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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.

Course Objectives

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

By the end of the course, students will have a greater appreciation of the concepts, issues and processes involved in global health. Students will be able to:

  1. Apply critical and practical thinking to explain key core concepts and terms related to global health;
  2. Describe the historical roots of global health and reflect on implications for current and future practice;
  3. Understand the role of key actors in shaping global health and the resulting power dynamics;
  4. Understand the societal determinants of global health;
  5. Discuss important current and emerging global health challenges;
  6. Discuss equity and ethical dimensions of key concepts central to global health;
  7. Discuss how co-production of knowledge can contribute to global health equity;
  8. Locate and assess additional resources and identify further opportunities for personal and professional development in the global health field.

Course Activities and Methods of Assessment

The course will include both synchronous activities and asynchronous content. Synchronous class time will be held weekly, according to the School timetable. For Winter 2024, weekly seminars will take place on Thursdays, 10am -12pm. Please log onto Quercus once enrolled to see room location.  Students are expected to attend in person, except in cases of illness for students or instructor or other emergent concerns.

Further clarification on the nature and objectives, 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. Other students should contact the instructor if requesting special permission.