Global Health

Foundations of Global Public Health

This course introduces students to the basic principles of global public health that are used to improve population health at all levels. The course will start with an introduction to essential concepts from public health disciplines that are the foundations of global health practice. Students will then apply these concepts to current global health challenges through course activities, assignments, and readings that will provide a real world context. Throughout the course,  Global Health experts will share their experiences and lessons learned from implementing global health research and programs. Students will gain critical and creative-thinking experience in applying tools and frameworks towards addressing diverse global health needs. Student will be encouraged to relate course work to their professional interests.

Course Objectives:

  • Define global health, and describe the basic tenets and principles of global public health
  • Identify major global health threats including infectious disease, non communicable disease ; and critically appraise strategies to respond (i.e., vaccines, prevention, control, etc.)
  • Describe the roles of diverse members of the global health community such as key bilateral/multilateral institutions, political bodies, NGOs that contribute to health promotion and policies
  • Evaluate interventions using different frameworks that are designed to improve global health
  • Identify the effects of globalization and urbanization on population health, and transdisciplinary global health response
  • Be prepared to participate in complex global health work using a sound, ethical approach
  • Analyze the global health connection between humans and the environment (air, water, food)
  • Apply knowledge of global health governance and decision making at different levels to global health-oriented policy, research, and action.

Comparative Health Systems | GHS 209

Professor Neelam Sekhri Feachem, MHA

This course examines the most important models for financing and delivering health care around the world. Students will be introduced to the UCSF Health Systems Mapping Tool; and will have an opportunity to diagram and analyze the systems of countries at various income levels, as well as, analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these systems in achieving health and financial protection goals. Students will learn about, and have a chance to participate in, current debates about health systems, health financing, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Innovative models of health services delivery and financing will be presented, with invited speakers who are at the forefront of global health systems.

Course Objectives:

Empower students to be able to identify components of a health system – via the mapping tool – and be able to compare systems

Achieve this by answering:

  •  Who Pays? – Revenue schemes: taxes, premiums, other OOPs
  •  Who Purchases? – Public or Private pays the doctors and keeps the lights on?
  •  Who Provides? – Public or Private, physician or nurse,
  •  Who Receives? – Populations covered, special services for special needs?
  •  Performance – How do we evaluate the system? GDP? SDG?
  •  Scope – How much and of what services do we provide?
  •  Stewardship – Laws that govern