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Health Equity (formerly Global Health) Program Key Competencies:

Medical (Global Health) Expert

The global family doctor will provide compassionate, culturally sensitive, effective, evidence-informed, and patient-centered care to a diverse population.  This care shall be deeply informed by determinants of health.  


The global family doctor will communicate effectively with patients, families, community members, the interdisciplinary team, policy makers, and any other stakeholders, with respect and humility across differences such as language, gender, culture, literacy, status and power.


The global family doctor will work well not only with patients, families, and their communities, but also in solidarity with all multidisciplinary stakeholders and interests in health and its determinants.  They will aim for reciprocity and sustainability in all partnerships and alliances, whether therapeutic or professional. 


The global family doctor will champion equitable access for all, to health and its determinants.  Using their influence mindfully, they will promote the highest standard of care possible, while carefully considering the attributes of the patient or community for whom they care.


Global family doctors carefully develop and attend to the leadership role ascribed to them by society, in order to strengthen multi-disciplinary health care teams and delivery systems.  They advocate for accountability, transparency, and a preferential option for those at higher risk of suffering, while giving consideration to local resources and context.


The global family doctor will master and apply methods and strategies that are adapted to the unique needs of the patients and communities with whom they work, in the creation, dissemination, application and translation of knowledge

(Adapted directly from Redwood-Campbell et al. 2011).


The global family doctor will have an attitude and manner that recognizes the dignity of every human being.  They will exemplify the core values of global health practice including:  equity, interdisciplinary, diplomacy, social justice, solidarity, reciprocity, accountability, respect, humility, and sustainability. 

This conscientious practitioner will possess the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes to care for him or herself well over the course of their global health career. 

Core themes include:

  • Refugee and immigrant health 
    Indigenous health 
    Infectious disease including HIV, TB, and hepatitis 
    Inner-city health