Global Health Course

Global Health

An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists


The concept of Global Health has been defined in various ways. Beaglehole and Bonita (2010) define Global Health as, “collaborative trans-national research and action for promoting health for all.” It has also been defined as, “an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care.”


To explore the concepts and issues related to Global Health and the role of the individual physiotherapist and the physiotherapy profession in this context.


  1. Section 1 – What is Global Health, Why is it important, and how do we measure it?
  2. Section 2 – What is the Biggest Global Health Challenge?
  3. Section 3 – Global Health Governance, Health Systems & the Role of the Physiotherapist
  4. Section 4 – Meeting Future Global Health Needs

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy professionals, clinicians and students.


Provides the essential global context for today's physiotherapist.
I feel that this introduction to Global Health Course should be a requirement in all entry-level physiotherapy courses, it will broaden future physiotherapists minds to the positive impact they can have on Global Health.
An innovative learning program for health care professionals.
This is a wonderful course and I encourage all health workers to enrol.
This course is really important to understand the role we, as physiotherapists, have in global health development. The course helped me strongly believe in my profession and in the central role we can have in future health problem management.