Course in An Introduction to Global Health


Program Description

Course in An Introduction to Global Health


Course in An Introduction to Global Health

This course will provide you with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today. You will gain insight into how challenges have changed over time, we will discuss the likely determinants of such changes and examine future projections. Successful international strategies and programs promoting human health will be highlighted and global health governance structures will be mapped and the role of the key actors explored.

About the Course

The course takes its starting point in the belief that good health is intimately linked with personal happiness, productivity, the economic and social development of nations and the advancement of people.

Globalization processes influence the health of individuals, societies and the function of health systems in many ways and may present opportunities but may also pose a risk to vulnerable societies. Throughout this course presentations will transcend the perspectives of individual countries and will critically discuss how global mega-trends and different sectors of society influence the health of population. Transition in health and the drivers of such transition will be core elements of this course.

During the four first course weeks we will explore a range of themes, including: communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, child health, reproductive health and rights, and health among refugees and displaced populations. We focus on the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable disease experienced by much of the world’s population today.

As the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) nears, course participants will also reflect on the post-MDG agenda by exploring the future of global health and trends in technical innovation, global strategies and programs in the fight for better health. Through lectures, readings, and assignments, course participants will be asked to think critically about the health of the world’s population and to reflect on overcoming the challenges of achieving good health around the world.

Course Syllabus

The course consists of eight topical modules, which will be released in pairs - two modules each Tuesday - during the first four weeks of the course.

  • Module 1: Global Health Governance and Health Systems
  • Module 2: Epidemiological Transition and Global Burden of Diseases
  • Module 3: Infectious Diseases
  • Module 4: Environment, Sanitation and Climate Change
  • Module 5: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
  • Module 6: Mental Health and Injuries
  • Module 7: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
  • Module 8: Migration, Disasters and Emergency Health

The fifth (and last) course week is for catching up on assignments and finishing the peer grading process.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

The course is on an introductory level, but for students who want to dig deeper or already have some prior knowledge from medicine, public health, politics or another related field we have compiled some additional readings, that will be presented each week.

Course Format

The class will consist of lecture videos, which will be between 5 and 25 minutes long. Each lecture video contains integrated quiz questions. Video lectures will be given by researchers, professionals and global health practitioners from around the world - providing students with multiple perspectives. A number of interviews with global health professionals and researchers will be presented as videos. There will also be homework that is not part of the videos, primarily in the form of reading short articles, quizzes and short writing/assessing tasks. For each topic a list of internet resources and key references will be listed for further self-study.

Eligible for

  • Verified Certificate
  • Statement of Accomplishment

Course at a Glance

  • 5 weeks of study
  • 3-5 hours/week of work
  • English
  • Português & Español subtitles
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
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Sept. 2017
5 weeks
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