Global Health Course

Global Health

An online course for physical therapists / physiotherapists


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.”


  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


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.