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Through the Stakeholders' Eyes: An Evaluation of a Transnational Biomedical Research Training Program Advancing the Growing Practice of Global Health Education

Kohut, Lauryn (2022) Through the Stakeholders' Eyes: An Evaluation of a Transnational Biomedical Research Training Program Advancing the Growing Practice of Global Health Education. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Influenced by Embrace the World, Pitt’s strategic plan for its global vision the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) has enhanced its involvement in transnational knowledge sharing endeavors over several decades. The School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh has been directly involved in a global health education initiative involving transnational biomedical research training and scientific skills development. The program involves hosting young Chinese medical professionals or Visiting Chinese Medical Professionals (VCMP) from Tsinghua School of Life Sciences, Beijing, China who work alongside members of the “laboratory community.”

Statement of Dissertation of Practice

This dissertation of practice is an evaluation of this transnational biomedical research training program. The program evaluation includes the assessment of stakeholder perspectives to identify program strengths, areas for development, opportunities, barriers, and goals. Identifying
these areas helps develop an understanding of the responsiveness of the system to this transnational training program.


Personal interviews and focus groups combined with secondary data analysis of the Methods and Logic in Biomedicine curriculum, exit interview surveys designed and conducted by personnel from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM), and contractual objectives were used to identify global health education practices in this transnational training program. A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and barriers (SWOB) analysis was conducted. Data was coded using NVivo software.


Study participant groups’ perspectives align and disconnect in program goals, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and barriers. Effort, generation of data, and personal development are identified as main themes in how each group defines productivity. The “laboratory community” is identified as a system supporting this transnational training program. Reported as an area for development is the espoused value of diversity and inclusion.


This transnational training program in biomedical research is a special niche within global health education. The system supporting this program at the University of Pittsburgh has shown adaptability to challenges. Outcomes of this global health education program are the development of scientific skills sets and the evolution of a young physician scientist.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kohut, Lauryntaitlk@upmc.edulkt20000-0002-9822-2722
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberFerketish,
Committee ChairTrovato,
Committee MemberBilliar,
Committee MemberMayowski,
Date: 10 January 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 8 November 2021
Approval Date: 10 January 2022
Submission Date: 16 December 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 209
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge Sharing, Global Health Education, Transnational, Program Evaluation, Social Innovation, Espoused Values, Systems Thinking
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 18:18
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2022 18:18


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