• Offered by Nat Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health, Epidemiology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Haribondhu Sarma
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course introduces the field of Global Health, which is the health of populations at a global scale. Global Population Health provides a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing the health and well-being of populations around the world. Students gain insights into the major global health challenges, such as infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, and mental health. They explore the burden of disease and risk factors associated with these conditions. This course focuses on health disparities and inequities within and between countries. Students learn about the organization and functioning of health systems worldwide. They examine health policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation, as well as the role of governance, financing, and human resources in achieving population health goals. The course covers various interventions and disease control strategies to improve population health on a global scale. Students learn effective strategies for communicating health information, promoting behaviour change, and advocating for population health at local, national, and international levels. This course also introduced implementation science and its roles in global health to the students to understand and address the unique challenges and complexities of implementing interventions in diverse settings with varying resources, cultures, and health systems. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of global disease patterns, the importance of health information systems, and the framework for action.
  2. Understand the current global disease burden, trend and patterns of the disease burden.
  3. Identify major communicable and non-communicable diseases affecting the globe will be explored in terms of their epidemiology, impact, determinants, and strategies for control.
  4. Understand the structure of health systems and their variability across high, middle and low-income countries.
  5. Critically evaluate global response strategies to complex emergencies, post-conflict and disaster preparedness, and public health issues relating to refugees and displaced persons.
  6. Understand the fundamentals of implementation science in global health, demonstrate to identify an appropriate implementation science framework that uses real-world scaling up.

Other Information

Career prospects: The field of global population health offers diverse and promising career prospects for individuals interested in addressing public health challenges on a global scale. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the importance of promoting health and well-being across populations and borders has grown significantly. Some of the potential career paths in global population health include, Global Health Researcher; Health Policy Analyst; Global Health Advisor; Global Health Program Manager; and Global Health Consultant.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial contribution (Participation in tutorial activities) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Participation in additional online discussion forum and quiz competition in week 3, 6 and 8 (10) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Assignment 1: Country profile and situational assessment (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Assignment 2: Disease control program (45) [LO 3,4,5,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour tutorial per week, plus 1x 1hour wrap-up session at the end of semester.
  • Approximately 105 hours of self-directed study which will include watching pre-recorded lectures, and preparation for tutorials and other assessment tasks.

Prescribed Texts

Detels et al (Eds) 2015. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health (6th ed). Oxford University Press.

Preliminary Reading

Jamison et al. 2006. Disease control priorities in developing countries. (2nd ed). Oxford University Press and The World Bank. Accessible online http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11728/toc
Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 collaborators. 2015. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. The Lancet. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60692-4
Lancet Commission on Investing in Health. 2013. Global Health 2035: a world converging within a generation. The Lancet. 382(9908):1898—01955.
Nathanson et al. 2011. A comparison of five introductory textbooks in global health. Global Public Health. 6(2): 210-19.
- Essentials of global health, by R. Skolnik, Sudbury, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.
- Understanding global health, edited by W.H. Markle et al, Columbus, McGraw Hill, 2007.
- Global health, an introductory textbook, by A. Lindstrand et al, Denmark, Studentlitteratur, 2006.
- An introduction to international health, by M. Seear, Toronto, Canadian Scholars Press, 2007.
- Introduction to global health, by K.H. Jacobsen, Sudbury, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.
Popkin, BM. 1994. The nutrition transition in low-income countries: an emerging crisis. Nutrition Reviews. 52: 285-98.
Rosling H. 2009. Let my dataset change your mindset (debunking third world myths through data) http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_at_state  Gapminder Foundation; Karolinska Institute.
WHO. 2008. Commission on Social Determinants of Health: final report. World Health Organization, Geneva.

Assumed Knowledge

A health care background is recommended but not essential. Basic knowledge of epidemiology and statistics would be an advantage.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
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2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8599 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A
8600 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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