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State University of New York

Global Health Diplomacy

State University of New York via Coursera


Having completed this course, learners will be able to:
Describe and analyze the opportunities, challenges and limits of Global Health Diplomacy.
Examine the diplomatic, financial, and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making.
Explain the role of the many players in the space, including governments, philanthropists, and multilateral institutions .

Course Objective
The field of global health is often thought of purely in medical or public health terms, but there are important geopolitical and policy dimensions of global health that underlie programmatic responses to global health challenges. By completing this course, learners will be able to explain the specific institutions and initiatives that are fundamental to current global health diplomacy activities and functions, and how these influence global health outcomes. Learners will further be able to summarize real-world examples where global health diplomacy either helped or limited global health outcomes, and explain the reasons for those outcomes.


  • Overview and who are the players in global health diplomacy?
    • This module will introduce you to the instructor, the concept of Global Health Diplomacy, and the major players in global health.
  • What are the drivers of policy for global health diplomacy?
    • After completion of this module, you will be able to explain the multilateral institutions, and international health conferences and summits that form the policy environment in which global health diplomacy takes place.
  • How is global health financed?
    • The overall budget for global health has increased significantly in recent decades. After completion of this module, you will be able to answer the question: where does that funding come from, and where does it go?
  • Global health financing institutions
    • In this module you will learn about several of the global health financing institutions that are at the core of global health diplomacy, as they require political engagement to both raise and disburse their funding.
  • What is global health governance and how does it work?
    • This module begins with defining the term “global health governance” and goes on to provide multiple case studies of the different types of governance mechanisms.
  • Global health security
    • This module begins with defining the term “global health security.” In each lesson, you will learn about a different aspect of global security.
  • Final Course Assessment

Taught by

Gabrielle Fitzgerald and Peter Small


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    Herzi Abdurahman
    Hei. I am health Educator so that our Global indeed needs . World health is often used in the same way as global health, but these should not be confused. World health is the health of the people in relation to a global situation.
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    We must be Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to the good global health.


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