Online Course
Global Health for Rehabilitation Professionals
Gain insight into the principles that underpin global health

1-1.5 hours





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Derek Lai
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Derek is a physiotherapist aiming to develop intersectional strategies to address non-communicable diseases for different population groups

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Global health aims to promote health and prevent and treat diseases globally. It transcends geographical, national and cultural boundaries by targeting populations in all countries. However, there is no universally accepted definition of global health, and our concept of global health has shifted over the years. There are also many interconnected factors and determinants that affect individual and global health. As will be discussed in this course, we must understand and examine these factors in order to systematically address them.


This course aims to introduce the concept of global health, its history and the interconnected systems and determinants that affect health outcomes.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 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.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - 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 1.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • identify at least two ways our concept of global health has changed over time and the distinction between global health, international health and public health
  • discuss how global health has been defined and conceptualised in recent literature
  • describe at least three interconnected systems that affect health and two determinants of health

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Derek Lai: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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