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Recommended Reading

  • Center Director's Recommended Books

    1.  Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

    2.  Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

    3.  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

    4.  The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can be Done About It by Paul Collier

    5.  Epic Measures: One doctor. Seven Billion Patients by Jeremy N. Smith

    6.  The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

    7.  Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

    8.  The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs

    9.  Books by Paul Farmer

      1. The Pathology of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor

      2.  Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues

      3.  Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

      4. Haiti After the Earthquake

    10. White Man's Burden by William Easterly

    11. The Human Right to Health by Jonathan Wolff

    12. Heart and Soul: Awakening Your Passion to Serve by Gary Morsch


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FSU College of Medicine Global Health Elective and Externships

  • MDE 7070 - Global Health Elective
    • This 2 or 4 week experience is designed to provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the broad field of global (or international) health. It is composed of a series of readings, online discussion groups and written assignments. The student will have the opportunity to tailor the experience to their own interests that may include an overview of the health situation in a given country and/or specific conditions such as nutrition, mother-child health, communicable disease, etc. This elective should be considered in one of the following situations: 1) taken as a stand-alone course for a student with broad interests in global health; 2) prior to MEL 7123 (International Health Externship) to provide better preparation for a student who will complete an international experience overseas; or 3) as an international experience WITH FSUCOM faculty in locations such as Nicaragua or Panama.
  • MDX 7075 - International Health Externship
    • This 2 or 4 week experience is designed to provide the student with an intense exposure to the practiceof medicine in international settings where the physicians and other health care providers provide care.Students will also be encouraged to view the total health care system of the country(ies) and compare to the United States. The student will be required to meet with the course director as soon as this course is chosen and at least 4 months prior to the planned experience. The student will also be required to prepare a brief report (2 to 3 pages) that discusses the experience and the achievement of the above objectives. Although this is "based" in the Tallahassee campus, the student does NOT need to travel to Tallahassee. All arrangements with the Elective Director can be done by phone and email. This is "counted" as an external elective by the FSU College of Medicine.