What are the world’s major health challenges? What contributes to them? What can we do to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities?
Whether you are new to Global Health, want to take a refresher course, or want to sample Global Health before undertaking undergraduate or graduate study in the field, The Challenge of Global Health is designed to provide a comprehensive but concise foundation for understanding Global Health problems and solutions.
Taught by Dr. David Boyd, an award-winning professor at Duke University’s Global Health Institute (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB4xBBzNxVQ), the course combines lectures with videos shot around the world and interviews with some of the world’s foremost Global Health experts.
Basic Concepts in Global Health
This module covers some of the most important basic concept that you need to know to understand global health. In particular we will focus on key terminology and the determinants underlying health and disease.
Understanding the Key Global Health Challenges
This module focuses on examining the causes and distribution of infectious disease, noncommunicable disease, injury/violence/disaster, and MCH (maternal and child health).
Actors & Action: Finding Global Health Solutions
This module explores the main global health actors, how they work, and what strategies they use to improve global health outcomes and to solve global health problems.
The Future of Global Health
This module examines the changes that we expect to occur in global health in the near future and what strategies will best help us to meet the challenges that lie ahead.
Michelle V completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a quality course and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in health! The content was interesting and accessible. (I have only one minor criticism of the course; a few of the quiz questions were confusingly worded.) The excellent instructor...
This is a quality course and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in health! The content was interesting and accessible. (I have only one minor criticism of the course; a few of the quiz questions were confusingly worded.) The excellent instructor made me want to be friends with him. I loved that he spoke with different experts - besides the valuable insights they had to offer about global health practice or life in general, I was interested in their backgrounds and career paths as an undergraduate student figuring out the next step to take. The interviews show specific ways in which people from different fields are applying global health. Another fun part of the course was the videos in which Dr. Boyd "took us" to different countries to immerse us in the local health situations around the world. This course has encouraged me to be a better, more informed problem solver.
Celine Bueno completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Taking this course has deepened my understanding of global health. I say that this course is for not beginners because it requires basic knowledge of the health profession as a whole. Some terms or concepts might be too technical for a lay person to appreciate. If you plan to take this course, make sure that you are very interested because some of the instructional materials might take too long to finish. The quizzes, too, requires you to think beyond of what was explicitly discussed. I appreciated Dr. Boyd's funny quips because it makes the materials easier to digest.
Elizabeth Enjambre Hernani completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Learners who have no background in any health discipline can have little difficulty with this course. The videos cite real-life examples, use several illustrations and simplify concepts. Variation in scenery and dialogues with experts and field workers highly contribute to the overall quality of the material.