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Global Health

Course Number
5700 (Global Health)
Course Instructor(s)
Shaza Fadel

Course Description

CHL5700H Global Health is the core course requirement for students enrolled in the Master’s stream of the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health (CSGH). The course is an invitation to future researchers, educators, advocates, policy makers, and practitioners to work across disciplinary/professional boundaries, as well as cultural ones, and engage fundamental questions – both theoretical and applied – in global health. CHL5700H explores 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 is more a space for dialogue, critical reflection, and the development of hypotheses for informed and committed action, or praxis, than an opportunity to examine a catalogue of global-health-related case studies. The course will be offered in the 2021 winter term on Wednesdays from 5-7pm

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. Identify and discuss some of the most important current and future challenges in the field;
  7. Locate and assess additional resources and identify further opportunities for personal and professional development in the global health field; and,
  8. Apply critical, practical and creative thinking to specific global health issues.

Course Activities and Methods of Assessment

The course will include both asynchronous and synchronous online activities. Synchronous class time will be held weekly, according to the School timetable, and take place on the Zoom platform. For the most part, lectures will be pre-recorded and should be watched before class. All synchronous online activities, with the exception of breakout group discussions, will also be recorded and made available to students for asynchronous review. Depending on the future evolution of the pandemic, some face-to-face activities might be possible. Further clarification on the nature and objectives of synchronous and asynchronous online activities, detailed written instructions, and evaluation rubrics for each graded activity will be made available to students on Quercus.


The course is open only to students enrolled in the Master’s Stream of the Collaborative Specialization in Global Health.