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Introduction to Global Public Health [ESP41]

Course highlights

EC points


Start date

3 August 2020

End date

7 August 2020

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)

Course time

From 13:00 till 16:00 CEST


Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury

Course fee

€ 740








  • Public Health

Course Materials

Online, download instructions will be sent before the start of the course, by e-mail.

Suggested background reading

JAMA Global Health Theme Issue: Dimensions of Global Health 2012 (

The Lancet Global Health Portal (

US-CDC Global Health website (

US Department of Health and Human Services Global Health site (

Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research. Sturchio JL, Galambos L (eds) JHUP. 2013.

Stephenson J. et al. Population, development, and climate change: links and effects on human health. Lancet 2013: 382: 1665-73

Global Public Health: a new era. Beaglehole R, Bonita R (editors). Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2009). And these links: – for access to Global Burden of Disease, Injuries and Risk Factors, 2013 : Data on 291 causes of disease and injury, 67 risk factors, 21 regions, 20 age groups, and 187 countries

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Detailed information about this course:


Faculty: Rajiv Chowdhury, MD PhD

The key aim of this course is to learn about the principal issues surrounding global health and the main outcome of the course will be a better understanding of how epidemiology and public health can more effectively protect the health of disadvantaged populations in the changing global context.

Some of the specific health issues to be discussed include: the global rise of the non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes; threats to health from pre-existing and emerging communicable diseases; maternal and child health issues, and the impact of global environmental change. Additionally, other related issues such as concepts and realities of health systems around the world, impact of globalization on health, and how to measure global health will be discussed. For each health problem, where appropriate, there will be a discussion of: burden of disease, major determinants, intervention policies and programmes, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the interventions. A key focus of the course would be small group interactions.

//Please note that the course information is subject to change and will be updated from time to time. We will do our utmost best to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information on this website.//


At the end of the week, participants will have:

  • A greater awareness of the full range of global public health challenges;
  • An increased understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiology and public health in responding to these challenges

Participant profile

This course should be suitable for:

  • Medical and non-medical students from diverse professional backgrounds
  • Professionals encompassing all stages of career
  • Individuals with a keen interest in Global Health