Global Health

Course Number
5700 (Global Health)
Course Instructor(s)
Andrea A. Cortinois, Max Smith


CHL5700 – Global Health is an invitation to first-year Masters students enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH) to engage fundamental questions – both theoretical and applied – in global health. Second-year students who are currently transitioning from the Masters Global Public Health Emphasis program to CSGH and have not yet completed this course are also allowed to register. CHL5700 is CSGH ‘core’ requirement for students at the Masters level. Doctoral students in the same program will be allowed to register, too, space permitting.

The course prepares future researchers, educators, advocates, policy makers, and practitioners to work across disciplinary/professional boundaries as well as cultural ones. It is a foundational course exploring the theories, lessons and skills customarily considered central to global health and the ways in which these are embodied, enacted, and realized. While numerous real-life examples are introduced to illustrate global health concepts, challenges, and opportunities, and to stimulate discussion, the course provides a space for dialogue, critical reflection, and the development of hypotheses for informed and committed action, or praxis[1], more than an opportunity to examine a catalogue of global-health-related case studies.

The course is offered over two terms (fall and winter) in a hybrid format and includes two face-to-face sessions, an introductory one and a wrap-up one; ten online modules, each one two weeks in length; five face-to-face monthly seminars; and five face-to-face tutorial sessions.

[1] Carr, W.; Kemmins, S. (1986) Becoming Critical: Education, Knowledge and Action Research. P.190. New York: Routledge Farmer.

COURSE objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Define key terms and explain core concepts related to global health;
  2. Critically discuss the historical roots, significance, and scope of global health;
  3. Identify key actors and recognize power dynamics in the field of global health;
  4. Recognize and discuss the major global determinants of health;
  5. Discuss equity and ethical dimensions of central global health challenges;
  6. Locate and assess additional resources and identify further opportunities for personal and professional development in the global health field; and,
  7. Apply critical, practical and creative thinking to specific global health issues.

COURSE assessments

Students are assessed on the basis of their participation in online and face-to-face activities; facilitation of online activities; a mid-term assignment; and a term project developed in small groups.