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Week One: Introduction & Burden of Disease

This module introduces you to the course, some of the basic concepts of global health, and a number of key perspectives for considering global health issues. This module will also introduce you to the key actors in global health and the different ways in which they are organized and function. It first examines the state of the world’s health. It then introduces you to key demographic factors and how they relate to global health. It concludes with several sessions that examine what people get sick, disabled and die from and to what risk factors and determinants these conditions can be attributed.


Course Introduction

Key Perspectives on Global Health and Social Determinants of Health

Week One Required Readings

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy. Seattle, WA: IHME, 2013.

Fried LP, et al. "Global Health Is Public Health." The Lancet 375.9714 (2010): 535-537.

Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Final report of the commission on the social determinants of health. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2008.

“World Health Statistics 2016: Monitoring Health for the SDGs.” Global Health Observatory (GHO) data. WHO, 2016.

“Health, Nutrition, and Population Statistics.” Data. World Bank, 2016.

Additional Readings

Haupt A, Kane TT, and Haub C. Population Reference Bureau’s Population Handbook. Washington DC: Population Reference Bureau, 2011. 6th ed.

Kaneda T and Bietsch K. 2015 World Population Data Sheet. Washington DC: Population Reference Bureau, 2015.

Chen A, Jacobsen KH, Deshmukh AA, and Cantor SB. "The Evolution of the Disability-adjusted Life Year (DALY)."Socio-Economic Planning Sciences 49 (2015): 10-15.

Take Week One Quiz

Please ensure you complete both the Pre- Course Survey as well as the Week One Quiz to complete Week One.

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