The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) of the American University of Beirut (AUB), represented by Dr. Sawsan Abdulrahim and Dr. Maia Sieverding, is one of four international universities participating in a pioneering initiative on global health equity led by the College of Public Health at University of Iowa (UI).
Over 14 weeks, professors at UI, AUB, University of Victoria, and Universidad San Francisco de Quito are collaborating on offering an online course in which students explore the concepts of equity and the role and impacts of countries on the latter. The course aims at better understanding the means and steps needed to reduce disparities and advocate for change at the local and international levels.
This course presents an example on the significant use of technology to overcome distance and time difference across the continents to strengthen international collaborations aiming at spreading and applying the concepts of equity for a better global public health. With this successful experience, UI and its partners are planning to offer this course again in fall 2020. The course was funded by the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards (ITTA) program at UI. TTA is an award program sponsored by the Academic Technology Advisory Council to enhance teaching and learning by supporting innovative instructional technology projects.