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Understanding Global Healthcare Delivery – Harvard Medical School

June 3, 2016 - June 4, 2016


Despite the tremendous progress of the past decade, over 2 billion people still do not have access to safe, effective, and affordable healthcare. Understanding Global Healthcare Delivery will explore key issues in global health with an emphasis on innovative solutions to provide healthcare to the most vulnerable populations globally. The course is designed for physicians and health care professionals who are interested in learning the fundamentals of global health as well as experienced global health practitioners who want to deepen their knowledge.

The course will bring together expert Global Health faculty from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, many of who work with Partners In Health, an organization providing health care to rural communities in 9 countries. The course will discuss the biosocial determinants of health and disease and explore how programs to deliver healthcare in low-resource settings address these factors to improve the health of the communities they serve. Topics will include the global burden of disease, HIV prevention and treatment, global tuberculosis control, non-communicable disease control, the role of community health workers, and human resource capacity building. The course will be taught through lectures and interactive case discussions that seek to provide participants with a rich understanding of the complexities of health care delivery in low-resource settings.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review the global burden of various diseases along with gaps in health care delivery
  • Identify the social determinants of health and disease
  • Describe key issues in global health policy relating to universal health coverage and health care financing
  • Analyze the design, operations, and outcomes of global health care projects in low-resource settings

Target Audience

This course is designed for primary care physicians, specialty physicians, pharmacists, psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses of all specialties.

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