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Trends and Challenges in Global Health

Online Course: Trends and Challenges in Global Health

Explore global health challenges and trends including communicable and non-communicable diseases and disaster management

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"The key determinants of health of individuals and populations are the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work and age and these circumstances are affected by the social and economic environment.” Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, August 28, 2008. But what are the biggest Global Health Challenges affecting us? In this course we review emerging trends in global health and take the opportunity to examine in detail some of the major global health issues such as communicable disease, non-communicable disease and the impact of natural disaster and conflict on Global Health. You will also hear from fellow learners around the world about what the most prominent Global Health issues they are experiencing in their country.


This course aims to ensure a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the emerging trends in Global Health and the challenges they pose to us as physiotherapists.


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

  1. What is the Biggest Global Health Challenge?
  2. Emerging Trends in Global Health
  3. Non-Communicable Diseases
  4. Communicable Diseases
  5. Disaster Management

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This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.

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