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This course proposes an overview of current global health challenges drawing on the insights of several academic disciplines including medicine, public health, law, economics, social sciences and humanities. This interdisciplinary approach will guide the student into seven critical topics in global health.
Welcome to Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview! This course consists of the course guides, including discussion forum activities and assessments, along with presentations by a range of presenters, from the University of Geneva, The Graduate Institute, WHO, UNDP, WTO, IUCN, Medicines Patent Pool, among others. You will benefit from the insights and perspectives of multiple contributors involved in global health research, teaching, policy and practice across disciplines and sectors. Your enjoyment and benefits from the course will above all depend on your participation within this course, and we very much look forward to your participation through the discussion forums. Enjoy the course!
Introduction to Global Health concepts
This module will introduce the concept of global health. Global health is a relatively new field and there is currently some debate over its definition.
Emerging Trends in Global Health: Infectious Diseases
There are 7 parts to module 3. Lessons 3 & 4 are both introductory sections that describe key concepts necessary to understand infectious diseases and how we deal with them. Lesson 5 constitutes the core lesson of module 3. This lesson focuses on the current global situation and future challenges for the most prominent infectious diseases of the world. In lessons 6-9 we discuss neglected tropical diseases, re-emerging infectious diseases and epidemics/pandemics. Finally, lesson 10 and 10b summarize module 3 in a set of key conclusions.
Emerging Trends in Global Health: Non-Communicable Diseases and Disability
In this module we consider the rise of non-communicable (NCDs) diseases across countries, along with mental disorders and disability.
Governance for Global Health, Health Systems and Financing
This module is concerned with the global health system (which refers to responses to health conditions or the prevention of these) and the management of this system through global health governance.
Foreign Policy, Trade and Health
Health policy has undergone profound changes during the last few decades. Although health has for a long time been an issue in international relations, it was for most of the 20th century perceived as a national and technical matter. This meant that solutions to health problems were seen to require primarily scientific and technological collaboration rather than political commitment. Along with the dramatic changes associated with globalisation, health is increasingly seen as a higher priority on international political agendas.
In Module 6, we discuss what triggered this political ‘revolution’ and its implications.
Research, Development, Innovation and Technology for Global Health
This module addresses the lack of attention to research and development for medicines and technologies for diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries and all the issues related to drug development and intellectual property rights.
The Environment, Sustainable Development and Health
In this module we consider the relationship between the environment, sustainable development and health.