The Development and Implementation of a Competency-Based Curriculum for Training in Global Health Research

Thanh G. N. Ton Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Sophia P. Gladding Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Joseph R. Zunt Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Chandy John Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Vivek R. Nerurkar Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Cheryl A. Moyer Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Nicole Hobbs Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Molly McCoy Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Joseph C. Kolars Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Department of Medicine (Infectious Disease), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii; Global Research, Education and Collaboration in Health (REACH) and Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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The Fogarty International Center (FIC) Global Health Fellows Program provides trainees with the opportunity to develop research skills through a mentored research experience, increase their content expertise, and better understand trends in global health research, funding organizations, and pathways to generate support. The Northern Pacific Global Health Fellows Research and Training Consortium, which hosts one of the FIC Global Health Programs, sought to enhance research training by developing, implementing, and evaluating a competency-based curriculum that uses a modular, asynchronous, web-based format. The curriculum has 8 core competencies, 36 learning objectives, and 58 assignments. Nineteen trainees completed their 11-month fellowship, engaged in the curriculum, and provided pre- and post-fellowship self-assessments. Self-assessed scores significantly improved for all competencies. Trainees identified the curriculum as one of the strengths of the program. This competency-based curriculum represents a first step toward creating a framework of global health research competencies on which further efforts could be based.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Joseph C. Kolars, 4122 Med Sci I, SPC 5624, 1301 Catherine St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5624. E-mail: jckolars@umich.edu

Financial support: This project was supported by National Institutes of Health Research Training Grant R25TW009345 funded by the Fogarty International Center, National Institute of Mental Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Office of Research on Women's Health, and Office of Aids Research, and National Center for Research Resources/National Insitutes of Health Grant UL1 RR025014.

Authors' addresses: Thanh G. N. Ton, Departments of Neurology and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, E-mail: thanhton@uw.edu. Sophia P. Gladding, Chandy John, and Molly McCoy, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Global Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, E-mails: gladd001@umn.edu, ccj@umn.edu, and mccoy019@umn.edu. Joseph R. Zunt, Departments of Neurology, Medicine, and Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, E-mail: jzunt@uw.edu. Vivek R. Nerurkar, Departments of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology, and Pharmacology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, E-mail: nerurkar@hawaii.edu. Cheryl A. Moyer and Joseph C. Kolars, Global REACH and Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, E-mails: camoyer@med.umich.edu and jckolars@umich.edu. Nicole Hobbs, Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, E-mail: hobbsn@uw.edu.

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