The course, taught in English and Portuguese, presents the fundamental aspects of Global Health and the importance of studying public health in a global context in order to contribute to the improvement of the health of populations worldwide. With the globalization of diseases, the inequities in health systems in diverse cultural settings, and the need of human resources to better interface with different populations and cultures, there is an urge to prepare healthcare professionals with skills and capabilities to face global health challenges and provide solutions in different settings, mainly referring to low- and middle-income countries. Each seminar focuses on a particular aspect of global health. Students earning this certificate will be prepared to apply cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills to integrate basic concepts of the global burden of disease, disease control and prevention in communicable and non-communicable diseases, health system resilience and environmental health, all in the context of global health by focusing on health at multiple intersectoral and social levels, i.e., individual family, community and public sector.
Perhaps the only consensus that exists about the Covid-19 pandemic is that no one was prepared for the devastating impact it had on all societies. There is a need to study its impact on global health. The pandemic is produced by the Sars-Cov 2 virus and its circumstances, and fits into the explanatory framework of so-called One Health, that is, the complex relationship between human life and animal life, which is populated by all kinds of microorganisms, including viruses, in a given ecosystem, within a broader societal framework. The picture becomes more challenging with the inclusion the environment, threatened by deforestation and biodiversity loss, in a broader context of climate change and global warming, and of deeply unequal and inequitable societies. Indeed, the impact of pandemics leads us to learn how to manage in a very complex world.