Global Health Primer for Doctors

Online short course

Overview - Global Health Primer for Doctors

The Global Health Primer for Doctors is a six-week online course aimed at early-career doctors who are interested in a career in global health. It will provide a foundational knowledge base, teach relevant critical skills, and generate a network of clinicians to prepare you for future work within the field.

Course objectives

  • To define global health and issues pertaining to global health such as health inequity within the current world landscape
  • To develop critical analysis and appraisal skills and apply this to scientific papers relevant to global health, and to break this down to a digestible level for local communities
  • To analyse clinical scenarios and create appropriate investigative and management plans for parasitological infections
  • To discuss public health strategies for the control of parasitic infections
  • To analyse disease elimination and eradication strategies and identify appropriate diseases to be targeted for this
  • To develop a network of like-minded people, interested in global health, who can learn from each other and work together to solve problems
  • To develop teamworking skills within the online environment

Who should apply? 

This course is aimed at early-career doctors who would like to work within the field of global health.

As the course delivery is fully online, we expect our audience to be one which continues to work full-time throughout the course, remaining in their home country (or the country in which they work), allowing them to continue to earn a living whilst also studying part-time on an affordable, high-quality course.

Teaching and assessment

This is a fully online course, with a mix of asynchronous activities, as well as live sessions which we strongly encourage you to attend. Students will be required to complete 12.5 hours of learning each week, of which 4 hours per week will be live, synchronous sessions delivered via Zoom. All live sessions will start at 2pm and finish at 6pm (GMT), and the dates are outlined below. We hope that by sharing these dates with you now, you will have time to apply for study leave. View sample timetable.

  • Day 1 - Sunday 9 of January 2022
  • Day 2 - Thursday 20 January 2022
  • Day 3 - Thursday 27 January 2022
  • Day 4 - Thursday 3 February 2022
  • Day 5 - Thursday 10 February 2022
  • Day 6 - Thursday 17 February 2022

Much of the teaching has been designed to be interactive, to enable you to (virtually) meet other students on the course and to develop networks whilst gaining fundamental learning for a foundation in global health.

There will be a series of formative assessments throughout the course, mainly based around the live and interactive days, to which you will need to have contributed in order to gain your Certificate of Completion at the end of the course

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.


100% of students on the 2022 course would recommend the course to friends and colleagues. 

“Really enjoyed this course, has been a perfect taster to global health and develop my interest in this further, course leads have all been excellent and each has brought different experience and knowledge to the course, really inspired me to take things further and develop my interest in global health/infectious diseases”

“Awesome course, really loved the small group cohort & having peers and lecturers from different backgrounds”

“I really enjoyed this course, I had reached a slight ebb in my enthusiasm for my career in medicine after COVID and found this has really inspired to me to pursue what I find interesting.”

“I’m glad I was a part of this course, no regrets just happiness. This course made me love more, research and dream more about following this career, I’m sure with the knowledge I have learned here I’ll do better and I’ll pursuit for more to complement”

“Excellent faculty, good tone of course with interesting topics/expectations and online environment to contribute, overall well planned/structured/thought-out”

“[I liked] multicultural interaction, competence of the course and thoughts openness”

“Enjoyed doing group work with people from all around the world and learning different perspectives. Really enjoyed practically planning programmes for disease elimination, particularly thinking about the specific cultural factors. I thought all 3 organisers – Becky, Phil and Dave were very approachable! I also loved all the real-world advice for a career in global health”

How to apply
How to apply - Global Health Primer for Doctors

Applications are now closed. Register your interest to be notified when applications open. 

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