Global Pediatrics Education Series

Related Online Course

The Online Global Health Course is made up of seven online modules. You can register for the entire course or for one or more individual modules. 

The Global Pediatrics Education Series ("GPEDS") is comprised of 28 blocks (approximately 23 hours) of lecture-based content delivered by pediatric specialists. Its primary aim is to provide foundational knowledge preparation for trainees and/or practicing providers who plan to work abroad in an under-resourced area of the world. It is also suitable for those who wish to gain knowledge of global health to inform a U.S.-based clinical practice.

The content was authored by experts in pediatric global health from the University of Minnesota and partner institutions, and vetted by unbiased, external experts. Technical handouts and self-paced assessments round out this unique, premiere learning activity.   


  • Pretest
  • 5 topic-based units, each with an accompanying comprehension quiz
  • a module feedback survey (required for CME credit) 
  • posttest

Each element is linked on the homepage in the suggested order for completion. After completing the pretest, you are welcome to work the topic-based units in the order of your choosing.

About This Module

The Global Pediatrics Education Series (“GPEDS”) is comprised of lecture-based content from pediatric specialists and aims to provide foundational knowledge preparation for the trainee or practicing provider who plans to work abroad in an under-resourced area of the world, or who wishes to gain knowledge of global health to inform a U.S.-based clinical practice.

The module enables you to:

  • Discuss the health and socioeconomic factors that influence neonatal, child, and maternal survival.
  • Utilize appropriate terminology regarding global health epidemiology and state the United Nations Millennium Development Goals related to global child health preventable diseases. 
  • Effectively manage and treat diarrhea and pneumonia, the leading causes of child mortality in low and middle income countries.
  • Apply clinical knowledge of commonly-encountered infectious diseases prevalent in low and middle income countries.
  • Recognize and treat common hematologic diseases, including acquired and hereditary anemias.
  • Recognize and treat undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies using best practices.
  • Use the insights gained from the successful polio eradication campaign as a model for large-scale global health initiatives.
  • Describe role of global pediatrics domestically, including the preparation and care of internationally adopted children, refugee health, and travel medicine. 
  • Take appropriate steps to prepare for and safely travel abroad.

The units that comprise this module are:

A: Global Child Health In Context
B: Disease Identification and Management
C: Clinical Pearls
D: Preparation For Global Health Service
E: Global Health At Home

After completing the pretest, you can complete the units in any order.


Content Titles and Descriptions

  • Global Indicators of Child Health: Dr. Cindy Howard defines indicators of child survival and loss of developmental potential by exploring the major causes of under five mortality throughout the world.
  • Neonatal Survival and Maternal Health: After providing a review of the leading causes of neonatal morbitity and mortality worldwide, Dr. Tina Slusher provides evidence-based, low-cost, methods to provide treatment in low resource settings.
  • Polio: Dr. Harry Hull, an epidemiologist, uses the story of polio eradication to provide a model for a sucessful global health campaign. He also reviews the presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.
  • Pneumonia: Dr. Cindy Howard reviews the causes and management of pneumonia, the leading cause of under five mortality worldwide.
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Dehydration: Addressing one of the leading causes of under-5 mortality, Dr. Tina Slusher provides an overview of the diagnosis, epidemiology, and management of dehydration in low and middle income countries.
  • Malnutrition: Dr. Cindy Howard explains the impact and epidemiology of malnutrition and the classification of malnutrition, discusses the WHO growth standards, and the WHO ten steps of nutritional rehabilitation.
  • Malaria: Dr. Chandy John provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of malaria and its complications.
  • HIV: Dr. DeAnna Friedman provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of HIV/AIDS as well as reviewing several key opportunistic infections.
  • Measles: In a case-based format, Dr. Tina Slusher reviews measles diagnosis and management.
  • Bacterial Meningitis: Dr. Chandy John provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of bacterial meningitis and its complications.
  • Intestinal Parasites: Dr. Stephen Swanson provides a thorough review of key intestinal parasites, with a specific focus on soil-transmitted helminths.
  • Pediatric Tuberculosis: Dr. Stacene Maroushek provides an overview on the diagnosis and management of pediatric TB and its complications.
  • Hematology in the Tropics: Dr. Troy Lund reviews common hematologic diseases encountered in the tropics, including acquired and congenital anemias. Dr. Olatundun Williams is also involved in the lecture.
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease: Dr. Sheila Nguyen provides an overview of the diagnosis, and management of Acute Rheumatic Fever and heart disease.
  • Gynecology - Bleeding and STIs: Although obstetrics is usually a focus of global health efforts, in this lecture Rahel Ghebre, MD focuses on common gynecological issues facing patients who are not pregnant. The objectives of this lecture include management of abnormal vaginal and uterine bleeding and management of genital infections, such as bacertial vaginosis (BV) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Dr. Ghebre clearly addresses the etiologies, diagnosis, and treatment of each gynecological infection.
  • Animals and Human Health: Dr. Jeff Bender helps us understand the relationships between animals and people in this lecture, in which he seeks to raise awareness of common zoonotic diseases often found in impoverished areas. In addition. Dr. Bender also talks about recent emerging zoonotic disease events.
  • Practicing Pediatrics in Low-Resource Settings: Dr. Tina Slusher gives an overview of the changes in clinical procedure and philosophy in a setting lacking medical resources.  Dr. Slusher discusses common pediatric procedures in low and middle income countries and changes to clinical management due to resources and cultural appropriateness.
  • Case-based Review of Viruses and Vaccine Preventable Diseases: The cases presented in this lecture by Tina Slusher, MD, test your knowledge of vaccine preventable and other viral infections, and their treatments in low-resource settings.
  • Case-based Review of Pediatric Tropical Diseases: Through a series of multiple case studies, Dr. Slusher provides a comprehensive review on several causes of pediatric illness in the Tropics.
  • Approach to the Unconscious Child: Dr. Steve Merry dives right into a case study to assess the delivery of medical care to unconscious pediatrics in a globalized healthcare setting. This lecture also relates to the overall care of children, and the main causes of death among children in Africa.
  • Basic Anesthesia and Sedation: Dr. Betty Wu aims to teach how to accurately assess pain in pediatric patients. Equally important, Dr. Wu also discusses when the use of anesthesia is appropriate, and how to most safely administer. 
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Dr. Tina Slusher provides an overview of the vaccine preventable diseases underscoring the massive impact that vaccination programs can have on global child health.
  • Health and Safety Abroad: This practical lecture is geared toward the practitioner with very little experience traveling abroad, including information on pre-travel considerations, scenarios for what to do if trouble happens while traveling abroad, and the symptoms of culture shock.
  • Humanitarian Assessment: Basia Tomczyk, RN, MS, MPH, DrPH, describes the role of the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch/ CDC in disaster relief. Dr. Tomczyk establishes how to implement Humanitarian Reform and its impact, while using the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as a case study.
  • International Child Rights and Advocacy: Using a case as a guide, Dr. Vidya Ramanathan discusses how clinicians can use awareness of international child rights to effectively advocate on their behalf both domestically and abroad.
  • International Adoption: Judith K. Eckerle provides a detailed summary of the current issues and trends in international adoption and the clinical care of these children on arrival, at the six-months follow-up and beyond.
  • Caring for Immigrant and Refugee Children: Underscoring the fact that global pediatrics does not just occur while practicine in low and middle income countries, Dr. Stacene Maroushek provides an overview of the care for immigrant and refugee children domestically.
  • Care of the Pediatric International Traveler: The risks and benefits associated with international travel for children vary by age. Andrea Summer, MD, covers child travel safety, including precautions related to motion sickness, altitude sickness and traveler’s diarrhea, vaccines important for children, and malaria prophylaxis.

Registration & Pricing

Regular Individual (Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and other health care providers)



Discount Rate (Medical trainees, including medical students, residents and fellows outside of the U of M Pediatric Global Health Track; retirees; active U.S. military personnel; health professionals from developing countries (as defined by WHO) AND University of Minnesota Global Pediatrics faculty)



Institutions & Organizations

$2500 initially, $1250 annual renewal; contact Jameel Winter at for more information.

Temporary Preview Access: If you are interested in previewing the course online, please contact Jameel Winter at


Continuing Medical Education Credits: This activity is eligible for up to 23.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


University of Minnesota

Michael Pitt, MD (course director)
Cindy Howard, MD, MPHTM
Tina Slusher, MD
Chandy John, MD
Harry Hull, MD
DeAnna Friedman, MD
Stephen Swanson, MD
Stacene Maroushek, MD, PhD
Troy Lund, MD, PhD
Sheila Nguyen, MD
Rahel Ghebre, MD
Jeff Bender, DVM
Stephen Merry, MD
Basia Tomcyk, RN, MS, MPH, DrPH
Vidya Ramanathan, MD
Judith K. Eckerle, MD
Andrea Summer, MD