Global Health Courses


Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health offers traditional and online courses to Vanderbilt undergraduate seniors, medical students, nursing students, and graduate-level students in programs across campus. Log in to YES (Your Enrollment Services) for additional course details and to enroll. For more information, contact Elizabeth Rose.

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Course Descriptions

Case Studies in Tropical Diseases (online)

This online course will introduce tropical diseases and parasitology in a clinical case study format. It is designed for clinicians who wish to refine their diagnostic and therapeutic skills in dealing with diseases not seen often in the US, but prevalent in tropical environs. Non-clinical graduate students in other disciplines who have advanced medical/clinical vocabularies also can be considered. [1 credit hour]

Ethics in Global Health

This course provides an overview of ethical issues and standards in global health, particularly with respect to ethics in international research. Its aim is to provide students in the health professions and others interested in global health with a framework in which to recognize, examine, resolve, and prevent ethical conflicts in their international work. Through readings, lectures and discussion, students will explore diverse historical and contemporary international perspectives on the concepts of ethics and health as well as formulating recommendations for prevention and resolution of ethical conflicts related to global health. [1 credit hour]

Essential Skills in Global Health

Core field tools, needs assessment, implementation techniques and methodologies in global health program implementation. Management and leadership of global health programs and organizations in complex and challenging environments. Underpinnings of health systems, data collection, and analysis, program design and management. [3 credit hours]

Foundations of Global Health

This course introduces students to key topics, concepts and methods in global health, examining determinants of complex issues and exploring multidimensional approaches and interventions with a particular emphasis on low resource settings. Health and developmental issues across nations and cultures that require collective (partnership-based) action are highlighted by an interdisciplinary faculty using didactic, interactive and practical elements of instruction. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to discuss research and evaluation methodologies commonly used in the field, identify key global health questions and design suitable projects that address the question. [3 credit hours]

Fundamentals of Global Health: Addressing Global Health Disparities (online)

This course is designed for graduate students interested in global health and will consist of seven units: Introduction to Global Health, Health Disparities, Health Care Delivery Systems, Evidence-based Practice, Non-communicable and Communicable illnesses, Trauma and Violence and Effective, Ethical Models for Global Health Engagement. The course will focus on best practices for allocating scarce resources and engaging in interdisciplinary global health work with diverse communities from a cultural, ethical, and clinical perspective. Students will engage in learning through readings, synchronous and asynchronous discussions, case studies, and written assignments. This course is designed for students interested in caring for and empowering underserved populations locally and abroad. [3 credit hours]

Global Health Nicaragua

This twelve-week course is designed to expose graduate students to the basic health care systems of Nicaragua centered around a one-week trip to the country. Students will gain a basic understanding of the health care disparities between Nicaragua and Nashville; understand the role of a visiting health care provider in global health stewardship; understand the role of diabetes, hypertension, and nutrition among the Nicaraguan people. Students will work to educate Nicaraguan patients in diabetes, nutrition and cardiovascular health, and will educate the Vanderbilt community through a poster session upon their return. The class will be composed of didactic and small group case-based learning, several small group project designs, journal club, and clinic observation, culminating in a poster session. Pre- or co-requisites: Basic knowledge of Spanish or SPAN 211: Spanish for the Medical Profession. This course may be taken as credit toward the Graduate Certificate in Global Health and is offered to medical students. [1 credit hour]

Global Health Politics and Policy

Global Health Politics and Policy introduces core global health problems facing the world’s populations today and examines the efforts taken to improve health at a global level. We will focus on the social and political movements of global health issues and how these forces created and shaped global health policy both in the U.S. and among the G8 nations from 2000‐2011. [1 credit hour]

Informatics for Global Health Professionals (online)

This course serves as an introduction to medical informatics with an emphasis on global health care settings. As global health bridges both patient care and public health, so informatics in this context covers both patient-based information systems and public health information systems. International cooperation on health information system issues has resulted in both extensive knowledge repositories and a powerful set of tools and techniques that can be used by practitioners and researchers. The module consists of lectures with discussion and analysis as well as hands-on instruction with some software applications and electronic resources. [1 credit hour]

Laboratory Technologies in Low-Resource Settings

This multidisciplinary course investigates health-centric technologies and their application in resource-limited settings. We will examine the latest low-cost, high-efficiency technological solutions that are changing the landscape of clinical diagnostics, laboratory sciences, and human health. Instructors will share their experiences working in Haiti, Zambia, and South Africa. Students will learn how innovations from the lab are expanding field-based clinical capacity and improving human health around the globe. This is primarily a didactic course aimed at students interested in various health fields, biomedical engineering, and/or the basic sciences. This course will include some basic laboratory work with students learning about fundamental technologies in hands-on projects. We will cover strengths, limitations, and appropriate use of global health and laboratory technologies in the changing landscape of international research, clinical care, and development. A basic understanding of biology and chemistry will be advantageous. Open to graduate level trainees; undergraduate juniors and seniors should seek instructor approval before registering. [3 credit hours]

Leadership and Management in Global Health

This course introduces students to principles of management and leadership of global health programs and organizations in complex and challenging environments. Students will explore diverse health systems, organizational behavior, health policy, program design, and core management techniques. [3 credit hours]