Global Health Delivery
The greatest constraint to improving global healthcare delivery? Not availability, but access.
Full use of existing interventions would cut the 10 million annual child deaths that occur globally by more than 60%, as well as a high proportion of the half-million annual maternal deaths that could also be prevented by interventions of known efficacy.*
Esteemed Harvard faculty, including Paul Farmer and Arthur Kleinman, effectively address the delivery gap through a nuanced, biosocial approach — which led them to create the HarvardX Massive Open Online Course, Global Health Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective, to share their research with the world.
While a popular tool for those who are curious in exploring important ideas, health practitioners and leaders, such as yourself, require more. You need to create and receive feedback, to share and discuss in small groups. A busy life means you also need support while you learn, to stay on track and achieve your objectives. This online short course from Harvard's Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in association with HarvardX, recognizes the necessity for transformative impact.
Join a global health community as they analyze how power structures shape the response to disease, and the approaches taken all over the world in the fight against Ebola, HIV/AIDS, MDR-TB, and the burden of mental health. Make meaningful connections with peers while creating your own intervention ready for action.
What will set you apart
How you’ll grow your global impact through this course:
- Design a global health intervention for real-world implementation as the final outcome of the ongoing course project
- Socially engage around the groundbreaking textbook, Reimagining Global Health (provided)
- Interact and professionally network with a peer group of global health change-makers in classwide forums and graded small-group discussions
- Experience a leadership and change management process that affords you the space and confidence to rethink conventional approaches
- Acquire a premier certificate from Harvard’s VPAL, in association with HarvardX
- Share your digital portfolio of evidence, created while you go, as proof of your commitment to an evolving, interdisciplinary field
Once completed, you’ll have engaged in over 90 hours of learning time, with over two thirds of that spent on interactive activities. And the impact will be felt. Theory U, a development model that encourages new perspectives has been embedded into the design of this course, which has proven to foster transformational change.
- Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
- Course Module 1: Introduction to the biosocial
- Course Module 2: Why ideas matter: Social theory in global health
- Course Module 3: The history of global health and colonial legacy
- Course Module 4: Political economy and foreign aid
- Course Module 5: The global AIDS movement
- Course Module 6: Challenges in healthcare delivery: Lessons from Liberia and Haiti
- Course Module 7: Building an effective rural health delivery model in Rwanda
- Course Module 8: Critical perspectives on metrics of disease
- Course Module 9: The unique challenges of mental health
- Course Module 10: Values and global health