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Course | Global Health

Health Sciences

Global Health introduces learners to public health on a global scale. They discover what disease is and investigate how it impacts world populations. By studying different societies, they learn about the relationship between health and socioeconomic development. Learners discover how environmental, nutritional, and behavioral risk factors jeopardize health and understand how communities, governments, and cooperative global efforts can intervene to improve health. Wherever possible, learners first study each concept as it applies to their community and then, they examine the concept in a more global context. In many lessons, learners practice deciphering and interpreting the data in tables, charts, graphs, and maps. Learners engage with information compiled by the leading global health agencies, such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Bank, and UNICEF. After the course, learners explore careers in global health.

Planning Tools
For Learners

PLANNING TOOLS provides a guide to course implementation, including scope and sequence, lesson plans, and the culminating project overview.

FOR LEARNERS: This resource encourages and supports students on their learning journey by providing opportunities to deepen their knowledge, feed their passion, build their Future Ready skills, and deepen their career identity through NAF's "Take Charge of Your Learning" framework of REFLECT, STRETCH, INNOVATE, and SHOWCASE.

Staff Pick

The Process

What global health cause would you like to focus on? Follow the design process to brainstorm opportunities to create a more equitable world from the Gates Discovery Center

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 Health and Society
Unit 3 Risk Factors and Disease
Unit 4 Preventative and Curative Intervention
Unit 5 Putting It All Together

Featured Resources



SimPandemic helps you learn how a pandemic evolves by visualizing different scenarios in graphs that depict...

Social Determinants of Health


This teaching pack was developed by the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University to...

Global Public Health


Boclips for Teachers has built collections of...

Taking Action for a Clean Environment

Interactive Lesson

In this media-rich, self-paced lesson, students explore activism—taking action to bring about...

The Spread of Infectious Diseases

Lesson Plan

A multi-part lesson that tracks how infectious diseases spread on a global scale.

STEM Global - Covid 19 in Context

Virtual Field Trip

Created by the Gates Foundation Discovery Center, this virtual field trip encourages students to make connections...

Preparing for the Next Pandemic

Pop-up Case

A hypothetical case study set in 2050 from Model Diplomacy

STEM Global Data Driven Curriculum

Lesson Plan

Students review data of past, current and future trends of air pollution and its effect on human health from the...

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