Table 1

Learning objectives for a pilot workshop on responsible volunteering at Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the global burden of oral diseases and how current challenges in global oral health volunteering are affected by global poverty, population trends, and disease patterns.

  2. Analyze the differences between vertical and horizontal approaches to health, and formulate a combination of the two approaches (a “diagonal” approach) when considering volunteering in global health.

  3. Discuss the issues of global health research conduct and regulation, including ethical concerns and community-based participation through partnership.

  4. Describe the concepts of interdisciplinary collaboration regarding global health policy and practice, including common risk factors and social determinants of health.

  5. Define culture, its components, and how these can lead to cultural bias when volunteering in new and different settings.

  6. Practice performing self-checks in order to recognize one’s own cultural biases and assess the causes of those biases.

  7. Identify how a volunteer’s presence in a community could lead to unintended negative impacts, including resource shifting, unsustainable activities, creating dependency, or wasting resources.