SocMed, a 501(c) non-profit organization, advocates for and implements global health curricula founded on the study of social medicine. By engaging health professionals though careful examination of the social and economic contexts of health and immersing them in partnership with a diverse group of students from around the world, we aim to foster innovative leaders who are ready to tackle challenging health problems in communities around the world.
SocMed utilizes a curriculum that places great importance on building personal partnerships and encouraging students to reflect upon their personal experiences with power, privilege, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as central to effective partnership building in global health. In the spirit of praxis (a model of education that combines critical reflection with action) these components of the course give students the opportunity to discern their role in global health and social medicine through facilitated, in-depth conversations with core faculty and student colleagues.
Currently, SocMed offers annual courses in partnership with Lacor Hospital in Gulu, Uganda and with EqualHealth in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.