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Global Health Certificate Course

Health Systems in a Global Context


This certificate course will include a brief overview and presentation by invited expert speakers from a range of global health disciplines. These presentations are followed by interactive participatory discussions (in class and online) using a problem based learning approach with learners, drawing on their reading, experiences and interest to broaden the understanding of the whole group.

Learners are expected to have reviewed pre-­reading material in advance and come prepared to engage in discussion. The pre-­readings will be drawn from a variety of sources and there is no single text on which instructions or assignments will be based.

The course is an overview of various aspects of health systems within a global context, rather than in-­depth coverage of a single topic and it is meant to help learners develop a variety of perspectives through which to view and analyze other challenges in health.  

Registration Deadline: Postponed until further notice
Registration fee:
Session Dates: Evenings TBD
Location: Halifax
Video Conference Sites: Halifax, Yarmouth, Cape Breton and Saint John

Certificate in Global Health detailed course outline [PDF - 224 kB]

Learning Objectives

By the end of this certificate course, learners will be expected to be able to:

  • Understand and apply a health systems framework in a global health and health systems context
  • To appreciate the myriad of international, national and local factors. For example; funding governance that influence health in a global context
  • Describe the broad patterns and determinants of diseases in the contemporary world, including infectious and chronic diseases, and the trends in these conditions
  • To understand and apply a health systems perspective to specific health problems
  • Understand human rights initiatives and their relationship to global health and gender
  • Describe the evolution of primary health care, universal health coverage and integrated services/program delivery for vulnerable populations