During this course, you will learn about migration, health equity, sustainability, and about the methods and ethics of global health research. Through the use of case studies from around the world, you will be able to explore how global health issues can be investigated and how research findings can subsequently be translated into policy and practice.
If you are a postgraduate student or a medical doctor, this course will enable you to deepen your understanding of global health issues and to expand your global health knowledge. Recent graduates with an interest in global health, specifically in the fields of medicine, biomedical sciences, life sciences, social sciences or developmental studies will equally benefit from studying the topics and issues presented. The course is also aimed at health professionals working in or with low- or middle-income countries, biomedical and social science researchers, health personnel in government and non-government institutions, members of international agencies, and consultants.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- Understand the health challenges of today’s globalizing world
- Apply what you learn directly to your own research
- Gain insights into methods used in global health research
- Find out how population health is affected by global trends
In particular, you should be able to:
- Describe and define the scope and principles of global health
- Describe health-related development goals and targets
- Understand basic health indicators
- Describe demographic trends and population growth
- Describe social determinants and inequalities in health
- Understand the theory of epidemiological transition
- Describe approaches to health equity
- Describe the use of mixed methods for global health research
- Describe legal frameworks for global health/global health governance
- Understand ethical issues in global health research
Kerstin Klipstein - Grobusch MSc PhD
Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Julius Center for Health Sciences, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and visiting Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She has considerable experience in research capacity building activities in epidemiology and public health in Subsaharan Africa and in non-communicable disease research in international multi-center cohort studies and health and demographic surveillance in Europe and Africa.
Joyce Browne MD MSc
Joyce Browne received her MD/MSc in Medicine/Clinical Research from Utrecht University, after previously having obtained an MSc Social Epidemiology at University College London and a BSc from University College Utrecht. She is currently a PhD candidate at the UMC Utrecht with a focus on hypertensive disorders in pregnancy in Ghana, and as such one of the teachers in the course Fundamentals of Global Health.
Noortje Mutsaerts BSc
Noortje Mutsaerts is a research associate at the department of Global Health in the Julius Centre of the University Medical Centre Utrecht. She received her bachelor’s degree in medicine Cum Laude from the University College Maastricht. She is currently working on her master’s degree in medicine at the University Utrecht.
The Fundamentals of Global Health course changed my perception for my work and the way I deal with my daily business. It highlighted the responsibility that I have toward the world to develop innovative affordable medicines. In addition, I am so delighted to understand the critical situation and the need to provide basic nutrition to the third world and how the political status affects people health and wealth. I now have a better ‘umbrella view’ understanding of why we develop medicines and why we should secure patient access to medicines worldwide.Read more >