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An introduction to global health for teaching staff at KI

This online course is a general introduction to global health. It's conducted fully online through individual studies of video lectures, assignments and quizzes.


10th February-21st February 2020 (equivalent to 1-week full-time study).

The aim of the course

The main aim of this course is to provide a general overview of global health, i.e., how health varies between and within countries. The course will give a basic understanding of causes of variation as well as a public health perspectives of the global burden of disease. After participants have completed the course, they will feel confident in pursuing further independent learning of the global health aspect relate to their specific area of research or study.


A general introduction to global health. Participants will engage with key concepts in the field of global health through looking at short videos that introduce these concepts. They will also learn how to interact with free, online and interactive global health tools in order to use them in their own courses and teaching and learning activities.

Core content includes:

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Money and Health
  • Population
  • A Basic Framework for Global Health
  • Health Indicators
  • Health Determinants
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Global Health Agendas
  • Health Systems
  • Human Rights and the AAAQ Framework
  • Health, development and people

The course will be conducted in English, which means that the course information, study tasks, and literature will be available only in English.


Frenk et al. 2010. ’Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world.’ Lancet 376: 1923–58.

Participants should also become familiar with the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

When and where does the course take place?

The course opens on Monday 10th February 2020 and is spread over two weeks until 21st February 2020.

It is conducted via the learning platform Canvas through individual studies of video lectures, assignments and quizzes based on using free, online and interactive tools as well as group discussions and peer feedback.

The course consists of two parts. The first module is based on individual studies, whereas the second module focuses on interaction and group discussion between participants.

  • Week 8 (10-14 Feb) Test-your-knowledge survey, individual studies and assignments.
  • Week 9 (17-21 Feb): Written reflection assignment and commenting on two peers’ assignments as well as two of their peers’ exercises.


The course targets teaching staff at Karolinska Institutet who are teaching on courses that have integrated global health related learning outcomes. It is preferable if the teaching staff has completed the GHP course in basic pedagogy in higher education.

Participants need to have access to a computer with an internet connection and need to be able to attend the second week in the asynchronous group discussion through the learning platform Canvas.


The intended learning outcomes of this course are assessed continuously through multiple choice quizzes, assignments using online and interactive tools. In the final assignment, the participant will reflect on what they have learned, how the key concepts in global health relate to their field of teaching, and how these concepts could be incorporated into their courses in terms of intended learning outcomes. In addition to submitting their own assignment, they also need to comment on the assignments of their peers.


Register for the course here

Maximum number of participants: 30.