Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine


The Department of Emergency Medicine is networked to various educational and learning opportunities for students, residents, nurses, faculty and other Northwestern staff to learn more about Global Emergency Medicine. Introductory courses in humanitarian response and health, university wide- presentation and conferences help the Northwestern community stay informed about global health and humanitarian issues. Extra-university courses and opportunities are also available for interested individuals seeking a career in global health and humanitarian assistance.

EM Faculty Teaching

Demetrios N. Kyriacou MD, PhD trains Nigerian scientists in collaboration with the Center for Global Health/The Fogarty International Center at the NIH under the AIDS Prevention Initiative (APIN). Learn more about his activities here.

Northwestern University Courses

Health and Human Rights
The Health and Human Rights course examines the intersection of health and international human rights.  Readings and discussion will focus on whether there is a universal right to health; how to maximize access to health; the health implications of war crimes and atrocities; and the meaning of rights and access in resource-poor settings such as refugee camps and fragile states.  Special attention will be paid to the role of corporate social responsibility and advanced economies in access to health.( PH 393 Health and Human Rights, 2011)

National and International Courses

Humanitarian Studies Initiative 
Humanitarian Studies offers participants a curriculum designed to prepare them to work effectively in humanitarian relief, development and research projects in the field. Through classroom study and group based workshops as well as participation in a weekend long simulation exercise students are exposed to concepts and skills which will add to their knowledge of the humanitarian sector.  (April 2013)

Global Health & Emergencies Course
A “two-week CME conference aimed at residents, attending physicians and other healthcare providers will focus on providing participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to effectively engage in high-impact interventions in a variety of global health emergencies. The course will immerse students in the most critical global health issues of today: the Global Fund Diseases - Malaria, TB, HIV; trauma; chronic diseases; pandemics; and complex humanitarian emergencies.” (August 5th-16th 2013)

Other Opportunities