Because resources will always be limited, they should be used to provide equitably those forms of health care which had been shown in properly designed evaluations to be effective.”

Epidemiologist Profile

Dr. Raywat Deonandan’s Script:

“Ours is an increasingly globalized world, with populations moving between nations at ever accelerating rates. This has profound implications for the health of everyone involved, not just those doing the moving. Epidemiologists and population health researchers use statistics and other indirect methods to study trends and factors associated with population health. This approach is particularly useful in both global health and refugee health as a cost-effective method for understanding how complicated, intertwined forces affect a population’s health. While coordination with other health professionals, epidemiologists can often bring a heft and perspective that are essential for a truly evidence-based approach to addressing today’s global health challenges.”