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Course Overview:

The course will introduce students to the main challenges in global health and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. The course will focus broadly on the global burden of disease, how health status is measured, the major determinants of health and health disparities, and special topics/case studies in global health. The course will cover key theoretical concepts and frameworks, but will be practical in orientation and will draw on expert guest lecturers in each of the topical areas. The course will be global in coverage with an important focus on low- and middle-income countries and on the health of the poor.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and analysis of:

  • Key public health concepts, including the demographic and epidemiological transitions, the global burden of disease, the impact of poor health on individuals and communities, and critical issues in the organization and delivery of health services.
  • The burden of disease in various regions of the world, including how it varies both within and across countries and regions, and how the disease burden can be addressed.
  • Complex multi-directional links between health and social, political, and economic factors.
  • 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.
  • The major actors in global health and the manner in which they can cooperate to address key global health issues.
  • How health priorities are determined nationally and globally for health intervention.
  • Future challenges and recommendations for dealing with the unfinished agenda in global health.
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