Introduction to Global Health Course - PBHL500

Logo: Foundation for Advanced Education in the SciencesThe Introduction to Global Health course is periodically offered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH. The course provides an opportunity to increase knowledge of the challenges currently facing global health.

The course is presented as a series of guest lectures, led by esteemed leadership and subject matter experts from Institutes and Centers throughout NIH, NGOs and universities.

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About the Course

  • The course is open to everyone, not only to NIH staff.
  • There are no prerequisites.
  • The course typically consists of weekly evening lectures throughout the semester. Classes are held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (View NIH Visitor Information.)

Course Description

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 noncommunicable 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 also be 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.

Updated November 2016

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