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About the Course

Essentials of Global Health is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It is meant to introduce you to this topic in well-structured, clear and easy to understand ways. Much of the course will focus on five questions: What do people get sick, disabled and die from; Why do they suffer from these conditions? Which people are most affected? Why should we care about such concerns? What can be done to address key health issues, hopefully at least cost, as fast as possible, and in sustainable ways? The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, the health of the poor, and health disparities. Particular attention will be paid throughout the course to health systems issues, the linkages between health and development, and health matters related to global interdependence. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be practical in orientation. ESSENTIALS OF GLOBAL HEALTH WAS PRODUCED IN PART DUE TO THE GENEROUS FUNDING OF THE DAVID F. SWENSEN FUND FOR INNOVATION IN TEACHING. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Course Learning Objectives By the end of the course, learners should be able to: • Articulate key public health concepts related to global health; • Analyze the key issues in global health from a number of perspectives; • Discuss with confidence the burden of disease in various regions of the world; how it varies by sex, age, and location; key risk factors for this burden; and how the disease burden can be addressed in cost-effective ways; • Assess key health disparities, especially as they relate to the health of low-income and marginalized people in low- and middle-income countries; • Outline the key actors and organizations in global health and the manner in which they cooperate to address critical global health concerns; • Review key global health challenges that are likely to arise in the coming decades. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Value Added of the Course The course seeks to add special value by being comprehensive, by handling each topic in a consistent framework, and by helping learners gain an understanding of well grounded approaches to assessing global health issues and what can be done to address them. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Readings and other materials for Essentials of Global Health For almost every session of Essentials of Global Health, you will see: - Required readings - Recommended readings - Recommended videos We have selected a small number of readings for each session that are central to understanding the content of the session. We have put these under “required readings”. For each required reading, we have also indicated how carefully you should read the material and on what parts of the material you should focus your attention. In addition, we have selected some additional readings that would be very helpful to your understanding the content of each session. The first is a textbook, Global Health 101, third edition. This is a comprehensive introductory textbook that closely follows the content of this Essentials of Global Health course. We have indicated for each session what part of the book you should read. Using this textbook can be very valuable to your mastering the content of the course. The second set of “recommended readings” is some additional readings, mostly from journal articles and reports. For these, too, we have indicated how carefully you should read the material and on what parts of the material you should focus your attention. Learners should note that to access articles from The Lancet they will have to register with the Lancet, if they do not have online access to a library that has The Lancet. Once they are registered, they will be able to sign into The Lancet and access all of its free articles. We have also indicated for most sessions one or two videos that relate to the topic of the session. These are meant to help the learner get a better feel for the topic which is being covered. Most learners will find the videos brief, easy and enjoyable to watch, and very enlightening....

Top reviews

Mar 17, 2017

It was one of the best courses I have done on coursera.Also the instructor explains detailed subject matter very well which makes it easier to understand the subject.Certainly a 10\10 for the course !

Jul 4, 2020

A very thoughtful and insightful course that help me to understand the global health, its key concept, challenges and cost effective strategies to address the issue in the global health perspectives.

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By Bishwash P

May 28, 2020

Its a good course but some of the link and resources given in the courses are broken. Apart from that it is overall a nice and informative course.


Apr 15, 2018

This was an excellent way of getting a high quality update of the main issues in global health today.

Very enjoyable, thank you Mr. Skolnik!

By Lê N B

Apr 13, 2020

Nice presentation of information overall on global health. I learnt a lot. However, a lot of recommended reading links are not working.

By Pablo F C

Aug 3, 2020

Un poco desactualizado y poco novedoso para un estudiante de medicina en España, en cualquier caso aborda bien el tema.

By Tani A

May 23, 2020

Informative but very long and some portions are boring and redundant. There are far too many quizzes to answer!

By Jennifer B

Oct 18, 2020

I would have liked more recent lectures. The videos and the professor's classes are great.

By Suyash K

Aug 12, 2020

This course is very informative and I have learned a lot of things from this course.

By Dr. K H A

Sep 10, 2017

I loved the way the course was delivered. I learned a lot more about Global Health

By Betsy E

Oct 29, 2020

Very informative and i liked the source materials for additional reading.

By Vinay M

Jun 28, 2020

Coursare is avey big flatforms nd it is useful to us i njoyed the course.

By Samaila M D

Jul 6, 2020

This course is very engaging and informative. I love every bit of it.

By Arun S

Jul 6, 2020

it is good course for who is interested in global health.


By namra t

Aug 16, 2020

the reading material that was provided was not available

By Sabai H

Jul 22, 2020

Concept of public health

Essential of global health

By Pau C

Jul 22, 2020

Great essentials course with clear objectives


May 31, 2020

Very Interesting Course to Learn.

By P s c

Oct 9, 2020

Good and useful

By Ishant D

May 9, 2020


By Shubhashis M

May 27, 2021

very good

By brindha

Dec 21, 2020

very good

By krishnakumar

Dec 21, 2020

very good


Jun 18, 2021


By Sai V

Nov 6, 2020

good one

By Koustav M

Jun 11, 2020


By Monica m

Jul 1, 2020

a very detailed, informative course that opens your eyes to the multiple sides of global health. However, some of the content and resources are out of date or unavailable.