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Christian Health Service Corps

Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview – ONLINE 2022

March 2 - May 21

Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview Course Description

Training in global health and tropical medicine is crucial for serving in international healthcare settings. In this course healthcare professionals and students will gain knowledge and skills needed for short or long term international service. The course provides an overview of tropical diseases in a case-based format. In addition, it highlights the provision of quality care through the application of global health guidelines.

Course Faculty

Please click the name of each faculty person for a bio.


Willy Bustinza, DO

Dr. Willy Bustinza was born in Peru in the 1980’s in a region torn by terrorism and poverty. Willy’s parents founded a small church in the Andes mountains and taught him to have faith “like a mustard seed” and to expect big things from God. Willy attended seminary in Peru, then traveled to the United States to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He subsequently earned his medical degree and completed his residency in general surgery at Oklahoma State University.

Willy and his wife Jessee (a pediatrician) served in Mexico at Hospital Misión Tarahumara for three years where Willy worked as a general surgeon and was chief of medical staff. Hospital Misión Tarahumara is a mission hospital located in the remote Sierra Madre serving the native Tarahumara people. The Tarahumara are a community of approximately 100,000 who are virtually unreached by the Gospel. The Bustinzas are passionate about discipleship in missions and equipping national healthcare workers with the tools to impact their own communities. They have three beautiful daughters: Lucy (4), Caroline (2) and Emily Joy (4 months.)

Jody Collinge MD

JoAnne ``Jody`` Collinge, MD, FAAP, CTropMed, MSc

After graduating from the College of Wooster Dr. Collinge received her MD and completed residency training in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine from SUNY Upstate Medical Center. She has been Board Certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1986. She completed the Tropical Medicine Course at West Virginia University and received a Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health from the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in 1996, followed by completion of the Gorgas Expert Course in Lima, Peru, in 2001. She received an MSc in Infectious Disease from the University of London in 2006. Jody was in practice as a pediatrician in Saratoga Springs, NY, until the Lord called her to be a medical missionary in Mexico in 1993. She was the Area Coordinator for Mexico with MAI and now serves as Community Health Evangelism (CHE) consultant in charge of curriculum development with the Global CHE Network and is actively involved in the development of Children’s CHE ministries.

John O. Gibson, MD, FAAP, DIMPH, CTropMed

Dr. Gibson received his BS from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, and his MD from UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. He completed a Family Practice Residency at John Peter Smith (JPS) Hospital, Fort Worth, TX, and a certificate in Tropical Medicine. His overseas experience includes 20 years in Thailand as a medical missionary. While there he served in various roles as Director of Bangkhla Baptist Hospital, Founding Director of Thai Peoples Welfare Foundation, Director of New Lives Drug Rehabilitation Program, Director of ChiangKlang Baptist Clinic, and Chairman of Im Jai House Orphanage. In the US John has worked on the Faculty at JPS Family Medicine Residency in Fort Worth Texas, as well as Director of Global Health Education, Director of Ultrasound Training, Faculty of Surgical Obstetrics and Maternal Child Health Fellowship, Coordinator of Joint Residency Project Suranaree University of Technology Institute of Medicine Family Medicine Residency and JPS FMR, and Course Director INMED Intensive Course. He has just retired as UNT Health Sciences Center Assistant Dean of Rural Medical Education and is in process for re-appointment with the IMB to return to Thailand for medical evangelism ministry through medical education.

Mark D. Lacy, MD, MA, FIDSA

Dr. Lacy currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Medical Director of the Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Program at UNM Hospitals. He received his MD from University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at West Virginia University (WVU) Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. He completed a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at WVU and holds an MA in Bioethics from Trinity Graduate School in Deerfield, IL.

Dr. Lacy received a Certification in Tropical Medicine & Travelers Health from the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene in 1996; served as Visiting Clinical Fellow at Aga Khan University, Pakistan International Travel Award, Program in International Health, WVU School of Medicine, 1996; and was a Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Lecturer and Consultant at Jordan University in Amman, Jordan, 1997-98. He served as Director, Clinical Medicine, Parasitic Diseases Program, Command Medical Officer, U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1998-2001.

Dr. Lacy is active in research, writing, and presenting on infectious diseases and has extensive teaching and lecturing experience in the US and around the world, including Afghanistan, India, Mongolia, and Nicaragua in addition to the above.

He previously served as an Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in the Infectious Diseases Division of Texas Tech University School of Medicine Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas as well as Medical Director of the Travel Medicine Clinic, Texas Tech Physicians, TTUHSC and was a Member by Appointment of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Drug Utilization Review Board 2019-2020.


Course Schedule

Course sessions will be held online over 12 weeks according to the following schedule. Scheduling of specific topics may change based on faculty availability. Session times are listed in Central Time – please be sure to translate to your time zone.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Welcome & Introductions, Course Overview
International Standards and Guidelines
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
World Health Problems and Tropical Medicine
Cultural Considerations
Wednesday March 16, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Introduction to Case-Based Learning
Sample Tropical Medicine Case
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Fever in the Tropics
Tropical Diseases Affecting the Neurologic System
Saturday, March 26, 2022 8am-1pm central time
The World Health Organization Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI)
IMCI Approach to Cough/Difficulty Breathing
IMCI Approach to Diarrhea
IMCI Approach to Fever
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Tropical Diseases Affecting the Musculoskeletal System
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Tropical Diseases Affecting the Pulmonary System
Staying Safe/Traveler’s Health
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Tropical Diseases Affecting the Cardiovascular System
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Diagnosis of Malnutrition
Management of Malnutrition
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Ethical Considerations in International Practice
Pharmacology Considerations in International Practice
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Surgery in the Tropics
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
Newborn Care
Student Case Presentations Session 1
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11am-1:30pm central time
IMCI Approach to Sick Infants & Well Children
Student Case Presentations Session 2
Saturday, May 21, 2022 8am-1pm central time
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Student Case Presentations Session 3
Application Stations

Continuing Education

CEU – CEU provided by Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing – T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center, 5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue, Dallas, TX 75235. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16383, for up to 31.00 CEU. Contact hours awarded based on session attendance.

CME – The AAFP has reviewed Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview – Online and deemed it acceptable for up to 31.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 03/02/2022 to 05/21/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
For all AAFP credit equivalencies and recognition, please see “Other Credit Equivalency/Agreements” on the AAFP Credit System website.

*Healthcare providers are responsible for checking with their licensing and credentialing boards to confirm acceptance of credit.

** Participants must be present during the live online course sessions to earn the CME and CEU.

Course resource

Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase, prior to the course, VILLAGE MEDICAL MANUAL 7th Ed: A Guide to Health Care in Developing Countries by Mary Vanderkooi, M.D, D.T.M.&H.  Ordering instructions will be emailed after registration.

Registration and Logistics

Participants may register for the entire course or for each session separately. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions for a comprehensive learning experience. Please note that the above schedule is tentative and may be adjusted based on faculty availability.
Please allow 24 hours processing time after registration to receive online session login instructions.


When you click the Register Now button below, you will have the following options:
– pay the full course registration fee of $640 today
– OR make a deposit of $75 toward the full course registration fee (information on setting up payments toward the balance will be emailed to you)
– OR pay $25 each to register for one or more individual session(s)

Previous Global Health and Tropical Medicine Overview Course Reviews

“Great Course! So very applicable and helpful.”

“Covered lots of great topics, lots of practical knowledge.”

“Instructors with a ton of real-world experience offered insight that was invaluable.”

“The course presented a wide variety of resources that were applicable across medical specialties and levels of training.”

“I feel I am more equipped to serve on the mission field than ever before.”

For more information:

Contact Laura Smelter – [email protected], 903-962-4000 ext 3.

You should receive both an email receipt and a registration confirmation letter by email within 5 business days after registering.
You should also receive session login instructions emailed separately – please allow 24 hours processing time after registering to receive the login instructions.

Cancellation policy

If you must cancel your registration, CHSC will refund the full amount paid minus an amount equal to the course deposit ($75).

If CHSC cancels a course (for example, due to low enrollment), we will inform all registered participants 1 month prior to the course start date and will refund the full amount paid. Participants are solely responsible for travel plans and expenses. We encourage registrants to make travel plans after the 1 month course confirmation date.



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