PBHL 500
Introduction to Global Health

Global Health is described as “an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide” (Koplan J, 2009. Lancet. 373:1993). During the course, a broad snapshot of global health will be presented, providing students with insight into the challenges currently facing global health. Students will also gain an understanding of why tackling global health issues is such an important endeavor with the potential to reduce poverty, build stronger economies, and promote peace. Students will not only be exposed to the major communicable and non-communicable diseases posing a profound effect on health (especially within the developing world), but will also learn how socioeconomic and demographic differences can influence the burden of disease. A number of other critical underlying factors, including environmental, behavioral, and cultural influences, will be also presented. Through the use of case reports from around the world, the course will explore how research findings are transferred into policy and practice. Students will be encouraged to understand that solving global-health problems requires the input of multiple disciplines. To emphasize this point, speakers will be drawn from diverse fields, including the sciences, ethics, economics, and diplomacy. An interactive group exercise will be part of the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the transitions and socioeconomic determinants of population health across the globe through a comparative analysis of the etiology and prevalence of communicable and non-communicable diseases and trauma/injury conditions
  • Describe in detail two or more variables that interact to influence the health status of a population, including environmental, behavioral, and cultural effects
  • Articulate the importance and necessity of multidisciplinary teams to solve global health problems



Class Type

Graduate Course