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Introduction to Global Public Health [ESP41]
7 August 2023
11 August 2023
Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)
From 13:00 till 16:00 CEST
Prof. Rajiv Chowdhury
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL
A basic understanding of epidemiology or public health will be an advantage but not necessary.
- Public Health
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Faculty: Prof. 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: threats to health from pre-existing and emerging communicable diseases; various aspects of global pandemic (including global health systems reform and vaccine equality), the global rise of the non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes; 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.
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.
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