Global Health

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

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.

CHL5700H is a hybrid course that includes both online activities and face-to-face seminars. The hybrid format has been adopted to facilitate the participation of CSGH students from various units and programs, whose schedules would make the identification of viable time slots for weekly face-to-face sessions very challenging, if not impossible. Seminars are held on the last Wednesday of each month, 4-7pm, between September and March. Check the PHS timetable for room location. Seminar attendance is compulsory!

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.

Methods of Assessment

The course includes six one-month-long modules offered over two terms. Each module includes both online and face-to-face components and a number of different activities, some of which are graded. Detailed written instructions and evaluation rubrics for each graded activity will be made available to students on Quercus.

Face-to-Face Component

The face-to-face component of the course is represented by a three-hour seminar that concludes each module and offers students the opportunity to: wrap up the work done over the previous weeks; identify and explore ongoing themes and longitudinal connections among the topics covered during the course; reflect collectively on the content of the module; and meet in person with their peers, the instructor, the TAs, and external course contributors.