Over the past decade global health has evolved from buzzword to discipline, attracting interest from governments, academic institutions and funding organizations. But, what is “global health”?
Although we have made enormous progress in improving health status over the past 50 years, the progress has been uneven. Why?
By examining major global health challenges, programs and policies, students will analyze current and emerging global health priorities, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, health inequity, and major global initiatives for disease prevention.
Module Learning Objectives
At the end of this course, students would have gained an overview of the global health issues, not only in terms of disease burden, but also in terms of the structural underpinnings that drive risk of ill health, health behaviors, and access to care.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
1) Describe key public health concepts related to global health including: the demographic and epidemiological transitions, measures of health status, and the burden of disease;
2) Identify health conditions that have a major impact on morbidity and mortality and key biological concepts needed to understand their public health importance;
3) Discuss the determinants of health and risk factors for conditions of major importance to global health;
4) Discuss the burden of disease in various regions of the world and the variations in incidence and prevalence both within and across countries; and
5) Identify key organizations and institutions, their roles in global health, and the manner in which they can cooperate to address key global health issues.