Broaden your knowledge about global health


By Elisabeth Huang

Are you looking to stay abreast of the latest global health trends? Do you want to engage in meaningful global health discussions? Are you looking for opportunities to strengthen your knowledge on global health issues whether it is to improve your job prospects or simply for pleasure? Are you hoping to connect with other global health enthusiasts? There are academic institutions and organizations that offer courses to help you develop, build, or refresh your knowledge and/or skills for professional development.

McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health

The McGill Global Health Programs, the McGill International TB Centre, the JD Maclean Centre for Tropical Diseases, the MUHC-RI (Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health) and the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity are hosting this year’s McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health. The McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health offers a variety of short non-credit professional development courses from June 10-21, 2019 by internationally known faculty members with an emphasis on applicable new courses. See the list of courses being offered this year.

In addition to taking courses in person over the summer, there are also free online courses related to global health that you can take from anywhere in the world. Check out these sites that offer global health related courses online:

Hospital for Sick Children

The Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children leverages their expertise and global networks to provide training for free through online courses that have an emphasis on maternal and child health.

The Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children currently offers a Global Child Health course as well as a Public Health Nutrition course.

Global Health E-Learning Center

The USAID’s Bureau of Global Health established the Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center, which offers a range of courses for global health professionals to improve their technical knowledge. There are also opportunities to earn certificates, such as:

  • Child Survival
  • Cross-Cutting
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Family Planning Methods
  • Family Planning Programming
  • Gender and Health
  • Governance and Health
  • Health Systems
  • Impact Evaluation of Health Communication Programs
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal Health
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Neonatal Health
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Change and Knowledge Management
  • Private Sector Approaches
  • Reproductive Health Issues

University of British Columbia’s Global Health Course Platform

The University of British Columbia offers free global health courses that are conveniently accessible. The platform currently offers the following courses:

  • Global Health Priorities, Determinants, Populations & Public Health
  • Health Systems, Policy, Economics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Infectious and Communicable Diseases
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Pre-Departure Essentials
  • Humanitarian Response
  • Environment and Climate
  • Research Methods, Tools, Resources

Massive open online courses (MOOCs)

There are a number of MOOCs delivered online for free. While these courses are created by academic institutions and companies, the courses are offered by Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn.

Here are a few examples of global health related MOOCs offered:

Although you may take the course for free, if you want the certificate of completion, there is usually a small fee associated with it. That being said, there are a small handful of courses that offer the certificate for free.

Elisabeth Huang is passionate about collaborating with others to address complex systemic issues to improve the lives of marginalized populations. She is currently one of the Professional Development Executives with the Students and Young Professionals Network at the Canadian Coalition For Global Health Research.