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Global Public Health

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10 weeks
49 USD
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10 weeks
49 USD
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Course description

Global Public Health

What are the effects of a healthy individual on the world around them?

Beyond the hereditary connections between parents and children or the implications of communicable diseases, public health has intrinsic value as a basic human right. Furthermore, health and the three pillars of sustainable development i.e. economic, social and environmental well-being, are intrinsically connected.

Global Public Health, is a course taught by experts from the Public Health Foundation of India. It explores the institutions, infrastructure, and the interplay of actors that constitute health not only in local communities but also on a global scale. In this course, you’ll discover how health is influenced by the environment, food systems, energy security, transport, trade, and human migration.

You’ll also learn health’s positive influence on other sectors, with investments in health shown to have a positive impact on economic development. Finally, this course will illuminate how health impacts and is essential to achieving poverty reduction, gender empowerment, universal education, conflict resolution, and other Sustainable Development Goals.

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Training content

1: Introduction to Public Health

  • 1.1 Introduction & History of Public Health
  • 1.2 Multiple Determinants of Health
  • 1.3 Evolution of Global Public Health
  • 1.4 Measuring Health Status

2: Trends in Public Health

  • 2.1 Demographic and Epidemiological Transitions
  • 2.2 Economics to Equity in Health
  • 2.3 Globalization and Its Impact on Public Health

3: Infectious Diseases

  • 3.1 The Changing Patterns of Infectious Diseases in Time and Place
  • 3.2 Control, Elimination, Eradication, Extinction
  • 3.3 Zoonoses
  • 3.4 New and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
  • 3.5 Childhood Diseases with a Focus on Diarrhea and Pneumonia

4: Maternal and Child Health

  • 4.1 Child Health
  • 4.2 Maternal Health
  • 4.3 The Sexual and Reproductive Health Agenda
  • 4.4 The Long Shadow of Childhood Undernutrition

5: Non-Communicable Diseases – Part I

  • 5.1 Introduction to NCDs
  • 5.2 Impact of Tobacco Abuse
  • 5.3 Diet and Physical Activity-I
  • 5.4 Diet and Physical Activity-II
  • 5.5 Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus

6: Non-Communicable Diseases – Part II

  • 6.1 Cardiovascular Disease
  • 6.2 Cancers
  • 6.3 Respiratory Illnesses
  • 6.4 Mental Health
  • 6.5 Injuries (Road Traffic Accidents and Alcohol)

7: Health Systems – Part I

  • 7.1 Introduction to Health Systems
  • 7.2 Delivering Health Services
  • 7.3 Health Systems Financing
  • 7.4 The Political Economy of Health Systems and Universal Health Coverage

8: Health Systems – Part II

  • 8.1 Access to Medicines - I
  • 8.2 Access to Medicines - II
  • 8.3 Working Towards Health for All
  • 8.4 Governance Mechanisms

9: Environment and Health

  • 9.1 Climate Change and Health
  • 9.2 Disasters

10: Public Health in the 21st Century

  • 10.1 The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance
  • 10.2 The Challenge of Ageing Populations
  • 10.3 Health and Sustainable Development - I
  • 10.4 Health and Sustainable Development - II
  • 10.5 The Future of Public Health

Course delivery details

This course is offered through SDG Academy, a partner institute of EdX.

4-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$49
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Our planet's demographic andepidemiological transitions
  • Current and future trends in public health - including non-communicable diseases
  • How our collective wellness has been impacted by globe-spanning factors over the years
  • The infrastructure and institutions that have shaped the healthcare industry

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