Introduction to Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies & Outcomes

G H 101
Course dates:
Jan 02, 2018 to Mar 10, 2018


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Introduction to Global Health: Disparities, Determinants, Policies & Outcomes is an online undergraduate course that introduces global health by putting its contemporary definition, determinants, development and direction as a field into a broad global context.

The course is open to students from all disciplines. The class is divided into four core topics: i) the burden and distribution of disease and mortality; ii) the determinants of global health disparities; iii) the development of global health policies; and, iv) the outcomes of global health interventions. All are examined in relation to wider patterns of global interdependency, highlighting how both global health disparities and global health policy responses are themselves shaped by global ties and tensions. Course contains recorded video lectures by Professors Sparke and Gloyd, readings, films, discussion forums, and assignments. Demand for the in-person course is high, so this course is now offered Autumn and Spring quarter online.

This course is available only to enrolled students of the University of Washington. Access via the UW time schedule at or MyPlan