An Introduction to Global Health

This course will provide you with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today. You will gain insight into how challenges have changed over time, we will discuss the likely determinants of such changes and examine future projections. Successful international strategies and programs promoting human health will be highlighted and global health governance structures will be mapped and the role of the key actors explored.

About The Course

The course takes its starting point in the belief that good health is intimately linked with personal happiness, productivity, the economic and social development of nations and the advancement of people.

Globalization processes influence the health of individuals, societies and the function of health systems in many ways and may present opportunities but may also pose a risk to vulnerable societies. Throughout this course presentations will transcend the perspectives of individual countries and will critically discuss how global mega-trends and different sectors of society influence the health of population. Transition in health and the drivers of such transition will be core elements of this course. 

During the four first course weeks we will explore a range of themes, including: communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, child health, reproductive health and rights, and health among refugees and displaced populations. We focus on the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable disease experienced by much of the world’s population today.

As the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) nears, course participants will also reflect on the post-MDG agenda by exploring the future of global health and trends in technical innovation, global strategies and programs in the fight for better health. Through lectures, readings, and assignments, course participants will be asked to think critically about the health of the world’s population and to reflect on overcoming the challenges of achieving good health around the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Professor Flemming Konradsen.

  • What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, all you need is an internet connection, and the time to read, write, and discuss some of the greatest challenges of our time.

  • What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

    Good health is one of the greatest challenges facing the development and prosperity of nations today. The changing burdens of disease affect millions of people globally. This course provides you with the basic knowledge needed to involve yourself in the global movement for better health and to qualify for attending more extensive courses in global health.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!
The course is on an introductory level, but for students who want to dig deeper or already have some prior knowledge from medicine, public health, politics or another related field we have compiled some additional readings, that will be presented each week.