A Model for Enhancing Midwifery Education With a Global Health Certificate

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Abstract

Global health is centered on promoting health equity for all populations. There is a growing need for midwives to receive education in the field of global health in order to be equipped to care for diverse populations within the United States and internationally. Midwifery students benefit from the opportunity to complete global health coursework and a global health practicum, as these experiences help them learn how to reduce local and global health disparities through interdisciplinary collaboration and international partnerships. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of how a graduate certificate in global health can be used to enhance and enrich midwifery education. The article evaluates the numerous benefits of the global health certificate for midwifery students, and it discusses the logistical challenges of implementation, including potential areas for improvement. By collaborating together, midwifery education programs can expand the breadth of global health courses and practicum experiences available to midwifery students and prepare them to engage in global health projects that improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in the United States and around the world.

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