Fundamentals of Global Health (online)

PPHS-511: Fundamentals of Global Health (online)

Course Objective
To provide a survey of core topics in global health at the introductory level.
Course Description
This interactive 500-level survey course aims to give students the opportunity to broaden their understanding and knowledge of global health issues, including core topics such as the colonial history of global health, privilege, racism & allyship, global health governance, global burden of disease, global health ethics, and global health diplomacy and advocacy. The course will cover topics that span the unfinished agenda (e.g. infectious diseases, and maternal/child health), as well as the emerging agenda (e.g. pandemics, global environmental health, and the emerging epidemic of non-communicable diseases). Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the course will use current events to illustrate the challenges and opportunities inherent in global health work. The course will also leverage the ongoing discussions on the need to ‘decolonize’ global health.
Structure of Sessions
The course consists of lectures (including guest lectures from experts around the world, especially low- and middle-income countries), break-out discussions and inspiring videos/films. A few global health events and seminars are scheduled during the fall term, and all students are expected to participate in these seminars and events. Information about the global health seminars and events are available at:

Course agenda

Global health – introductory concepts
Lecture 1.1: Introduction to global health (by Madhukar Pai) [Slides]
Lecture 1.2: Colonial dynamics of global health (by Paula Akugizibwe) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Video] [Video] [Video]
Lecture 2.1: Privilege & allyship (by Stephanie Nixon) [Slides]
Lecture 2.2: Global health governance & financing (by Madhukar Pai) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Video]
Lecture 3.1: Ethical issues in global health (by Jerome Singh) [Slides]
Lecture 3.2: Global burden of disease & social determinants (by Madhukar Pai) [Slides] [Slides]
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Lecture 4.1: Global health delivery & Universal Health Coverage (by Yogan Pillay) [Slides]
Lecture 4.2: Global health advocacy & diplomacy (by Yara & Cindy Changyit-Levin) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Reading]
The unfinished agenda of global health
Lecture 5.1: HIV (by Marianne Mureithi) [Slides]
Lecture 5.2: TB (by Zolelwa Sifumba) [Slides]
Lecture 6.1: Reproductive, maternal, newborn & child health (by Charles Larson) [Slides]
Lecture 6.2: Pandemics (by Madhukar Pai) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Reading] [Video]
Lecture 7.1: Malaria (by Fredros Okumu) [Slides]
Lecture 7.2: Neglected tropical diseases (by Cesar Ugarte-Gil) [Slides]
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Lecture 8.1: Indigenous health (by Pamela Roach) [Slides]
Lecture 8.2: How to be an effective ally for Indigenous health (by Andrew Bresnahan & Samir Shaheen-Hussain) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Video]
The emerging agenda of global health
Lecture 9.1: Access to medicines & technologies (by Priti Krishtel) [Slides]
Lecture 9.2: Immigrant and refugee health (by Taj Haron Abaker & Ritika Goel) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Video]
Lecture 10.1: Non-communicable diseases (by Gene Bukhman) [Slides]
Lecture 10.2: Humanitarian crises (by Arnab Majumdar) [Slides]
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Lecture 11.1: Injuries, trauma & global surgery (by Desmond Tanko) [Slides]
Lecture 11.2: Global mental health (by Monica Malta) [Slides]
[Reading] [Reading] [Video]
Lecture 12.1: Global environmental health & climate change (by Pallavi Pant) [Slides]
Lecture 12.2: Antimicrobial resistance (by Sumanth Gandra) [Slides]
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Lecture 13.1: Global health field work & student experiences (by Noelle Sullivan) [Slides]
Lecture 13.2: Careers in global health (by Madhukar Pai) [Slides]
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