Global Health is a subject that is becoming more recognised within the Physiotherapy profession with growing numbers of physiotherapists seeking to have greater impact and influence. This course will explore Global Health and consider the role of the Physiotherapist. What is Global Health, why it is important, what are the biggest Global Health challenges and how do we measure it. We will also consider the role of the Physiotherapist and how we can contribute to meeting future global health needs.
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.”
- Section 1 – What is Global Health, Why is it important, and how do we measure it?
- Section 2 – What is the Biggest Global Health Challenge?
- Section 3 – Global Health Governance, Health Systems & the Role of the Physiotherapist
- Section 4 – Meeting Future Global Health Needs
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.
Course aimsTo explore the concepts and issues related to Global Health and the role of the individual physiotherapist and the physiotherapy profession in this context.
Hours of learning
Completing this course will involve approximately 16 hours of learning activities. These will be delivered in 4 sections that can be completed on a participant’s own schedule, however it is recommended that the course is completed over a 4 week period. There is an optional additional 4 hour activity for participants who wish to submit an assignment for a course distinction.
This course is divided into 4 sections and it is suggested (but not required) that each section be completed over the duration of approximately a week. Please note that no deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of each section to take around 4-6 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and PP+ points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them within the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world! At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 16 PP+ points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Types of activitiesReading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- list three basic indicators of population health
- identify three determinants of health
- describe 3 metrics used to quantify the burden of health, disability and disease on a population
- explain a key principle underlying global health in your community
- examine how health and disease, mortality and morbidity are measured
- summarise a self-selected article of quality published evidence on the Global Burden of Disease
- justify the contribution of physiotherapy for a given Global Health Measure
- describe three major health challenges internationally.
- identify three modifiable risk factors for Non-Communicable Disease
- describe two methods of transmission for Communicable Disease
- discuss one prevention strategy to address a Non-Communicable Disease in their community
- describe the four stages of Disaster Management
- identify two United Nations organizations involved in the governance of Global Health
- list two non-governmental agencies involved in delivery of Global Health services
- given a specific scenario, the participant will be able to judge if it is a proactive or a reactive Health System
- describe the role of the WCPT in relation to Global Health Governance
- discuss the implications of the Health 2020 Global Health Framework on the Physiotherapy Profession
- identify 6 elements of Universal Health Coverage
- justify the role of Physiotherapy as a profession in relation to Global Health
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:
- abide by the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture
- log as completed all the required reading and video viewing activities
- actively participate in the course forum discussions
- pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more
- complete a course evaluation form