15 Courses

Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Geneva

Started: 06/03/2019

Finished: 11/03/2019

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Global Health and Humanitarianism

Platform: Coursera

Institution: The University of Manchester

Started: 08/09/2017

Finished: 11/03/2019

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A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

Platform: Coursera

Institution: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Started: 09/07/2018

Finished: 10/07/2018

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One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals and the Environment

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: University of Basel

Started: 18/05/2017

Finished: 11/03/2019

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The Impact of Climate Change on Health

Platform: FutureLean

Institution: European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Started: 11/03/2019

Finished: 12/03/2019

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Plagues, Pestilence and Pandemics: Are You Ready?

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Griffith University

Started: 07/08/2018

Finished: 08/08/2018

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COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UK Public Health Rapid Support Team

Started: 22/04/2020

Finished: 23/04/2020

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COVID-19: Diagnostics and Testing

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine , FIND and African Society for Laboratory Medicine

Started: 28/04/2020

Finished: 12/05/2020

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COVID-19: Pandemics, Modelling, and Policy

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: The Open University

Started: 28/04/2020

Finished: 12/05/2020

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COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: University of Edinburgh

Started: 16/05/2020

Finished: 20/05/2020

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Managing COVID-19 in General Practice

Platform: FutureLearn

Institutions: St. George’s University

Started: 20/05/2020

Finished: 20/05/2020

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Healthcare Research

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Coventry University

Started: 13/02/2018

Finished: 21/02/2018

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The Science of Medicines

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Monash University

Started: 23/08/2018

Finished: 01/09/2018

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Medical Humanity: Engaging Patients and Communities in Healthcare

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Taipei Medical University

Started: 15/06/2018

Finished: 23/06/2018

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Systems Thinking In Public Health

Platform: Coursera

Institution: Johns Hopkins University

Started: 28/02/2019

Finished: 11/03/2019

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If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war. Not missiles, but microbes.

Bill Gates, TED Talk: The next outbreak? We’re not ready, 2015

Global health is public health. You only have to look at something like the COVID-19 pandemic to realise that the health of all living organisms is just one interconnected system. Global health can also very easily fall into a very fragile state when it does not receive the proper investment, care and attention, as the COVID-19 outbreak has also illustrated.

During my undergraduate studies, I became increasingly interested in looking after my health and, by extension, I started to become more knowledgeable about the field of public health. I was going to incorporate my increasing interest in achieving optimum health into my MTA Portfolio and, because Global Citizenship was already a concentration, it became obvious that I should also add a module on global health. 

Studying global health also gave me another lens through which to understand the concept of systems thinking: when view systems from a broad perspective that includes seeing overall structures, patterns and cycles in systems, rather than seeing only specific events.

Then COVID-19 came along and gave me an even more immediate lens through which to understand the systemic nature of global health. This is why, long after I thought I had finished with this module, I came back to it and added a few extra courses about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the courses in this module already covered the topic of pandemics and, while I honestly didn’t see COVID-19 coming, I certainly wasn’t surprised when it did turn up. All the leading experts have been saying for years that we have been overdue a pandemic and now that COVID-19 has arrived, it only illustrates the vital importance of maintaining the wellbeing of our shared global health system.