Global Health Delivery Online Short Course


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Program Description


Join a global health community in analyzing how power structures shape the response to disease with the Harvard VPAL Global Health Delivery online short course. In this course, you will analyze the spread of Ebola, HIV/AIDS and MDR-TB and the effect of mental health around the world. As you progress, you’ll consider how you can integrate learnings from these examples into your own practices. You’ll learn the interrelated biological and social factors that impact complex global health challenges and contextualize them by reviewing case studies. By the end of the course, you’ll have compiled a health intervention plan for real-world applications.

During this course, you’ll:

  • Network with a peer group of global health change-makers in classwide forums.
  • Understand how the change management process affords you space and confidence to rethink conventional healthcare approaches.
  • Share your digital portfolio of evidence created in the course as proof of your commitment to an evolving, interdisciplinary field.

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Course structure

During this eight-week online course from Harvard's VPAL, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from esteemed Harvard VPAL faculty, including Paul Farmer and Arthur Kleinman, and analyze biosocial approaches that effectively address the healthcare delivery gap. Allocate 8 to 12 hours to your studies each week and learn at your own pace. Each module is released weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning. This online course integrates rich, interactive media, such as videos, infographics, and e-learning activities, as well as traditional didactic components, such as case studies and written module notes.

Characteristic of the case-method approach, you’ll engage in collaborative learning through discussion forums. You’ll be supported as you engage in individual activities and group discussions, ensuring you feel confident to submit your best work at each weekly deadline.

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Who would benefit?

This online short course will suit public health practitioners and aid workers with an interest in public health concerns. Public health leaders who work in an advisory capacity, infectious disease specialists, as well as clinical researchers, will benefit from the analysis of how shifting power structures shape the response to the global burden of disease.

How to register

There are no registration fees or academic prerequisites for this online course. It is available to work professionals, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. However, in order to complete a course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

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This online short course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model, which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals. View the Harvard VPAL Global Health Delivery online short course on the GetSmarter website to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and further information.

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What is the Online Campus?

The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing technical issues, or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Harvard University's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, has established a high-quality environment for education to keep Harvard at the forefront ... Read More

Harvard University's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, has established a high-quality environment for education to keep Harvard at the forefront of learning innovation. Harvard VPAL is the strategic online learning initiative, which connects the prestigious Harvard Schools to students across the globe. Read less
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