GH 60591 Global Health Challenges // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

GH 60591 Global Health Challenges



Dr. Katherine Taylor


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Course Description:

Global health is concerned with both interconnectedness and multidimensionality of health as well as with disparities in human disease across the world. The burden of disease occurs unevenly between and within countries; tackling these differences requires a critical understanding of the multivariate and complex determinants of health that range from the genetic background of individuals and populations through exposure to different environments and pathogens, social conditions, economic development, health systems and governance, and individual beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.

This course is intended to introduce students to the field of global heath by providing an overview of key issues in this nascent but increasingly important topic, and by equipping students with the framework, knowledge and skills needed to interpret and address these problems. On completion of the course, students would be expected to be self-directed, critical and highly original in tackling problems in global health, besides having the skills required to further extend their knowledge and understanding through research or professional practice in this field of public health.


Learning Goals:

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

  1. Discuss critically major and emerging issues in global health
  2.  Be aware of major global health diseases
  3. Understand the multidimensionality of global health
  4. Appreciate the need for a interdisciplinary approach, spanning biology, socio-ecology, economics and politics, investigating, understanding and finding solutions for global health issues
  5. Appreciate the need for innovative thinking and solutions in tackling global health problems
  6. Write plans for implementing multi-sectorial approaches to intervening in health



Fall 2014 Global Health Challenges Syllabus