An Introduction to Global Health

Understanding challenges and solutions to global health issues from an inter-disciplinary perspective.
This course is archived
Estimated 6 weeks
2–5 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this course

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Global Health is a new field within public health sciences that integrates the knowledge from fields such as epidemiology, medicine, economy and the behavioral sciences. The main aim of the course, An Introduction to Global Health, is to describe and analyze variation in health between and within countries. This will provide an understanding of causes of the variation. The course will include measurements and determinants of health. Further, the course offers a public health perspective of the global burden of diseases. The course will specifically address: Maternal and Child Health; Sexual reproductive health and rights; Major infectious disease - malaria, TB, HIV, pneumonia; Non communicable disease; Mental health; Disasters; Injuries; Health systems and financing; and Health policy. Analysis will be done from a gender and equity perspective.

The course combines different teaching methods: lectures, self-study, and exercises using gapminder tools ( to analyze indicators. An added value is that the course is open to participants from different parts of the world, which creates an intercultural learning and teaching environment.

By the end of this course, you should have a good idea of how these key global health challenges are approached by different stakeholders. You will have developed an understanding of what kind of solutions exist today and hopefully you will be curious as to how to make positive difference in the world.

At a glance

  • Institution: KIx
  • Subject: Medicine
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is designed to allow participation by everyone, including the general population and scholars, without prior knowledge.

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • How the countries of the world changed from being developing or developed countries to now being a on a continuum of socio-economic level
  • How falling child mortality and fertility will end the fast growth of the world population in this century
  • How economic level, inequity and policy of nations determines the health of its citizens
  • How the global burden of diseases change from mainly infections to now mainly non-communicable diseases
  • How global policies such as UNs Development Goals, trade regulation, patents and human rights influence health

Week 1: Global health trends

  • Quiz: What do you know about the world?
  • Introduction
  • Money and health
  • Indicators
  • Determinants

Week 2: Sex and Birth

  • Introduction
  • Population • Maternal Health
  • Newborn Health
  • Course assignment 1 (peer assessment)

Week 3: Child Health

  • Introduction
  • Nutrition & Growth
  • 3 Main Child Killers
  • Vaccination

Week 4: Infections & Environment

  • Introduction
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • HIV and TB
  • Antibiotic Use and Resistance

Week 5: Non-Communicable Diseases and injuries

  • Introduction
  • Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, lung disease
  • Mental health • Injuries and Disasters
  • Course assignment 2 (peer assessment)

Week 6: Cure, Prevent or Promote?

  • Introduction
  • Health Policy & Implementation
  • Health Services including Financing
  • Future Innovations
  • Exit quiz

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