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Title Core Concepts in Global Health and Global Burden of Disease
Course number 3185
Programme Infektionsbiologi och global hälsa (BIGH)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2019-09-16 -- 2019-12-09
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to provide students with a broad perspective on global health and the range of solutions to critical health issues; students will also develop their skills in critical analysis, and will develop confidence in building and presenting arguments in favour of or against various solutions to addressing health issues at a global level.
Intended learning outcomes -Describe broad trends and inequality in the burden of disease in low, middle and high-income countries; and discuss globalisation and the drivers of these trends;
-Understand how data on the global burden of disease is collected and analysed;
-Describe key actors, institutions and legal regimes in global health;
-Discuss challenges in implementing the health-related Sustainable Development Goals;
-Discuss the role of health systems in addressing current global health challenges
-Review individual projects and publications in view of the overall aims of the SDG
Contents of the course -Trends in the global burden of disease, including infectious disease, non-communicable disease, mental health, accidents and violence;
-Drivers of global inequalities in health; Challenges in measuring and analysing the global burden of disease; including a critical review of indicators and measurement platforms
-Global health governance and financing; Service delivery, health systems and concepts of quality of care
-The legal basis underpinning action in global health;
-Development theories and the role of culture in global health
-Historical review of key approaches and strategies, initiatives and international agendas in global health including maternal, reproductive and child health, HIV, malaria, rational drug use/drug resistance in health and beyond, humanitarian aid and other
-Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals for health, particularly Goal 3;
-Current challenges in global health, such as migration, climate change and Ebola.
Teaching and learning activities The course is structured through a combination of lectures, group work and self-directed learning in order to provide students with the tools to be analytical and reflective about how their own PhD topics fit into the wider context of global health. The course will start with a one-week course with lectures and seminars, followed by bi-weekly seminars (with the option to follow remotely) to discuss recent publications or other key events/congresses. Peer-review of the work of fellow students and critical reading and commenting via the learning managment system is part of the course. The one-week on-site lectures will demand that students prepare selected a lecture. A reading list will be provided three weeks in advance.
Compulsory elements The exam and the seminars are compulsory. If a participant cannot join in the seminars, he/she is expected to read the articles and to write a short essay to share with other students via the learning management platform.
Examination Students will be asked to write a 2000 word essay on their PhD topic summarizing linkages to global context and their research addresses global health and development summarising the learning from this course and applying it to their PhD topic and to peer-review the essay of one colleague. The essay is take-home. The course is pass/fail.
Literature and other teaching material Disease Control Priorities series of the World Bank Group. / WHO homepages

Merson, M.H., Black, R.E. and A.J. Mills (2012) Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems and Policies. 3rd Edition. Jones & Bartlett.

Markle, W.H., Fisher, M.A., Smego, R.A (2014) Understanding global health 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill/Lange.

Davies, S., Kamradt-Scott, A., Rushton, S. (2015). Disease Diplomacy: International Norms and Global Health Security. Baltimore, USA: John Hopkins University Press.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) date for registration as a doctoral student (priority given to earlier registration date)
More information The on-site week is from the 16th of September to the 20th of September with preparatory work to be done before the on-site week. The seminars are 14:00-16:00 on September 30th, October 14th, October 28th, November 11th, November 25th and December 9th. This course has previously been given with course number 2896.
Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Claudia Hanson
Institutionen för global folkhälsa
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