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Global Health and Development

The world has made immense strides in improving health outcomes and increasing life-expectancy over the past century in large part due to improved medicine, infrastructure and technology transfer between nations. However, these gains have been uneven. Many populations continue to face challenges across key metrics such as maternal and child mortality, burden of infectious and chronic disease, and life-expectancy. This course will offer students an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today. Students will be introduced to key topics important to global health including historical roots of global health initiatives; national and international health systems; measures of disease burden; determinants of health outcomes; key global health initiatives and funding mechanisms. The course will also provide exposure to technical skills areas relevant to global health, including epidemiology; assessing the scientific rigor of evidence; advocacy; program planning; theory of change; and program performance measurement.
This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in International Development . Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of key health challenges in developing countries and what stakeholders are doing to address the challenges
  • The ability to describe commonly used measures of population health and how they are used to quantify global burdens of disease
  • Basic knowledge of key tools and skills that are relevant to global health program implementation

Ideal for

  • Students interested in global health
  • People who are looking to learn more about the improvement of global health outcomes
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.