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Essentials of Global Health

Essentials of Global Health is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It is meant to introduce you to this topic in well-structured, clear and easy t...
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Video: 13h 37m
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Essentials of Global Health is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It is meant to introduce you to this topic in well-structured, clear and easy to understand ways. Much of the course will focus on five questions: What do people get sick, disabled and die from; Why do they suffer from these conditions? Which people are most affected? Why should we care about such concerns? What can be done to address key health issues, hopefully at least cost, as fast as possible, and in sustainable ways? The course will be global in coverage but with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, the health of the poor, and health disparities. Particular attention will be paid throughout the course to health systems issues, the linkages between health and development, and health matters related to global interdependence. The course will cover key concepts and frameworks but be practical in orientation.



Course Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

• Articulate key public health concepts related to global health;
• Analyze the key issues in global health from a number of perspectives;
• Discuss with confidence the burden of disease in various regions of the world; how it varies by sex, age, and location; key risk factors for this burden; and how the disease burden can be addressed in cost-effective ways;
• Assess key health disparities, especially as they relate to the health of low-income and marginalized people in low- and middle-income countries;
• Outline the key actors and organizations in global health and the manner in which they cooperate to address critical global health concerns;
• Review key global health challenges that are likely to arise in the coming decades.


Value Added of the Course

The course seeks to add special value by being comprehensive, by handling each topic in a consistent framework, and by helping learners gain an understanding of well grounded approaches to assessing global health issues and what can be done to address them.


The Readings and other materials for Essentials of Global Health

For almost every session of Essentials of Global Health, you will see:

– Required readings
– Recommended readings
– Recommended videos

We have selected a small number of readings for each session that are central to understanding the content of the session. We have put these under “required readings”.

For each required reading, we have also indicated how carefully you should read the material and on what parts of the material you should focus your attention.

In addition, we have selected some additional readings that would be very helpful to your understanding the content of each session.

The first is a textbook, Global Health 101, third edition. This is a comprehensive introductory textbook that closely follows the content of this Essentials of Global Health course. We have indicated for each session what part of the book you should read. Using this textbook can be very valuable to your mastering the content of the course.

The second set of “recommended readings” is some additional readings, mostly from journal articles and reports. For these, too, we have indicated how carefully you should read the material and on what parts of the material you should focus your attention.

Learners should note that to access articles from The Lancet they will have to register with the Lancet, if they do not have online access to a library that has The Lancet. Once they are registered, they will be able to sign into The Lancet and access all of its free articles.

We have also indicated for most sessions one or two videos that relate to the topic of the session. These are meant to help the learner get a better feel for the topic which is being covered. Most learners will find the videos brief, easy and enjoyable to watch, and very enlightening.

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Who is the instructor? Is Richard Skolnik a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Richard Skolnik has created 1 courses that got 393 reviews which are generally positive. Richard Skolnik has taught 56142 students and received a 4.84 average review out of 393 reviews. Depending on the information available, Richard Skolnik is a TRUSTED instructor.
Yale University
Richard Skolnik has more than 40 years of experience in international development and Global Health work and is the author of the widely used textbook, Global Health 101, third edition. Richard spent 25 years at the World Bank, retiring as the Director for Health and Education for the South Asia Region. At the World Bank, Richard worked on education in West Africa. He also worked on health in the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, West Africa, and South Asia. At the World Bank, Richard’s health work focused on health systems financing and development, improving equity, maternal and child health, and the control of communicable diseases. After leaving the World Bank, Richard was the Vice President for International Programs at PRB and the Director of the Center for Global Health at The George Washington University, where he taught undergraduate global health courses for 8 years. Richard also served for two years as the Executive Director of the Harvard PEPFAR program for AIDS treatment in Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. In addition, Richard has served on the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund and on a number of WHO Advisory and Working Groups. He was also deeply involved in the establishment of STOP TB. More recently, Richard focused his efforts outside of teaching on reviews of the financing of HIV in India, Cambodia, and Nigeria, working with the Results for Development Institute. In addition, he is on the editorial advisory body for the Third Edition of Disease Control Priorities in the Developing World (DCP3) and the third edition of Millions Saved. For the last five years, Richard was a Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale School of Management. While at Yale, Richard taught introductory and advanced Global Health courses in Yale College and introductory Global Health courses in the School of Public Health and the School of Management. Richard is from Dayton, Ohio, in the United States. He received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Yale University and a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.


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Platform: Coursera
Video: 13h 37m
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