Fall 2023
GHP 557
August 28 - December 15
Monday and Wednesday, 9:45am - 11:15am
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Fundamentals of Global Health


This course will introduce the students to the fundamentals of global health, in particular the main trends, challenges, opportunities and strategies. The course will will explore current knowledge base, perspectives, and methods for global health. This course is required for all Master of Public Health students in the Department of Global Health and Population. Health systems and determinants of health will be discussed in a series of interactive talks. Speakers include both practitioners and scholars in the field. In addition to exploring responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and other natural and human-made disasters, the course will examine non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, mental health, and nutrition. Interventions such as pharmaceuticals, manpower development, data collection, and monitoring and evaluation will also be addressed. The course seeks to stimulate and encourage critical thinking. Course restricted to MPH45 students in Global Health. THIS CLASS HAS PRIORITY ENROLLMENT. Any student who does not meet the Wave 1 or Wave 2 criteria can add themselves to the waitlist (if enrollment requirements are met) at any time during the enrollment period. At the beginning of each priority wave, students on the waitlist who meet the Wave’s criteria will be automatically enrolled into any remaining seats in the course (pending no time conflicts). *Cross-Registrants and Non-Degree Students will be enrolled on a space available basis after the enrollment deadline for the course.

Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Public Health & Medicine
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