Saving Lives Millions at a Time: Global Disease Control Policies & Programs

Johns Hopkins University

Public Health focuses on the health of entire populations, fighting disease on a massive scale.

The course, offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, presents an overview of major elements of global public health. Through a series of lectures and short discussions, the course provides students an introduction to key elements of the history, development, organization, technical content and socio-political context of major initiatives and programs. The course frames these specific global health initiatives in the context of the origins of International and Global Health, the research to program continuum, concluding with a review of major paradigm shifts in global health financing, technologies and leadership. 


  • What is Global Health? Eras of Engagement in International Health
  • Quantifying Global Burden of Disease: Using Data to Prioritize Investment in Health
  • Disease Eradication – Lessons from Smallpox and Polio
  • From Bench to Bedside – The Prioritization, Development and Implementation of New Vaccines
  • Maternal, Newborn and Child Health: The RMNCH Continuum and Global Health
  • Field Research to Policy – Moving evidence into implementation
  • Epidemiologic Transitions – from Infectious to Chronic Disease
  • Programs for behavior change: The Fight against Global Tobacco
  • Global “Environmental” Health  - Climate change, Pathogens, Changing Risk
  • The Changing “Big Picture” of Global Health: Financing, Technology and Leadership

Course Format

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to do the following: 1) describe key components of the history of global health, 2) discuss major programs from the control of infectious diseases to interventions targeting non-communicable illness, and 3) define cross-cutting themes representing challenges and opportunities across these domains. 
Students will view weekly lectures from experts in the field. Progress toward learning objectives will be assessed with weekly quizzes.


Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who earn a sufficient final grade will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

Will I get clinical advice in this course?
No. This course deals with principles of public health, which focuses on the health of entire populations, not individual clinical situations.
  • Date to be announced, 7 weeks
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