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Johns Hopkins University

Saving Lives Millions at a Time: Global Disease Control Policies & Programs

Johns Hopkins University via Coursera

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The course, offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, presents an overview of major elements of global public health. Through a series of lectures and short discussions, the course provides students an introduction to key elements of the history, development, organization, technical content and socio-political context of major initiatives and programs. The course frames these specific global health initiatives in the context of the origins of International and Global Health, the research to program continuum, concluding with a review of major paradigm shifts in global health financing, technologies and leadership. 


  • What is Global Health? Eras of Engagement in International Health
  • Quantifying Global Burden of Disease: Using Data to Prioritize Investment in Health
  • Disease Eradication – Lessons from Smallpox and Polio
  • From Bench to Bedside – The Prioritization, Development and Implementation of New Vaccines
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: The RMNCH Continuum and Global Health
  • Field Research to Policy – Moving evidence into implementation
  • Epidemiologic Transitions – from Infectious to Chronic Disease
  • Programs for behavior change: The Fight against Global Tobacco
  • Global “Environmental” Health  - Climate change, Pathogens, Changing Risk
  • The Changing “Big Picture” of Global Health: Financing, Technology and Leadership

Taught by

Alain Labrique



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