KIGlobalHx: An Introduction to Global Health


Understanding challenges and solutions to global health issues from an inter-disciplinary perspective.

About this Course

Global Health is a new field within public health sciences that integrates the knowledge from fields such as epidemiology, medicine, economy and the behavioral sciences. The main aim of the course, An Introduction to Global Health, is to describe and analyze variation in health between and within countries. This will provide an understanding of causes of the variation. The course will include measurements and determinants of health. Further, the course offers a public health perspective of the global burden of diseases. The course will specifically address: Maternal and Child Health; Sexual reproductive health and rights; Major infectious disease - malaria, TB, HIV, pneumonia; Non communicable disease; Mental health; Disasters; Injuries; Health systems and financing; and Health policy. Analysis will be done from a gender and equity perspective.

The course combines different teaching methods: lectures, self-study, and exercises using gapminder tools ( to analyze indicators. An added value is that the course is open to participants from different parts of the world, which creates an intercultural learning and teaching environment.

By the end of this course, you should have a good idea of how these key global health challenges are approached by different stakeholders. You will have developed an understanding of what kind of solutions exist today and hopefully you will be curious as to how to make positive difference in the world.

Course Staff

  • Asli Kulane

    MD, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor in International Health at Global Health (IHCAR) unit, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet

    Asli is a senior lecturer with extensive experience in Global Health education. She has played a key role in developing global health courses offered at IHCAR to full programmes both at the Masters level (Master in Global Health) and PhD level (World Health Programme). Asli has been part of the team that established one of the first research schools with a focus on global health, The Research School for Global Health.

    Her current area of research includes HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Behavioural aspects of vaccine trials in low-income countries, Migration and Health. She has worked in different parts of Africa including Somalia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Asli is an MD from Somalia with a Masters of Medical Sciences (Mr. Med. Sc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from Karolinska Institutet and a PhD in Immunology from Stockholm University.

  • Anna Mia Ekström

    MD, MPH, PhD, Clinical Professor

    Anna Mia Ekström is a clinical professor in infectious disease epidemiology focusing on HIV. Over the last 14 years, she has led a number of large research projects mainly in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, South Africa), aiming at a more effective program implementation of HIV prevention and treatment in resource-poor health systems and high-risk contexts and subpopulations. Anna Mia has a combined a clinical professorship position at the Karolinska Institutet (KI) and the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden and works part-time as a clinical specialist in Infectious Diseases and HIV. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in quantitative methods from Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD in medical epidemiology from KI. She is a course coordinator for both undergraduate and graduate courses in global health, HIV and infectious diseases and a frequent lecturer.

    Her areas of expertise include Epidemiology, Clinical Infectious Disease Medicine, Public health, Global Health, Health Systems and Maternal health. Key research areas include the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), HIV/AIDS care and program implementation.

  • 2014, 6 weeks
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