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


The course objective is to introduce students to the main concepts of the public health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. Students will get an overview of the determinants of health, and how health status is measured. Students will also review the burden of disease, risk factors, and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be very practical in orientation. The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries and on the health of the poor.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe relationships between health and equity
  • Describe the fundamental analytical tools needed to make a critical assessment of 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 key public health concepts, including: the demographic and epidemiological transitions, the burden of disease, the impact of key health conditions on individuals and on communities, and critical issues in the organization and delivery of 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
  • Identify the key actors in global health and the manner in which they can cooperate to address critical global health issues
  • Describe future challenges in dealing with the unfinished agenda in global health

General Topics:

  • The principles and goals of public health
  • Working together to improve global health
  • Measuring health status and the social determinants of health: culture and health
  • Burden of disease/nutrition
  • Health and the economy
  • Ethics, human rights, social justice, and global health
  • Health systems
  • Disasters
  • Maternal and child health
  • Environment injuries
  • Communicable diseases: emerging ID
  • Communicable diseases: HIV/TB/Malaria and disease control
  • Communicable diseases: neglected tropical diseases
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
Supplemental Materials

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