Global Health Fundamentals

4 ECTS / Modular / English

This elective CU is a part of the training offer in the 2nd year.

Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences to be developed by the students)

  • Define global health and globalization and describe the respective basic principles and scope of global public health;
  • Identify current threats to global health, including infectious and noncommunicable diseases;
  • Critically assess ongoing strategies to address current threats to global health;
  • Describe the roles of various members of the global health community, such as bilateral / multilateral institutions, political bodies, and NGOs that contribute to health promotion and policies;
  • Identify the effects of globalization and urbanization on population health and their transdisciplinary responses in the global context;
  • Be able to ethically and solidly discuss current global health challenges;
  • Master basic concepts of organization and governance in global health.



  • Introduction: General Context;
  • Topic 1: Principles, Definitions, and Structural Areas of Global Health;
  • Topic 2: Challenges and Achievements of 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Public Health;
  • Topic 3: Disease burden metrics: analysis of the international context in the areas of disease burden and quality of life;
  • Topic 4: Sustainable Development Goals: Health as an essential element of nations' development and its determinants;
  • Topic 5: 6 Regions of the World Health Organization: “Think Global, Act Local”;
  • Topic 6: Strategies for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 in the European Region of the World Health Organization.
  • Topic 7: The World Health Organization's Best Buys and the fight against noncommunicable diseases