Global Health - The Essentials

Core Concepts in International Population Health
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Be able to relate global political and economic events to potential effects on the health of populations
Learn how to use the Global Burden of Disease Online Tool, to look at national and international trends in diseases and risk factors
Discuss the demographic transition, how it relates to burden of disease, and the implications of a changing disease profile globally
Think critically about the global response to recent infectious disease outbreaks, such as Ebola virus
Use the major determinants framework, to navigate the complex range of factors which can determine the health of populations
Be able to speak knowledgably about health systems and how they are financed using country examples


  • No prior knowledge or experience of global health is required


In this groundbreaking online course you will learn how political, economic, and social issues can affect the health of populations around the world. You will gain valuable skills in critical thinking and be able to speak knowledgeably about key issues in global public health, including the global burden of disease, infectious diseases, and health systems.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning more about international population health

Course content

6 sections29 lectures1h 37m total length
  • Introduction
  • The Origins of Global Health
  • Key Definitions in Global Health
  • Conclusions
  • Section 1 Quiz
    18 questions


Vageesh Jain
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I am a junior doctor based in the UK, graduating from King's College London with an MBBS and MPH (Master's in Public Health). I have a keen interest in global health, infectious diseases and teaching. I have been actively involved in research and teaching both in clinical medicine and global health, publishing in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the BMJ, and presenting at international conferences on a range of topics. Outside of work I enjoy playing the guitar and piano, travelling, and reading.