The faculty, staff, and trainees at the Medical University of South Carolina are currently actively engaged in collaborative global partnerships in the areas of education, public health, clinical care, and research. To date, our globalization efforts have improved the quality of life of individuals locally, nationally, and globally, provided valuable skills and knowledge to participants, generated scientific evidence, created additional revenue, enhanced our ability to recruit students, fellows, residents, and faculty who share an interest in global health, and elevated the reputation and visibility of the University worldwide.
Our students benefit from exposure to and participation in global efforts. In order to build on these achievements and to capitalize on the diverse opportunities available to expand our global efforts, MUSC has chosen to make globalization a strategic priority. Becoming a more comprehensive global resource will require a University-wide cultural shift. In keeping with cultures around the world, this shift will require a strong family-centered, culturally-sensitive focus with keen attention to closing the gap on health inequities and an understanding of human needs across the age span.
University personnel may require an increased awareness of the benefits of a global focus, training in techniques, policies, and procedures to expand their work to global entities, and support to carry out their work in near and distant environments in ways that require creative thinking.
Build an infrastructure that supports collaboration, coordination, and a commitment to sustainable globalization activities highlighting
the unique strengths of MUSC.
a) Elevate the existing MUSC Center for Global Health in the College of Medicine to a University Center for Global Health in order to facilitate and coordinate interprofessional/interdisciplinary global initiatives on campus. This will require the engagement of an experienced leader in global health to develop a sustainable business plan.
The following are specific goals and activities to be achieved by the Center.
i. Coordinate the global health resources at MUSC and disseminate MUSC global health
- Conduct and maintain an inventory of global activities in the University.
- Connect relevant resources to achieve synergy and reduce redundancy.
- Identify and understand the needs of global and local partners.
- Identify successful models in existence internally and externally and explore the use of these models.
- Collect and disseminate outcomes related to global health activities across the enterprise.
- Coordinate University response to global health crises.
- Serve as a resource for training and project management.
ii. Develop creative, sustainable funding sources for global health initiatives.
- Develop collaborations with private, nonprofit, and philanthropic business partners for economic development for global health initiatives.
- Support MUSC faculty, staff, and students in the production of proposals for research, programs, and philanthropic funding.
b) Advance the culture of the University to embrace global initiatives.
- Incentivize MUSC academic and clinical entities to encourage recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and trainees with global interests.
- Incentivize and reward faculty, staff, and trainees for participation in global initiatives.
- Incorporate global activities into performance evaluations when appropriate.
- Broaden promotion and tenure criteria to include global activities as optional criteria.
- Increase global perspectives in health language and culture within the University.
Position MUSC to be recognized as a leader in global health initiatives.
- Integrate global health education into MUSC curricula.
- Support the outreach of education, specialized clinical services, and research globally.
- Promote education about global health at local and global levels.
- Develop collaborative agreements with other top global health centers.
- Promote research on health inequalities, disparities, and social determinants in health.
- Promote evidence-based interventions that reach underserved populations.
- Build collaborations with other institutions and communities across South Carolina.