Free Online Courses
Why not take the opportunity to utilise many of the free Global Health courses and podcasts that are available? Here are some recommendations. Please let us know about more resources by commenting below.
Free Online Courses
These online courses are made up of postgraduate course material from some top educational institutions. All are completely free and can be completed at your own pace.
Free Global Health podcasts
Podcasts are basically radio programs delivered over the internet to your computer. For most of them you can choose to subscribe to the podcasts to receive each new podcast as it is released, or simply browse the archives and download individual podcasts to listen to.
- PRI ‘Global Health’ podcasts & PRI ‘The World’ podcasts – short (<10min) weekly news and analysis from Public Radio International on a huge range of global health and world topics.
- World Health Organisation (WHO) podcasts – short (<10min) weekly updates on public health from around the world.
- UNICEF podcasts – various programs from UNICEF Radio, TV and special announcements (podcast subscription only).
- Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) podcasts – short/medium (5-20min) monthly updates and analysis of humanitarian issues.
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine podcasts – fortnightly feature articles on global health issues and news.
- Harvard School of Public Health podcasts – occasional talks from Harvard public health leaders and researchers addressing a range of domestic and global health issues.
- ‘Praxis Series’ podcasts – a monthly panel discussion series hosted by the World Bank Pacific Department on international development.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The JHSPH OpenCourseWare (OCW) project provides full free access to the content of the School’s most popular courses. As challenges to the world’s health escalate daily, the School feels a moral imperative to provide equal and open access to information and knowledge about the obstacles to the public’s health and their potential solutions.
USAid Global Health eLearning Center
USAid Global Health eLearning Center offers free online courses which include readings, tutorials, and an online exam. Register for free and you can work your way through subjects of your choice at your own pace. Each course is authored by a subject matter expert or a team of experts, is highly focused, and can be completed in about one to two hours. They combine technical content with program principles, best practices, and case studies with the intention to provide concrete examples and to stimulate your thinking about ways you can use the principles you have learned in the course to solve problems in the field.
Berkeley Webcasts of selected UC Berkeley lecture series cover a whole range of subject areas (including Public Health). Browse the catalogue from 1991-present to find webcasts that interest you. Some of their 2010 current subjects include: Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Examination; Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases; Ethics and Public Health in an Age of Catastrophe; Sociology of Health and Medicine; Statistics.
Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment – From 1997 through 2007, the Center taught the semester-long course Human Health and Global Environmental Change, designed to meet the demand for a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between human health and the global environment for future physicians, policy-makers and public health experts. All course material including lecture videos, reading references, and presentations are freely available on this website.
Harvard Global Health Delivery Online case series – These case series are based on real-life global health scenarios and are used in the Harvard Public Health, Medicine, Management and Business Schools. They feature issues such as multidrug-resistant TB, HIV treatment protocols in countries as diverse as: Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda.
Coursera is a company that collaborates with some of the top universities in the world to provide free courses online. Designed to be similar to university courses with specific start dates and facilitator led classes, the student is also provided with a certificate after successful completion of the course. Courses on offer include a variety of global health courses taught by instructors from Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida.
Edx is a non-for-profit collaboration between Harvard University and MIT. Of particular interest is the course PH207x Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research, which provides teaching on epidemiology and biostatistics.
The Global Health Network eLearning Centre
The Global Health Network (TGHN) launched its eLearning Centre in 2012, offering a range of Short Courses and Seminars. These cover a range of global health research topics (protocols, measurement, reporting, ethics, laboratory issues etc.) as well as broader topics on global health genomics and malaria. These are taught by full-time global health workers from around the globe.