Explore global health governance and the challenges facing healthcare workers and policymakers.
Learn how global health priorities and problems are addressed
The promotion of global health is central to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. People-centred health services are needed to respond to health challenges and priorities, but they are lacking in the places and populations that need them the most.
On this course, you will gain a deeper understanding of the global health challenges in the 21st century. You will discover the impact of globalization on the level of health worldwide. You will also look at the role global, national and local governance has to address the current health inequities in the world.
What topics will you cover?
- What is global health?
- Key concepts in global health governance
- The current state of health and well-being in the world today
- The social determinants of health
- Theories of globalization
- Case studies of globalization
- Understanding health inequities
- Responses to contemporary global health case studies
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Explain the ecological definition of health and all of its determinants.
- Explain the differences in health and healthcare around the world.
- Summarise the role of national health policies, strategies and plans.
- Assess current mechanisms for global health governance.
- Assess critically current issues in global health and global health governance.
- Evaluate the human right to health as reflected in international instruments.
- Assess the effects of globalization, both positive and negative.
- Assess the role of international organizations in global health.
- Assess the role and impact of international development assistance for health.
Who is the course for?
This course has been designed for all those interested in global health policies and interventions, whether from a healthcare background or otherwise.
Who will you learn with?
I am a Lecturer in the Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. My background is in medicine, medical anthropology, global health and international development.
Richard Alderslade is a public health doctor from the UK who has worked extensively internationally in both the humanitarian and development fields. He now teaches global health in London and New York.
I am a Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law at St George's, University of London. I have studied medicine, philosophy and medical education. I have also completed a PhD in Law.
I am a palliative care doctor currently studying for a PhD. My research interests include global health, global health ethics, palliative care and philosophy as it applies in healthcare.
Who developed the course?
St George's, University of London
St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.
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