Course Summary
Credit Type:
45 hours (15 weeks)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Global Public Health


The course objective is to introduce the main concepts of the global health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify key public health concepts, including the demographic and epidemiological transitions, the burden of disease, the impact of key health conditions on individuals and communities, and critical issues in the organization and delivery of health services
  • Describe the determinants of health and risk factors for conditions of importance to global health
  • Describe the burden of disease in various regions of the world, how it varies both within and across countries, and how the disease burden can be addressed in cost-effective ways
  • Identify the multi-directional links between health and social and economic factors
  • Describe relationships between health and equity
  • Describe the fundamental analytical tools needed to critically assess the health status of people in various countries, the determinants of their health, and how key health issues might be addressed in cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable ways
  • Identify the key actors in global health and how they can cooperate to address critical global health issues
  • Describe future challenges in dealing with the unfinished agenda in global health

General Topics:

  • International health agencies
  • Measuring health status
  • Social determinants of health
  • Culture and health
  • Burden of disease and economics of health
  • Ethics, human rights, social justice, and global health
  • Health systems
  • Disasters
  • Women's and children's health
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Neglected and emerging infectious disease
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Methods of Assessment:

  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers
  • Written discussions

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

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